Gamecocks fall to Florida Thursday night
GAINESVILLE - The University of South Carolina baseball team fell, 14-5, to Florida Friday night (May 19) at Condron Family Ballpark.
Trailing 1-0 in the third, Andrew Eyster brought in a pair of runs with a double to left, giving the Gamecocks the lead. Florida scored a run in the third and two in the fourth, but Carolina tied the game in the fifth with a throwing error by the Gators and a Braylen Wimmer double to center that was lost in the lights. Florida scored 10 unanswered runs before Jack Mahoney’s pinch hit home run in the ninth.
Eyster, an Ocala, Fla., native, had a pair of RBI and a run scored while he joined Wimmer, Mahoney and Colin Burgess with extra-base hits.
Brett Thomas made the start for Carolina, allowing seven hits and four runs with five strikeouts in three innings. John Gilreath took the loss, striking out three and allowing five hits with five runs in four innings.
Gilreath made his 82 appearance in a Carolina uniform, which puts him in 10th all time, passing Kip Bouknight for the 10th spot.
Carolina clinched a spot in the 2022 SEC Tournament after Mississippi State’s loss to Tennessee.
Eyster now has a team-best 52 RBI on the season.
Carolina and Florida continue the series Friday night (May 20) at 7 p.m. The game, weather permitting, will be streamed on SEC Network Plus.
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