Andrew Carlson, 23 Sports

Monday, April 25—

The Missouri baseball team attempted to avoid the fourth sweep of the season Sunday but were unable to dodge the bullet, as the Tigers fell to South Carolina 9-2.

The start of the game was key for South Carolina, as the Gamecocks were able to jump all over the Tigers in the early stages, building a six-run advantage through the first six innings.

Freshman T.J. Hopkins played a large role in the South Carolina offense throughout the contest, going 3-for-5 and knocking in three runs. Hopkins also led the Gamecocks with two stolen bases.

Missouri started to mount a comeback in the eighth inning, as senior Zach Lavy smacked an RBI-double to left to bring in Ryan Howard. Lavy was brought home by the very next batter however, as designated hitter Trey Harris singled to right to bring him in.

Although the Tigers cut the gap to four, South Carolina responded in the bottom of the eighth, knocking in three runs on three different RBI-singles.

The Tigers cycled through six pitchers on the day, and Michael Plassmeyer was saddled with his fourth loss on the season allowing five earned runs.

Although the Tigers were unable to bounce back and get a series win against the Gamecocks, Missouri will have another shot at in-state foe Missouri State on Tuesday, a team in which they previously lost to by 15 runs.

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