Hogs, Gamecocks split doubleheader | Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The No. 2 University of Arkansas baseball team got a strong start from junior right-hander Brady Tygart and made a timely strike to defeat No. 21 South Carolina 9-6 in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Founders Park in Columbia, S.C. , and earn a Saturday split in the series finale.

South Carolina won the opener 6-3 on Saturday.

Tygart (4-1) threw six innings, matching his longest start of the season. He also pitched six innings in his second start in the Razorbacks’ 2–1 loss to Oklahoma State in 14 innings.

Tygart held the Gamecocks to 2 runs, 4 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts. He threw 85 pitches with 59 strikes.

The Razorbacks went 7 for 17 with runners on base after going a combined 6 for 40 in the first two games of the series.

Razorback right fielder Kendall Diggs, who returned to the South Carolina lineup after missing two games against Texas Tech due to a nagging shoulder injury, went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and had 2 doubles in the nightcap to escape a 1-for – 17 breakdown.

Center fielder Peyton Holt went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI for Arkansas in the nightcap.

The Razorbacks (34-6, 14-4 SEC) won Friday night’s opener 2-1 and won their fifth straight series against the Gamecocks (27-13, 9-9).

Arkansas won two of three games in all five of those series, including an NCAA super regional in Fayetteville in 2018.

South Carolina last won a series against Arkansas in 2016 when the Gamecocks won three games at home.

The Razorbacks remained in first place in the SEC West and hold a one-game lead over No. 1 Texas A&M (35-5, 13-5), which lost 10-9 at No. 14 Alabama on Saturday in College Station, Texas. .

South Carolina scored three runs in the eighth inning against Will McEntire to cut Arkansas’ lead to 9-5 and added a run in the ninth against Gage Wood, who struck out Parker Noland to end the game.

The Razorbacks sent 10 batters to the plate in the seventh inning and scored five runs against South Carolina relievers Tyler Pitzer and Michael Polk to extend their lead to 9-2.

Diggs had a 2-run double for Arkansas and Wehiwa Aloy and Holt each had an RBI single.

Holt’s RBI single in the sixth inning scored Diggs for a 4-2 Arkansas lead.

Arkansas took a 3–0 lead with three runs in the second inning, capped off by Parker Rowland’s double for his first RBI of the season.

All three runs off South Carolina starter Dyan Eskew were unearned after Nolan Souza reached first base on a throwing error by short stop Lee Ellis.

Eskew hit Holt with a pitch and walked Ross Lovich to load the bases.

Jack Wagner followed with a ground ball that should have been a double play to end the inning, but Noland’s relay throw from the second pulled first baseman Gavin Casas off the bag as Souza scored.

Holt scored on Eskew’s wild pitch and Rowland followed with his first extra-base hit of the season.

Rowland entered the game hitting .176 (3 of 17) in nine games.

South Carolina got RBI doubles in the third inning from Cole Messina and Austin Brinling in the fifth inning to make it 3-2.

The Gamecocks held on to win Saturday’s first game after Peyton Stovall led off the ninth inning with a home run to cut the Gamecocks’ lead to 6-3 and the Razorbacks loaded the bases with one out on three singles by Aloy, Diggs and Wagner to Garrett Gainey to load the bases.

Connor McCreery replaced Gainey and caused Holt to hit a ground ball, which led to Aloy being forced out at the plate.

McGreery struck out Jayson Jones to end the game.

The Razorbacks had 12 hits, 3 walks and 1 hit batter, but left 13 runners on base.

South Carolina extended its lead to 6-1 with four runs in the sixth inning, including an RBI single by Brinling against Parker Coil and 2-run single by Noland against Koty Frank.

Talmadge LeCroy’s 2-run single off Arkansas starter Mason Molina gave the Gamecocks a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

Molina (3-1) had his shortest stint in 10 starts this season, throwing 30 hits on 70 pitches. He pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed 7 walks, 2 runs and 2 hits with 3 strikeouts.

Arkansas pulled within 6-2 in the seventh inning when Will Edmunson scored on Diggs’ groundout.

The Razorbacks will play their annual game in North Little Rock when they take on Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Dickey-Stephens Park on Tuesday at 6 p.m.