The South Carolina Gamecocks traveled to Lexington, Kentucky with the hope if getting their season back on track! Going into this game, The Gamecocks has lost their last 3 series in the SEC and had dropped from a top 10 ranking to barely being in the top 25 in many polls.
In Game 1: The Gamecocks scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 12-6 win over Kentucky. The Gamecocks scored four runs on five hits in the first, highlighted by Braylen Wimmer’s triple to right. Kentucky bounced back with three in the third, but The Gamecocks answered with three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Kentucky plated three in the seventh but The Gamecocks added insurance with single runs in the eighth and ninth, the latter on a Wimmer home run. Wimmer, Brady Allen and Josiah Sightler had three hits apiece in the win. Allen was 3-for-4 with two walks and three runs scored. Sightler drove in a pair and Wes Clarke had three RBI in the victory. Brannon Jordan picked up his fifth win of the season, striking out six and allowing five hits and three runs in five innings. Julian Bosnic earned his third save with four strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
In Game 2: The only Superlative that can be used to describe it is “Next Level” from Junior Brett Kerry. He went the distance, striking out 10 and allowing just four hits to pitch the first complete-game shutout for the University of South Carolina baseball team in seven years as the Gamecocks defeated Kentucky, 9-0. Kerry only needed 94 pitches to earn his fourth win of the season. It also was his first start of 2021. Carolina gave Kerry all the runs he needed in the first on an RBI groundout from Josiah Sightler. Another RBI groundout, this one from David Mendham in the fifth, made it 2-0 Carolina. Andrew Eyster then broke the game open with a grand slam, his second of the season, to make it 6-0. Eyster drove in his fifth run with an infield single in the eighth. Braylen Wimmer ended the scoring with his second home run of the series, a two-run shot in the ninth.
An Interesting fact that came from Game 2 was: Kerry’s complete-game shutout was Carolina’s first since Wil Crowe did the trick against Campbell in the 2014 NCAA Columbia Regional.
In Game 3: The Gamecocks defeated the Wildcats, 11-6,Andrew Eyster had four hits and drove in four runs in the win. George Callil had two hits and scored three runs while Brady Allen, Josiah Sightler and Wes Clarke each drove in a pair. The Gamecocks scored three runs in both the third and fourth innings. Sightler brought in a pair in the third with a home run to left. Clarke had the big hit in the fourth, a two-run double to the gap in left. The Gamecocks matched Kentucky’s run in the bottom of the fourth with one in the top of the fifth. The Gamecocks put up three runs in the seventh and added an insurance run in the ninth. Thomas Farr earned his first SEC win on the mound, allowing two earned runs and seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
This was the first time since 2002, the University of South Carolina baseball team went into Lexington and completed a three-game sweep of Kentucky.
The Gamecocks plays its last midweek game of 2021 with a home game against Appalachian State on Tuesday night (May 18), and will also play Tennessee (Thursday-Saturday) In both teams final SEC Series.