Cone Streak Ends, As Carolina Falls 6-0 to Kentucky Saturday
By: USC SID
LEXINGTON, KY. (USC SID) — Kentucky senior right-hander Dustin Beggs hurled a three-hit shutout as the Wildcats defeated second-ranked South Carolina 6-0 on Saturday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Gamecocks are now 36-10 and 16-6 in the SEC with Kentucky 28-19 and 12-11 in league play.
Beggs carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and at one point retired 17 in a row before a two-out single by Dom Thompson-Williams. He struck out seven and walked one to improve to 8-1 on the year. South Carolina right-hander Braden Webb suffered the loss and is 9-3 for the season. He allowed five runs on six hits in seven innings with two walks and 10 strikeouts.
For the second consecutive day, Kentucky broke ahead 3-0 in the early innings against the Gamecocks. Luke Becker doubled with one out in the bottom of the second and scored on Dorian Hariston’s RBI single to right field. With two outs and runners on first and second base, Kole Cottam knocked a two-run double to the gap in right-center giving the Wildcats a three-run cushion.
Kentucky extended the lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning. Becker led off with a single up the middle, his second hit of the night. He would take advantage of three wild pitches to score. The Wildcats added runs in the seventh and eighth innings to complete the scoring including a solo homer from Tristan Pompey, his fifth homer of the year.
The three-run second inning gave Kentucky a lead they would not relinquish.
The Gamecocks were limited to just three hits, the lowest total in a SEC game this year and the second lowest total in a game this season.
Gene Cone’s school record 31-game hitting streak ended on Saturday night as did his streak of 34 consecutive games reaching base safely. Cone’s hitting streak is the longest this year by a Division I baseball player with his 34-game streak of reaching base safely the longest by a SEC player this year also.
Alex Destino went 2-for-4 with his 11th double of the year to lead the Gamecocks at the plate.
Head Coach Chad Holbrook
The story of this game was (Dustin) Beggs, their pitcher, who was terrific. He threw the ball where he wanted to all night long. We had a couple of good at-bats against him, but when we’d have a good one, we’d hit it right at them. He was the story of the game, the way he competed. He threw a great game. We’ll try to bounce back tomorrow and see if we can win the series.
South Carolina and Kentucky conclude the three-game series on Sunday with first pitch at 3 p.m. The rubber game of the series will be televised live on ESPNU and can be heard on the Gamecock IMG Network including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.”