J.T. Wampler, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Gamecocks clinch series against Hogs

Arkansas was limited to four hits in a 6-2 loss to South Carolina Saturday afternoon.

Arkansas was limited to four hits in a 6-2 loss to South Carolina Saturday afternoon.

The No. 12 Gamecocks scored a pair of runs in the first, fifth and eighth innings to clinch the opening SEC series over the No. 13 Razorbacks.

Much like Friday night's game, South Carolina (19-2, 2-0) wasted no time jumping on Arkansas' starting pitcher.

Barrett Loseke issued a bases loaded walk to put the Gamecocks on the board, then allowed an RBI groundout to Jonah Bride.

That was it for South Carolina, though, as Loseke settled in and didn't allow another hit until the fourth inning, his last of the day.

The Razorbacks (15-5, 0-2) managed to even the game at 2-2 in the second on a single by Michael Bernal, which scored Luke Bonfield from second. Chad Spanberger advanced to third on the hit, but the throw got away from South Carolina and allowed hit to score the tying run.

Arkansas had a couple of chances to take the lead, but stranded two runners on base after Bernal's hit in the second and another two in the fourth inning.

Instead, John Jones hit a two-run home run off James Teague, who relieved Loseke in the fifth, giving the Gamecocks all the runs they would need.

South Carolina added two more runs in the eighth for insurance on a single by Marcus Mooney.

Teague gave up four earned runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings, earning the loss.

Gamecocks starter Braden Webb picked up the win, allowing two runs, only one of which was earned, and struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings.

The Razorbacks will try to avoid the sweep Sunday at 12:30 p.m.


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