A dominant pitching performance by Florida's Alex Faedo was too much for South Carolina to overcome in a 1-0 loss to the Gators on Thursday night. Faedo pitched 8.2 innings of scoreless ball, and a RBI single by Keenan Bell in the bottom of the fifth was all Florida would need.
Both Faedo and South Carolina right-hander Clarke Schmidt were as good as advertised with limited offense on both sides of the plate. Faedo struck out nine, walked four and allowed just three hits to earn the win. He is 6-1 on the year. Schmidt allowed one run on four hits in 5.1 innings with three walks and two strikeouts. He would have to leave the game in the sixth inning with soreness in his right forearm. Florida reliever Michael Byrne recorded the final out of the game for his seventh save of the year.
After the game, Schmidt said he doesn't think his injury was serious, but more tests will determine if that's the case.
“My forearm was getting a little tight throughout the game," Schmidt said. "No sharpness, no sharp pain, no tingling, that’s the positive thing I’m taking out of this. I’ve been working on my changeup grip and that might have a little something to do with it. They seem to think it’s flexor right now so that’s a good thing. Hopefully it’s nothing structural. I didn’t feel it on one certain pitch or anything like that. I was still low 90’s so we are going to see how everything works out and hopefully everything is fine.”
The Gamecocks drop to 23-14, 8-8 SEC while Florida improved to 26-12, 9-7 SEC. Game two of the series is Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. and can be seen on the SEC Network.
**Release by South Carolina Athletic Media Relations/Photo by Allen Sharpe**