OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss broke a 4-all tie with a pair of runs in the fifth as the University of South Carolina baseball team was swept by Ole Miss, 6-4, on Saturday night at Swayze Field.
Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second on Wes Clarke's 16th home run of the season, a mammoth shot that almost hit the scoreboard. Ole Miss answered with two in the second and two in the third, but Carolina came back to tie the game at four in the top of the fifth as Brady Allen brought in George Callil with a single to right. Ole Miss broke the tie in the bottom of the frame on run-scoring singles from Hayden Dunhurst and TJ McCants.
Brett Kerry was tagged with his first loss of the season. He struck out nine in 3.1 innings of relief while allowing six hits and two runs with a walk. Will Sanders started the game for the Garnet and Black, allowing four runs and five hits in two-plus innings of work with two strikeouts. Julian Bosnic pitched the final 2.2 innings of hitless relief, striking out three.
Clarke drove in three runs in the loss.
Gamecocks fall in Game 1
The University of South Carolina baseball team dropped the first game of a doubleheader, 7-3, to Ole Miss Saturday afternoon at Swayze Field.
The Gamecocks jumped out in front in the second on Colin Burgess' fourth home run of the season. Ole Miss came back with a pair in the second, highlighted by a Justin Bench home run and scored two in the fifth and three in the sixth as Jacob Gonzalez and Hayden Dunhurst each had longballs.
Carolina scored two in the seventh on George Callil's double to left but that ended the scoring for the Gamecocks.
Brannon Jordan was tagged with the loss for Carolina, striking out four and allowing four hits and four runs with four walks in five innings. Andrew Peters had four strikeouts and allowed four hits and three runs in three innings of relief.
Carolina opens a four-game homestand Tuesday night against North Florida. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed on SEC Network Plus.