From staff reports | File photo by Allen Sharpe
No. 16 South Carolina dropped a heartbreaking 2-0 game to No. 24 Ole Miss in eight innings Sunday night at Beckham Field. The two teams were scoreless through seven before the Rebels scored two in the top of the eighth to even the series at 1-1.
The Gamecocks will go for their first SEC series win of the season Monday night on SEC Network at 7 p.m.
South Carolina (23-8, 2-6 SEC) ran into one of the nation’s brightest young pitchers as the Rebels (22-8, 3-2 SEC) trotted out Molly Jacobsen (10-1) to the circle to try to even the series.
Jacobson was spectacular, going eight scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and just three hits allowed. Six of her strikeouts came in the final three innings as the JUCO transfer showed she has learned the art of finishing strong.
Dixie Raley (7-2) took the loss in the circle. The senior went seven scoreless innings before the Rebels started the eighth with a solo home run to take a 1-0 lead. Ole Miss followed the home run with a triple before a sacrifice fly out the following at-bat gave the Rebels the 2-0 lead they wouldn’t surrender.
Raley finished with night with five strikeouts and left eight Ole Miss runners on base. This marked the first time since Cayla Drotar went eight innings in 2018 against Texas that a South Carolina pitcher went more than seven innings in the circle.
Kenzi Maguire, Jana Johns and Alexis Lindsey had the three Carolina hits on the night as the Gamecocks left six runners on base.
With a single in the bottom of the third, Alexis Lindsey earned her first career SEC hit. South Carolina shutout Ole Miss 2-0 to open the series on Saturday. It was the first time since a 3-0 win over Auburn in 2017 South Carolina blanked an SEC opponent. The Gamecocks have never earned two shutout victories in an SEC series under head coach Beverly Smith.