On Friday, despite pitching a two-hit game, Stacey Johnson and the No. 21 South Carolina Gamecocks fell 2-0 to the 13th-ranked Florida Gators in game one Saturday. Kristen Butler hit a two-run home run to provide the offense for the Gators. McKenna Hughes went 1-for-3 to record USC's lone hit.
The Gamecocks had a total of three base runners. Their first came in the second inning when Kristin Hall reached on an error by Mylin Prieto. USC would not get another runner until the seventh.
Johnson had a no-hitter until Prieto hit a one-out single to left field for the first hit of the game. Florida then scored when Butler hit a home run to left field on a 1-0 count and put the Gators up 2-0.
On Saturday the Gamecocks lost two to the Gators. South Carolina surrendered a 3-0 lead in the sixth inning as the Florida Gators scored four runs to win 4-3 and claim the doubleheader sweep. USC fell to 21-15 and 10-13 in the SEC. The Gamecocks recorded three runs on eight hits. The series will conclude Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET).
Melanie Henkes (5-7), who entered the game with the lead, took the loss for USC as she allowed four runs on three hits in two innings pitched. Florida reliever Amanda Moore (5-0) earned the win as she only gave up three hits in five innings pitched and struck out four.
Also, South Carolina's men's tennis team fell to the eighth-ranked Florida Gators 5-2 Saturday afternoon at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville. South Carolina now prepares for the final weekend of regular season and conference play as the Gamecocks will travel west next weekend. Carolina squares off at No. 24 Arkansas Friday, April 16 at 2 p.m. (CT) and will face the 13th-ranked Tigers of LSU in Baton Rouge on Sunday, April 18 at 1 p.m. (CT).
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