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BATON ROUGE, La. -- No. 2 LSU (39-5, 16-4 SEC) fell to No. 10 South Carolina (31-12, 12-8 SEC) by a score of 4-2 in front of 10,246 fans in attendance at Alex Box Stadium, marking the largest regular-season actual attendance figure in school history.
The paid attendance figure of 12,727 was the largest in stadium history, surpassing the mark of 12,373 established in this season’s opening game versus Maryland.
Saturday’s loss snapped the Tigers’ 21-game win streak at “The Box.” LSU is 27-2 at home this year and its only other Alex Box Stadium loss came to BYU (9-4) on February 23.
LSU and South Carolina conclude their three-game series Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will air on ESPN and on LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates.
Junior right-hander Kurt McCune will start the game on the mound for the Tigers, while the Gamecocks will counter with freshman left-hander Jack Wynkoop.
“It was a frustrating night, getting 14 hits but scoring only two runs,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We got a lead-off hitter on in eight of the nine innings, but we couldn’t capitalize the way we needed to. I thought our guys played their hearts out; we just had some tough breaks go against us and South Carolina has a great ball club. They beat us fair and square tonight, and now we have the opportunity to turn the page and look forward to trying to win this series tomorrow.”
South Carolina grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the first inning Saturday on a pair of RBI singles from first baseman LB Dantzler and designated hitter Brison Celek.
Catcher Ty Ross pulled the Tigers within one in the second inning with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring leftfielder Raph Rhymes (3-for-4) from third.
Ross came through again in the sixth, tying the game at 2-2 with an RBI groundout to short, scoring Rhymes again from third base.
The Gamecocks pulled ahead in the ninth inning with an RBI triple from centerfielder Tanner English. English then came home on a balk call, giving South Carolina a 4-2 advantage.
LSU’s starting pitther, junior right-hander Ryan Eades did not factor in the decision, allowing two unearned runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
LSU left-hander Chris Cotton (2-1) suffered the defeat, giving up one earned run on one hit and one strikeout in the ninth inning.
South Carolina left-hander Adam Westmoreland (5-1) earned the victory, allowing two hits in one inning of work while striking out one. Gamecocks reliever Tyler Webb was credited with his 13th save, as he held the Tigers scoreless in the ninth despite allowing two hits.