South Carolina 7, Arkansas 1

South Carolina downs Arkansas 7-1 on Sunday in Columbia to take two of three games from the Razorbacks (33-17, 13-14), which leaves them in a four-way tie atop the SEC West heading into next weekend's regular season finale with visiting Ole Miss.

Arkansas ends the weekend right where it started it - in a first-place tie in the SEC West, but there's a couple of more clubs now bunched at the top.

South Carolina downed Arkansas 7-1 Sunday in a rubber game in Columbia - a result that leaves the Razorbacks (33-17, 13-14) in four-way tie along with Auburn, Mississippi State and Alabama heading into the last weekend of the regular season.

Arkansas and Alabama won just one game this weekend while Mississippi State and Auburn won a pair to create the massive pile-up at the top of the SEC West.

Since Ole Miss is just off that pace at 12-15 and LSU at 11-16, the Razorbacks could either win the SEC West or be left out of the league tournament - which takes the top four teams in each division - depending on the results next weekend.

While Arkansas is hosting Ole Miss, Auburn will travel to face Tennessee, Mississippi State will host LSU and Alabama must go to South Carolina.

The Gamecocks (41-11, 20-7) got a career-best pitching performance from sophomore right-hander Clay Homes, who gave up the one run on six hits while fanning seven and walking just one.

Matt Vincent's ninth-inning homer kept the Razorbacks from being shutout in front of 8,142 fans at Carolina Stadium.

Former pitcher Steven Neff, who had just five career hits entering the weekend, was 3-of-4 for the second straight day for South Carolina.

He launched two bombs on Sunday while homering three times in the last two game of the series.

Arkansas starter Cade Lynch (4-3) was the losing pitcher while giving up a pair of runs before retiring anyone in the second inning.

Brandon Moore, Barrett Astin, Nolan Sanburn and Colby Suggs all followed Lynch to the mound.

Tim Carver and red-hot Dominic Ficociello had two hits each of the Razorbacks' seven total on Sunday.

Ficociello, who has an 11-game hitting streak, was 8-of-14 in the series.

Arkansas will host Tennessee-Martin Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. before opening its three-game series with Ole Miss on Thursday at Baum Stadium.


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