Baseball drops Friday night game against South Carolina

COLOMBIA, South Carolina – Ole Miss took the lead early Friday but couldn’t hold it up, losing 4-2 to South Carolina as the Gamecocks tied the series at Founders Park.

Derek Diamond took the loss on the hill, allowing four runs on five hits. First-year student Riley Maddox came in relief and retired all eight batters he faced.

Tim Elco posted the fourth multi-home run game of his career in the loss, taking Gamecock starter Noah Hall deep twice to take the SEC lead and move into a tie for fifth on everyone’s career home run list the times of Ole Miss. The Rebel captain finished the game with four hits in all.

Elko started the Rebels on the right foot, planting a ball through the palms to left center for a solo homer at the top of the first.

South Carolina, however, took the lead in the third with some pop as Josiah Sightler’s high volley on the left continued to carry all the way over the fence. The Gamecocks added another run in the fourth on a wild pitch, making it 4-1.

Elko again ran in sixth, cutting the deficit to two. Sitting on a 1-0 count, Captain Rebel hit one to center field, clearing the wall and Gamecock center fielder Evan Stone’s jump attempt.

It was as close as the Rebels would get as South Carolina shut things down to set up a rubber game.

The Rebels and Gamecocks will play the deciding Game 3 on Saturday, at 2:00 p.m. CT. The game will be available to stream via SEC Network+ and the call can be heard via the Ole Miss Radio Network.

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