FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas starter Trey Killian turned in another strong start during the first game of Friday’s doubleheader against South Carolina.
But once again, Killian got little run support and it ended in an Arkansas loss.
Second-ranked South Carolina opened the three-game series with a 2-1 win in Baum Stadium, scoring both runs off Killian in the eighth inning. Tanner English tied the game with an RBI double, then Marcus Mooney drove him in with a single.
It held up against an Arkansas offense that managed just four hits and struck out 13 times against the Gamecocks (26-3, 7-3 in SEC).
Neither team scored in Friday’s opener until the sixth inning, when the Razorbacks (18-12, 4-6 in SEC) broke through behind Brian Anderson and Blake Baxendale. Anderson reached first with a single, then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by South Carolina catcher Grayson Greiner.
Baxendale — who entered the game hitting .143 — drove him in with a double to the outfield wall off South Carolina starter Jordan Montgomery (4-2).
The run didn’t hold up even though Killian cruised through the seventh. He went back out to the mound for the eighth and South Carolina finally broke through.
Cody Mincey and Joel Seddon each pitched scoreless innings to wrap up the win.
Killian — who allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five in 7 2/3 innings — fell to 1-5 this season. The Razorbacks have scored eight runs in his six starts.
The second game of the doubleheader begins at 6:35 p.m.