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Adam Hill silences Kentucky Wildcats' bats as South Carolina Gamecocks even series

Gamecocks hold UK to only one run a day after falling 19-1.

Kentucky wishes it could have saved a few runs from Friday's series-opening romp over South Carolina.

A day after posting 19 runs in the most lopsided SEC win in program history, the Wildcats' bats were silenced by the Gamecocks in a 5-1 loss on Saturday in Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina starter Adam Hill and reliever Josh Reagan limited No. 6 UK to only one hit over the first seven innings, a solo home run by Tyler Marshall in the fourth inning, and Tyler Johnson closed out the series-evening victory.

The Gamecocks snapped 14- and 10-game hitting streaks by the Cats' Tristan Pompey and Evan White. Hill (3-3) struck out five and walked three. 

Carlos Cortes led the USC offense with a two-run homer and an RBI double. The No. 21 Gamecocks improved to 25-16 on the season, 10-10 in the SEC.

Kentucky starter Zach Logue (5-4) took the loss, pitching 2.2 innings while giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits and a pair of walks.

The Wildcats are now 30-14 overall, leading the SEC East with a 13-7 league mark.

The rubber match is slated for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET. Sophomore right-hander Justin Lewis (6-2, 2.97 ERA) is the expected starter for UK, while South Carolina’s starter has not been announced.

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