Jason Ivester, Hawgs Illustrated

Hogs Fall Behind Early, Drop SEC Opener

No. 13 Arkansas dropped its SEC opener 10-6 at No. 12 South Carolina Friday night.

Arkansas dug itself too deep of a hole Friday night.

The No. 13 Razorbacks gave up eight runs in the first two innings and lost their SEC opener 10-6 at No. 12 South Carolina.

Dominic Taccolini allowed four straight singles to lead off the Gamecocks' first inning, the last of which was a two-run single by Alex Destino.

A few batters later, South Carolina (18-2, 1-0) got a sacrifice fly by Chris Cullen and two-run double by DC Arendas to extend its lead to 5-0.

The second inning was much of the same for the Gamecocks, as they added three runs on Dom Thompson-Williams' two-run triple and Cullen's RBI double.

However, Taccolini settled in and ended his outing with four scoreless innings.

Arkansas (15-4, 0-1) got on the board in the third with a home run by Tucker Pennell and Carson Shaddy knocked in a run in the sixth, but the Razorbacks struggled to figure out South Carolina starter Clarke Schmidt.

The right-hander struck out a career-high 12 batters for the Gamecocks and wasn't chased from the game until the eighth inning, when Arkansas led off with back-to-back singles by Clark Eagan and Darien Simms.

They eventually scored on Shaddy's two-run single and Luke Bonfield followed with a first-pitch two-run home run to cut South Carolina's lead to three.

That was as close as the Razorbacks would get, though.

Reliever Kacey Murphy gave up three straight singles, including an RBI single to John Jones, in the home half of the inning to cap the scoring.

Arkansas and South Carolina play again Saturday at 3 p.m.

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