- Austin Nasser
South Carolina Swept at Texas
The No. 12 South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team closed out their three-game series against No. 19 Texas with a third straight defeat, 8-5, in Austin on Sunday afternoon.
The Gamecocks (11-3, 0-0 SEC) have had a strong start to their season, but this weekend was their first time playing against a ranked opponent this season. Meanwhile, the Longhorns earned their first series sweep of the season.
After not hitting a home run since the series finale against Clemson in February, Gamecock slugger Wes Clarke got back to his usual self, sending his ninth home run of the season over the wall on a solo shot in the third inning. It was Clarke’s first home run since the series finale against Clemson back in February.
It was the Longhorns though that would hold a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the fourth.
Bosnic was replaced by Andrew Peters in the fourth inning and the Longhorns took advantage, scoring four runs in the inning, led by DJ Pentrinsky’s two-run double to comfortably give Texas the strong lead.
Overall, it was a very successful day at the plate for the Longhorns as every starter had a hit. South Carolina also had a solid offensive day with 10 hits, but the Longhorns were able to endure the hits by finishing off innings with clutch plays.
The Gamecocks made a slight push at a comeback with two runs in the top of the ninth, but the remaining three-run deficit was too large to overcome and Texas secured the win.
South Carolina looks to bounce back on Tuesday with a home game against Davidson. They will then travel to Nashville, Tennessee to take on No. 2 Vanderbilt in what will surely shape up to be a very tough series for the Gamecocks.