Gator Baseball Out at SEC Tourney
A day after blowing a four-run lead in the ninth inning, South Carolina scored five runs in the second inning Thursday and made it stand in an 11-3 victory over Florida in the second round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament. The loss knocking Florida out of the double-elimination tournament.
The Gamecocks, who lost 5-4 to LSU in Wednesday's opening-round after leading 4-0 in the ninth, jumped out to an early lead Thursday when they sent 11 batters to the plate in the second inning and scored five runs on five hits and three walks.
Parker Bangs, Harley Lail and Resse Havens each had an RBI hit to chase Florida starter Billy Bullock (4-4) after only 1 1/3 innings. Florida, which had scored a run in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly by Brandon McArthur, added runs in the third and fifth innings to narrow the gap to 5-3. McArthur delivered another RBI on a single to center field in the third, and Cole Figueroa had an RBI single in the fifth. The loss drops the Gators to 34-22 for the year. The Gators will next await to hear their NCAA tournament fate on Sunday.
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