From staff reports/Photo by Allen Sharpe
Missouri rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat South Carolina 5-3 Sunday and hand the Gamecocks their seventh straight SEC series loss.
South Carolina fell to 30-21 and 12-15 in the SEC. The Gamecocks must sweep Georgia at home next weekend to finish .500 in the league. Missouri is 31-21 and 11-16 in the SEC after winning two of three from South Carolina.
The Gamecocks led 3-2 entering the bottom of the eighth but Chris Cornelius led off with a double to right and scored on Trey Harris' RBI single off Josh Reagan. Tyler Johnson relieved Reagan, but Missouri took the lead on a walk, a balk and a wild pitch. The Tigers added another run on an RBI single by Kameron Misner.
South Carolina put two base runners on in the ninth on singles by LT Tolbert and Jonah Bride, but could not score.
Missouri took a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run home run by Brett Bond off Gamecock starter Reed Scott. South Carolina tied it in the third when they loaded the bases and scored on an RBI groundout by Bride and an infield hit by Jacob Olson.
The Gamecocks took the lead in the fifth when Tolbert singled and Olson knocked him in with a two-out double.
South Carolina was 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
"We had our opportunities to go up by more than one run. We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities," head coach Chad Holbrook said. "Their pitching staff put four zeros up on the board after the fifth and three runs wasn’t good enough to get it done.”
South Carolina returns home to host USC Upstate Tuesday at 7 p.m. before hosting Georgia in the final home series of the season next weekend.