"We've been playing really good defense, but we hurt ourselves a couple of times today," Jack Leggett said.
With just five errors and a .983 fielding percentage before Friday night's game, defense had been a strength for the Tigers.
The bats were already an issue.
"We've had trouble offensively, so we tried to get Kevin Bradley into the lineup. We put Shane [Kennedy] out [in leftfield]," Leggett said. "It just didn't pay off. It wasn't the reason we lost the ball game."
Sloppy defense certainly didn't make matters any easier.
A dropped fly ball by Kennedy in the seventh led to three unearned runs for the Gamecocks, padding their lead to 4-0.
Another pair of unearned runs were tacked on in the eighth after Clay Bates fielded a bunt and sailed an underhanded throw over Jon McGibbon's head.
"You can't fall apart after that," said Daniel Gossett, who was responsible for the lone earned run. "It's baseball."
Cold bats…"We've got to score runs to win. We didn't get but one leadoff man on base all night. That makes it tough. We couldn't get a chance to use our speed or getting our bunting game going or anything on offense. That's kind of what happened to us the other night in the middle of the week. We've got to get some leadoff men on base, hit more groundballs [and] get on top of the baseball more and strikeout less." - Leggett
"We got beat on some fastballs tonight, got a little bit underneath. When the guy's throwing a good, hard fastball with a high-plane, you've got to get on top of the baseball. You may think you're swinging level and getting on top of the baseball, but you're getting the bottom of it. That's kind of where we were tonight. We were swinging through a lot of fastballs, getting underneath. The kids pitched well. We've got to do a better job that way. We'll figure it out." - Leggett
Gossett lasts 6 1/3…"[He] threw a great game. You couldn't ask more out of him. Went seven innings, gave up a couple of hits, but we've got to back him up on offense. He did as good as I've seen him play." - Garrett Boulware
"I felt good. Fastball location, change-up location, slider location, it felt good -- I felt fine coming out there. It's a huge rivalry game, so everybody comes out there and tries to be on point. I felt I did a pretty good job." - Gossett
Almost a homer…"When I first hit it and I looked up, I thought it was going to go. I was aware, because when I saw the flags when I went up -- it was still blowing pretty hard. I was still running pretty hard, because I knew that [the wind] could kill it and just die in leftfield…after I saw it in the air, I was like, maybe." - Boulware
"At the time, it was a 1-0 ball game, would have made it 1-1. I saw it a little different." - Leggett
"Honestly, I was just trying to get to second. Then, I saw the ball bounce off. I couldn't tell if it hit the wall or the rail. Apparently, it didn't hit the rail. The ump said it hit the wall. Once I saw it bounce back, I was just trying to get to third as fast as I can. I, honestly, I really didn't see much." - Boulware