At Tuscaloosa, Ala., South Carolina (8-7) fell to DePaul, 6-0, in the opening contest of the Easton SEC/Midwest Challenge at the Alabama Softball Stadium.
The Blue Demons (7-4) took the 1-0 lead in the third when Becca Heteniak blasted a 3-1 pitch over the left-field wall. DePaul added three runs in the fifth thanks to four Gamecock errors.
Heteniak (4-3) tossed the complete-game shutout, allowing three hits while striking out 13. Sophomore Audrey Broyles (3-2) gave up four runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out three.
The seven errors by South Carolina are a record, topping six that came in a 9-2 loss to Georgia on April 6, 2005.
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USC men fall at LSU in SEC Opener
At Baton Rouge, La., No. 41 South Carolina was defeated 5-2 by No. 73 LSU.
The Gamecocks (6-3, 0-1 SEC) won the doubles point, but put together one singles win against the Tigers (3-5, 1-0 SEC). USC senior Pedro Campos earned wins in the No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles matches.
USC women open SEC play by beating LSU
The USC women's team opened SEC play with a 5-2 victory against LSU, and Ana Marija Zubori earned an historic victory.
South Carolina (5-3, 1-0 SEC) lost on courts one and two to give the Tigers (2-7, 0-1 SEC) the 1-0 lead heading to singles.
But Dijana Stojic clinched the match for the Gamecocks at two, defeating Burns 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-1 at No. 2 singles.
Zubori closed the evening with a 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 victory against Wolf at the No. 1 spot. The Gamecock senior became the third player in school history to win 100 career singles matches.
- From Staff Reports