USC eliminated from SEC Tournament with loss to LSU

LSU scored three runs in the top of the 12th inning to defeat the University of South Carolina baseball team, 6-4, in game 10 of the 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament Thursday afternoon  at Hoover Met Stadium. The Gamecocks are eliminated from the tournament after playing in a 4:17 instant classic. USC lost to Arkansas, 13-8, Wednesday.

After a rain delay for the third straight day and an extra-inning contest before it, the Gamecocks and Tigers started two hours late, but it was worth the wait. LSU scored two runs in the top of the second as Zach Watson brought in Bryce Jordan on an infield single and Hal Hughes scored on a balk.

Carolina clawed for single runs in the fourth and sixth innings. In the fourth, Jonah Bride was hit by a pitch and went to third on Justin Row’s double. Carolina loaded the bases as LT Tolbert was hit by a pitch. Hunter Taylor brought in the Gamecocks’ first run on a sacrifice fly to left. Then in the sixth, Row connected on his sixth home run of the year, a solo shot to left field.

LSU took a 3-2 lead in the eighth. Antoine Duplantis looked to be the third out at home plate after a fly ball to right, but video review overturned the call, giving Hunter Feduccia a sacrifice fly. Carolina tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. Tolbert tripled over Watson’s head in center. Jacob Olson then singled up the middle to score Tolbert.
South Carolina will turn its attention to the NCAA Tournament. The selection show will be on Monday afternoon (May 28) at noon on ESPN2. The regionals start next Friday (June 1) at 16 host sites.