Gamecocks salvage Game 3

Top-ranked South Carolina avoided a three-game sweep Sunday, taking the series finale at Cliff Hagan Stadium with an 8-3 win over Kentucky.

Top-ranked South Carolina avoided a three-game sweep Sunday, taking the series finale at Cliff Hagan Stadium with an 8-3 win over Kentucky.

The Gamecocks got a strong start from Will Crowe, who improved to 5-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.63 by holding the SEC's top hitting club to just three runs on four hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out two.

South Carolina (19-3, 3-3 SEC) got two hits, a home run and three RBI from junior third baseman Joey Pankake in support of Crowe's strong pitching effort. DC Arendas also homered for the Gamecocks.

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Joel Seldon recorded a 2.1 inning save for South Carolina.

Kentucky (17-7, 3-3 SEC) won the series by taking Game 1 on Friday night 13-5 and winning a pitchers' duel 2-1 on Saturday.

The Wildcats started Andrew Nelson (1-1) who allowed four earned runs on five hits through 5.1 innings. He struck out five and walked two. Ryne Combs worked three shutout innings out of the bullpen for UK. Zach Strecker and Sam Mahar recorded the final two outs, but Mahar surrendered Pankake's three-run homer that put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth.

UK collected five hits on the day, including a double by senior catcher Micheal Thomas. Kyle Barrett, Ka'ai Tom, Storm Wilson and Marcus Carson each singled. Barrett, Wilson and Carson drove in the Cats' three runs.

Gary Henderson's club returns to action Tuesday, playing host to Xavier in a 6:30 p.m. ET matchup at Cliff Hagan Stadium.


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