• Brianna Walton

Gamecocks' pitching struggles in Friday loss to Missouri

Following a rain delay that pushed Friday’s start time nearly two hours past its original mark, No. 11 South Carolina fell to Missouri 7-2 in the opening game of this SEC series.

Junior outfielder Brady Allen gave the Gamecocks an early 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single to left field. Jack Mahoney, who made his first career start at third base Friday, would also score in the second inning on a wild pitch to put South Carolina up 2-0, a lead they would hold until the fifth inning.

After a solid start to Friday’s game, that included nine total strikeouts, Gamecocks starting pitcher Thomas Farr would face trouble from Missouri’s offense in the fifth inning.

With the bases loaded, freshman designated hitter Garrett Rice belted a bases-clearing double to left field to give Missouri their first lead of the game, 3-2, and the Tigers never looked back.

Farr would exit after five innings, but the offensive attack continued for Missouri.

The Tigers would go on to score three runs in the sixth inning, and add their final run in the eighth inning, leading to the 7-2 win.

South Carolina (19-9, 6-4 SEC) will look to tie the series tomorrow against Missouri (11-17, 4-6 SEC) at noon in Columbia, South Carolina. The game will air on SEC Network Plus.

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