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A great sliding grab by Heston Kjerstad robbed South Carolina of at least one run and possibly more in the eighth. The catch came on what looked like it would be a gapper from Jacob Olson. Kjerstad got a good jump off the bat, covered a lot of ground and slid to his left across the wet grass.

Grant Koch added a two-out single in the sixth, but the inning ended when Jared Gates chased a high fastball from South Carolina reliever Parker Coyne, a freshman right-hander who has been pretty good for the Gamecocks. Coyne has allowed two hits and a walk, and struck out five in two innings.

Casey Martin’s two-out solo home run to left field gets one of those runs back. That was Martin’s second home run to almost the same spot in left tonight. He also had a two-run homer in the fourth inning. That brings his season total to 12, which ties him with Eric Cole for the team lead.

The Gamecocks put five consecutive hitters on base with one out in the inning and did it in a variety of different ways. There were two walks – including one with the bases loaded – a single and a fielding error by Carson Shaddy, the Razorbacks’ fourth error of the game.

Arkansas has two home runs already in this park, which is notoriously difficult to hit home runs in. Remember the Razorbacks had 10 home runs in Hoover last year – thanks in large part to Chad Spanberger’s five homer tournament – which was second-best for a team at the SEC Tournament, behind the Alabama gorilla ball team in the late ’90s.

The Razorbacks’ first three hitters in the inning reached. Grant Koch walked and Jared Gates and Jack Kenley followed with singles. Kenley’s single scored Koch and the Razorbacks added another run on Carson Shaddy’s sacrifice fly to deep left-center field.

The Gamecocks are on the board after Jacob Olson singled off Kacey Murphy’s leg, advanced to second on a throwing error by Murphy, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored after a throwing error by Casey Martin. Another South Carolina runner advanced to third base in the inning, but Murphy struck out Madison Stokes to end the inning and strand the runner.

Regardless, this has been about as good of a start as Arkansas could have hoped to have. South Carolina is scrambling on the mound right now, likely with the thought process that it is going to have to have a lot of arms for a game against LSU in about 14 hours if this game doesn’t turn around.

South Carolina starter Logan Chapman threw 27 pitches in the first inning and really struggled with his command. Four of the first five hitters went to three balls in the count. Eric Cole struck out swinging at a high fastball that would have been ball four in the leadoff at-bat.

Arkansas and South Carolina are scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m. This is a non-elimination game. The winner will play Florida in the late game tomorrow night, while the loser will play LSU in an elimination game tomorrow at approximately 1 p.m.

Both teams are throwing pitchers who did well in the series between them earlier this season. Arkansas left-hander Kacey Murphy took a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Gamecocks, while South Carolina freshman right-hander Logan Chapman was the only opposing SEC pitcher to win a start at Baum Stadium.

Jax Biggers is out of the lineup again tonight for Arkansas. He swung a bat Monday for the first time since breaking his finger during the opener of the Texas A&M series two weeks ago and the hope is he can be back in the lineup tomorrow. Jack Kenley will start in his place at shortstop.