The Tigers were swept by the host Gamecocks in a three-game series, getting outscored 22-8 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Missouri lost 9-2 in Sunday’s series finale, which was the Tigers’ sixth straight SEC loss and seventh straight loss overall.
Asked whether he thought the effort was there on Sunday, Mizzou coach Tim Jamieson told reporters, “Not what you need on a Sunday when you lost the first two games. We needed to come out and fight every at-bat and every pitch. We had some guys do it and some guys not.”
Missouri fell to 20-21 overall and 4-14 in Southeastern Conference play. The Tigers are now 3-8 away from home this season.
Jamieson’s squad hit just .222 (22 hits in 99 at-bats) with a .328 on-base percentage over the three-game series with five extra-base hits.
South Carolina hit .327 (34 hits in 104 at-bats) with 10 extra-base hits and a .402 OBP and scored as many runs (22) as the Tigers recorded hits. The Gamecocks improved to 33-8 overall and 14-4 in SEC play with their sweep.
Mizzou had another strong performance from senior first baseman Zach Lavy.
He batted .364 (four hits in 11 at-bats) over the three games with a double, home run, two RBIs, three runs scored and a .462 OBP.
For the season, Lavy is now hitting .340 with 16 doubles, seven triples, four home runs, 36 RBIs, 34 runs scored and .404 OBP. He leads the Tigers in batting average, hits (53), doubles, triples, RBIs and runs scored.
Missouri next hosts Missouri State (28-10) on Tuesday. The Tigers lost to the Bears 16-1 on April 12 at Missouri State. Missouri will then host Tennessee (23-17, 6-12), which is coming off a series win over Vanderbilt, in a three-game series this weekend.