Dawgs end season with loss

COLUMBIA - Seventh-ranked South Carolina overcame an 11-run deficit to rally past Georgia 14-13 Sunday at Sarge Frye Field as the Bulldogs season came to a close.

USC (40-16, 17-13 SEC) trailed 13-5 going to the eighth inning and then erupted for nine runs on seven hits plus three Bulldog miscues. The Gamecocks got two-run doubles from Justin Smoak, Phil Disher and a one-run double from Kyle Enders to highlight the inning. The tying run scored on a sacrifice bunt by Harley Lail when Ryan Peisel's throw was high of the bag at first with second baseman Miles Starr covering. Enders scored on the play to make it 13-13. Georgia looked to junior Joshua Fields as Iain Sebastian started the frame followed by freshmen Ryan Woolley and Justin Earls. None of the aforementioned trio recorded an out. Fields retired Andrew Crisp for the first out and then Cheyne Hurst lined a run-scoring double to score Lail for a 14-13 edge.

Georgia (23-33, 11-19 SEC) erupted for four runs in the first keyed by a two-out, three-run double by junior left fielder Travis Parrot who had a career day. Parrot finished 4-for-5 with 6 RBI. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out and junior Matt Olson reached on a fielder's choice as the Gamecocks couldn't complete a double play. After a walk to senior Matt Robbins to reload the bases, Parrott delivered to make it 4-0.

Parrott came through again in the third with the bases loaded, adding another three-run double for a 7-0 advantage. It spelled the end of the day for freshman right-hander Blake Cooper who came in with a 7-1 mark and 3.48 ERA. He surrendered seven runs on six hits in 2.1 innings. Georgia starter Trevor Holder had one of his best outings of the year, going six innings, scattering four runs on seven hits with a career-high seven strikeouts.

In the fourth, the Gamecocks got on the board when designated hitter Phil Disher led off with a double and later scored on a fielder's choice by Andrew Crisp. Disher's two-out, run-scoring single in the fifth cut the deficit to 7-2. Georgia exploded for six runs on six hits in the sixth to build a 13-2 lead. Georgia batted around in the frame, sending 12 men to the plate. The lead was gone by the eighth, courtesy of an eight-run outburst before the Bulldogs recorded an out. Georgia aided the comeback with three errors in the frame. USC took the lead. Will Atwood pitched two scoreless innings for the win to move to 2-1 while Harris Honeycutt pitched a perfect ninth for his first save. Earls got the loss to fall to 2-4.

"It would've been a lot better looking back if we had beaten them two out of three, but like we have a lot this year, we didn't finish a game," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We played well for the first seven innings and then couldn't get out of the eighth. Our season in a nutshell was that eighth inning. The guys coming back are going to remember that inning. Overall, we played well down the stretch, playing just for pride. This team has been through a lot, and I'm not going to let a half an inning ruin it for us because we did play pretty well down the stretch and we're still excited about the future. We'll be back."

Georgia went 5-5 in their final 10 games, all coming against ranked opponents.


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