Seventh Inning Rally Comes Up Just Short for Gamecocks Against No. 7 Arkansas
The series finale between the Gamecocks and Razorbacks will be tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. ET.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The South Carolina softball team put the tying run on base in the bottom of the seventh against 7th ranked Arkansas, but the Gamecocks were unable to push the run across, falling to the Razorbacks 8-4 Saturday afternoon (Apr. 30).
Carolina turned a pair of double plays in the game, the seventh time this season they turned multiple in a game, and now have 25 on the season to lead the SEC.
The Gamecocks were held without a base runner until the fifth inning when Katie Prebble clobbered a 1-2 pitch nearly into the parking lot in left field. The solo home run was Prebble’s 14th of the season, moving her into a tie for third, one off the program record. It’s also the 29th of her career, which moved her into a tie for fourth all-time.
After the Razorbacks got the run back in the bottom of the fifth, the Gamecocks answered in the sixth. Maddie Gallagher walked, Emma Sellers was hit by a pitch, and Jordan Fabian walked to load the bases. Riley Blampied reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing Gallagher to score. Prebble hit a hard ground ball that the Arkansas shortstop was unable to handle, scoring Sellers.
Carolina loaded the bases in the seventh. Kassidy Krupit, Gallagher and Sellers led off with three straight singles. Fabian drew a bases loaded walk to bring home pinch runner Giulia Desiderio. The rally would stall there, as the next three batters were retired to end the rally.
All eight of Arkansas’ runs came on home runs in the second, fourth, and fifth innings.
Skylar Trahan took the loss in 3 2-3 innings of work.
The series finale between the Gamecocks and Razorbacks will be tomorrow, May 1, at 11:30 a.m. ET.
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