Dylan Kelly extended his hitting streak to six games with an RBI single in the fourth.
May 9, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - No. 11 South Carolina scored seven runs over the fourth and fifth innings as it dropped Mizzou, 8-2, in the series opener on Friday night (May 9) at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks tagged Tiger starter Brett Graves for eight runs (six earned) and 11 hits over 5.2 innings, doing much of that damage in the middle innings. Senior catcher Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.) extended his hitting streak to six games with an RBI single in the fourth, but that was all the offense Mizzou got. The loss drops the Tigers to 20-28 on the year and 6-19 in SEC play. South Carolina junior lefty Jordan Montgomery picked up the win, his seventh of the season after going 8.1 innings, allowing just two runs on five Tiger hits. Graves took the loss, his fifth of the season.
Both pitchers were sharp early until Graves ran into some trouble in the third inning. He allowed a leadoff walk to eight-hole hitter Gene Cone and after he struck out Patrick Harrington, Graves hit Marcus Mooney with a pitch to put two on with one out. Gamecock DH Max Schrock then singled through the right side, just beyond the reach of first baseman Kendall Keeton (Columbia, Tenn.) and Cone raced home ahead of the throw to put the Gamecocks ahead, 1-0. Graves then induced a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the inning after throwing just 41 pitches through three innings.
Montgomery had sat down seven Tigers in a row before Josh Lester (Columbus, Ga.) singled on a seven-pitch at-bat to lead off the fourth inning. With one down, Lester stole second and Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.) singled to center to plate Lester, tying the game at 1-1. Keeton then reached on an error to put a pair of Tigers on with one away, but Dillon Everett (Phoenix, Ariz.) bounced into a 5-4-3 double play to end the frame.
As quick as Mizzou tied the game, South Carolina regained the lead. Grayson Greiner and Joey Pankake tallied back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the fourth and Graves then threw the ball away on an attempted sacrifice bunt to plate a run. An RBI single from DC Arendas then made the score 3-1, South Carolina, as it tagged Graves for four hits and an error to open the frame. Graves got a huge pick-off for out No. 1 and then struck out Cone for out No. 2. The Gamecocks then pulled off the double steal to take a 4-1 lead before Graves struck out Mooney for the final out in the fourth.
South Carolina added another run in the fifth on a one-out, Greiner double to right center, putting the Gamecocks up, 5-1. Graves then got to two outs, but struggled to get out of the inning and allowed a bases-loaded double to Cone to put SC on top, 8-1. That was all that the Gamecocks needed to pull away for the win.
Game two will begin at 2:15 p.m. (CT) tomorrow on Fox Sports Midwest Plus. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouBaseball.
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