The Gamecocks didn’t get off to the start they wanted too against the visiting Mississippi State Bulldogs. And ultimately it was just too big of a hole to climb out of for South Carolina baseball.
The Gamecocks dropped their series-opener at home against Mississippi State on Friday night 7-4. South Carolina now moves to 21-12 overall and 7-6 in conference while the Bulldogs move to 24-12 and 9-4 in the SEC.
This is the third home SEC series in a row were the Gamecocks have lost the first game. South Carolina managed to win its series against Alabama but lost the series to Vanderbilt last week. The Gamecocks also dropped their contest against North Carolina earlier this week, losing 20-5.
Starting pitcher Clarke Schmidt gave up a first inning home run to Brent Rooker, then gave up four more runs in the second to put the Gamecocks in 5-0 hole. But Schmidt dominated for the next 6.0 innings, as the Bulldogs were held scorless. He also struck out 11 batters over the course of game. Schmidt’s final line read: 8.0 innings pitched, 11 strikeouts, 5 hits allowed, 5 runs allowed with 2 of them earned.
South Carolina meanwhile was held scoreless until seventh inning. The Gamecocks got their first run thanks to a wild pitch and tacked on three more runs in the inning to pull it within one. Madison Stokes tried to tie up the game in the seventh on a double from Jonah Bride but Stokes got thrown out at home to end the inning.
After Schimdt came out in the ninth inning the Gamecocks gave up two more runs after left field dropped a long fly ball with two outs to extend the Mississippi State lead to 7-4. The Gamecocks failed to score a run in the bottom half of the inning, ending the game.
The two teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on SEC Network+.
South Carolina baseball box score