COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina baseball team dropped its first SEC series of the season with a 3-2 loss to No. 2 Florida on Sunday afternoon at Founders Park.
It was the first opening series loss in SEC play since 2012 against Kentucky.
Ten Gamecocks (13-7, 1-2 SEC) were left on base Sunday. As a team, they went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
South Carolina’s pitchers did their part, limiting a potent Florida (18-4, 2-1 SEC) offense, which totaled 14 runs and 19 hits over first two games of the series.
In his third Sunday start of the season, junior college transfer Ridge Chapman (1-2) tossed 72 pitches over 4 innings, during which he gave up 3 hits and had a strikeout. Two of the hits were leadoff home runs.
After Wil Dalton’s shot in the first, his third homer of the series, Jonathan India tripled off the wall in left-center, but Chapman left him there and went on to retire the next seven batters. J.J. Schwarz snapped the perfect stretch with a homer in the fourth.
South Carolina cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom half of the inning when Danny Blair bounced a 2-out single up the middle, but the Gamecocks left a pair of runners on base when Noah Campbell popped out to second.
L.T. Tolbert and Matt Williams reached with back-to-back singles in the fifth, but neither Jonah Bride nor Carlos Cortes were able to drive them in.
Jacob Olson led off the sixth with a solo shot. Florida righty Tyler Dyson (4-1) hit Chris Cullen on his next pitch and was then pulled by coach Kevin O’Sullivan, after giving up 6 hits with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks over 115 pitches.
Freshman Parker Coyne worked a perfect fifth inning then gave way to Eddy Demurias in the sixth, following a leadoff walk to India. Demurias shut down the inning with a pair of strikeouts, the second of which ended the frame when Chris Cullen caught India trying to steal second.
Demurias finished with 4 strikeouts, 1 hit and a walk over 4 innings of work.
South Carolina returns to action on Tuesday at The Citadel. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. SEC play resumes next weekend on the road against Georgia.
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