One word to describe this first SEC home series: ugh.
The Gamecocks were hardly impressive this weekend, looking flat in all three games they played against Arkansas. Today, they dropped the series finale 5-3 for the first sweep at home by an opponent since 1996.
USC was first on the board this afternoon. Chase Vergason got a booboo and a free base, then moved to second on a balk. Joey Pankake, who has mercifully shaved off that mustache he had, grounded out to advance Vergason to third, and LB Dantzler singled to bring Vergason in and make it 1-0 in favor of the home team.
That lead was short-lived, though, as the Hogs tied things up in the top of the second. Brian Anderson led off with a walk, Matt Vinson doubled to right, and Dominic Ficociello grounded out to get Anderson across home plate.
Arkansas took the lead in the top of the fourth. Anderson started with a single, Vinson laid down a sac bunt, and Ficociello advanced Anderson with another groundout. Then Willie Schwanke, Jake Wise, and Jacob Mahan laced back-to-back-to-back singles to bring in two runs and make it 3-1 Razorbacks.
Things were quiet for both teams until the bottom of the seventh, when the Cocks tied things up. Grayson Greiner coaxed a one-out walk, Connor Bright reached first on a fielding error, and Erik Payne came through with a RBI single. Sean Sullivan and Tanner English then took back-to-back runs, which made it 3-3.
South Carolina had a golden opportunity to put themselves on top in the eighth, but they left the bases loaded. Neither team was able to add to their run total before the end of nine innings, which meant free baseball in Cola. There was nothing doing for anyone in the tenth inning, but Arkansas got it done in the top of the eleventh.