FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- No. 2 South Carolina rallied with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning Friday to defeat Arkansas 2-1 in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader.
Trailing 1-0, DC Arendas got things started with a one-out double to the gap in right-center. Tanner English drove home Arendas with the tying run with an RBI double down the left field line. One out later, Marcus Mooney hit a RBI single into right field to score English. Mooney has tallied 10 of his 13 RBI with two outs this year.
South Carolina junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery earned the win. He pitched seven-plus innings and allowed one run on four hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. His nine strikeouts tied a season high he set vs. Clemson on February 28. Right-hander Cody Mincey followed with a scoreless eighth inning with a pair of strikeouts and right-hander Joel Seddon closed it out with a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts as well. Seddon now has eight saves on the year. Arkansas starter Trey Killian suffered the loss and is 1-5 for the season. He allowed two runs on six hits in 7.2 innings with two walks and five strikeouts.
The Gamecocks had seven hits to just four for Arkansas. Mooney and English each were 2-for-3 to lead the Gamecocks.
Arkansas took the lead in the sixth when Brian Anderson singled and scored on Blake Baxendale's two-out double off the wall in left-center.