Comeback falls short as USC loses Florida series — CAROLINA BASEBALL

Henrietta Strickland
March 19, 2018

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.

SC would lose the game 3-2 Sunday, giving them its first SEC-opening series loss since 2012. "I'm not going to say we're happy to lose a series against anybody because we're not", Kingston said. "We did that. We came up one run short [Sunday] from wining the series, so it doesn't mean we haven't gotten stronger". So to me that's something we'll build on, it'll help our confidence but it also means we lost the series so that means there's more work to be done. "But we saw things that if we tweak this, get a little better in this area, we'll start to win these series so that's our mindset". "We are getting closer and we're getting stronger as a team".

SC wasn't fooled by Jackson Kowar from the start. He allowed four hits and two earned runs to move to 4-1 on the year. He had to battle out of jams throughout his five innings of work.

"We played just as well as they did".

The first SC run came in the bottom of the fourth on a Danny Blair single. Florida ended the scoring in the ninth on Jonathan India's two-run home run. J.J. Schwarz snapped the flawless stretch with a homer in the fourth.

Demurias threw four scoreless innings, striking out four and walking one.

"Really", Kingston said, "That was the difference in the ball game".

Trailing from the start, SC was able to put pressure on Gator starter Tyler Dyson, getting two runners on base in four of the five innings he started as they chipped away at his early 3-0 lead. He also has 50 career RBI. The Gamecocks second tally came on a Jacob Olson solo home run in the fifth. Dyson (4-1) hit Chris Cullen on his next pitch and was then pulled by Florida (18-4, 2-1 SEC) coach Kevin O'Sullivan, after giving up 6 hits with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks over 115 pitches. I thought I threw the ball well.

South Carolina's Parker Coyne worked a flawless fifth inning then gave way to Eddy Demurias in the sixth, following a leadoff walk to India.

"The situation I came in, my team just needed me to give them a chance to stay in the game and that's what I was trying to do". Despite out hitting Florida six to four, they'd strand 10 players on base.

"Eddy was outstanding. Eddy wanted to be good this weekend and he was really good", Kingston said. The rubber match will be Sunday at 1 Founders Park. SEC play resumes next weekend on the road against Georgia. He sees improvement in this team game after game especially after playing a very talented Florida team. It was his sixth of the season and second of the weekend.

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