Honeycutt's Streak Comes to a Painful End

Harris Honeycutt led a charmed life on the mound at Carolina, having never lost a game through the 8th game of his junior season. On Friday night in his 9th game of the season, the streak ended in a painful manner, as Honeycutt gave up eight runs in four innings against SEC foe Auburn. The Tigers took the Gamecocks to the woodshed in an old-fashioned whipping, winning by a final score of 16-1.

It's hard not to reach for overused clichés in a game like this, like "all good things must come to an end." But that's exactly what they did on this Friday the 13th, as the ace of the South Carolina pitching staff went down hard under an offensive onslaught from one of the SEC's worst teams. USC falls to 26-8 on the season, and 7-6 in SEC play. Auburn improved it's record to 25-12, and it's SEC record to 4-9. The Tigers lost their first eight games in the SEC.

Auburn started out the game with one run on a sacrifice fly by left-fielder Mike Bianucci in the first inning, but then went on a tear with three runs in the second and four runs in the third inning. It was a couple of big hits on their part. They took us out of it and we weren't able to rally against Burnside." USC head coach Ray Tanner said. "Auburn came out and took it to us early."

It was USC's worst loss since losing 16-0 to Mississippi State on May 1, 1998.

Honeycutt rescued a small measure of pride by holding the Tigers scoreless in the fourth inning, his last. He struck out eight batters, but gave up eight hits and walked four batters. It wasn't a pretty night for Carolina pitching over all, as his replacement Forrest Beverly didn't fair much better, giving up three runs in two innings. Former Saturday starter Mike Cisco came in and gave up two runs in the seventh inning and three more in the ninth.

"It was a disgusting outing on my part," Honeycutt said. "I had no command and it just makes me want to work harder and come back next week and pitch the opposite. They never gave me a chance to settle in. I never really found it. It was very disappointing on my part."

The lone run of the night for South Carolina was scored on a home run by Justin Smoak, who extended his hitting streak to 15 straight games.

Friday's attendance was 5402, but it will probably be much lower for Saturday's game, which has been moved to a noon start to avoid a predicted thunderstorm in the late afternoon. This places the baseball game in direct competition with the USC Garnet and Black Spring Football game. The football game starts at 2 pm, preceded by a concert by USC alumni Hootie and the Blowfish at 1 pm.

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