COLUMBIA, MO.—South Carolina's offensive struggles came to an ugly head Saturday night.
In an already rough year offensively in SEC play, the Gamecocks were one-hit in game two against Missouri while the bullpen faltered late in an 11-0 loss.
The Gamecocks avoided being no-hit for the first time since 1990 with Luke Berryhill driving a one-out single to right in the ninth inning for the team's first hit of the day.
Saturday was the team's biggest lost of the season and worst since losing 14-1 to Kentucky last season. It's the third time they've been shutout this season.
They'd put four runners on against TJ Sikkema, all coming on walks but couldn't muster much else. They'd put just one runner on the final four innings and stranding all four runners.
Over the first 18 innings of the series they've stranded 13 runners and hit 3-for-19 with runners on base. The Gamecocks (24-19, 5-15 SEC) struck out 15 times.
South Carolina's poor offensive output wasted a dominant start from Cam Tringali, who sliced his way through Missouri's lineup almost except for one pitch.
He made one mistake in a career-high 6.1 innings, giving up a RBI double to Peter Zimmerman but was near perfect outside of the seventh inning.
The freshman right scattered five hits and three walks over his outing, striking out a career-high six batters.
It's the second time this year he's pitched at least six innings and given up no more than two runs.
He'd hit trouble in the seventh, putting two on with one out after a hit batter and walk before the bullpen gave up both inherited runners on back-to-back singles.
That was part of a nightmare seventh inning where four Gamecock relievers gave up eight runs on five hits and an error while walking two, including walking in a run with two outs.
The Gamecocks' bullpen ultimately gave up eight runs on eight hits is just 1.2 innings.
The Gamecocks have now lost all eight conference series this season and are 10 games below .500 in league play with 10 SEC games left to play.