At Birmingham, Ala., No. 6 USC shot a 2-over 290 in the final round to finish second in the SEC Championship with a 26-over 890. Vanderbilt won at 879. Justine Dreher led USC with a fourth-place finish at 2-over 218. Simin Feng of Vanderbilt was medalist at 7-under 209.
Teams: Vanderbilt 879, South Carolina 890, Arkansas 892, Alabama 896, LSU 898, Auburn 900, Texas A&M 908, Georgia, Kentucky 909, Missouri, Florida 913, Mississippi State 918, Tennessee 921, Mississippi 925.
USC: Justine Dreher 73-74-71—218 (+2); Sarah Schmelzel 74-75-73—222 (+6); Katelyn Dambaugh 78-73-73—224 (+8); Suzie Lee 76-77-77—230 (+14); Samathan Swinehart 80-78-73—231 (+15).
Softball: USC blanks Tigers
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Behind an 11-hit attack that included three-hit games from right fielder Chelsea Hawkins and first baseman Victoria Williams, South Carolina (30-17, 9-12 SEC) thumped No. 24 LSU, 8-0, in five innings. Nickie Blue pitched the shutout.
Equestrian: Georgia edges Gamecocks on tiebreaker in National Championship
At Waco, Texas, No. 1 South Carolina’s bid for a third overall national championship fell short on Saturday, as the Gamecocks lost the championship meet in a tiebreaker to Georgia. The meet ended in a 8-8 tie, but the Bulldogs owned the tiebreaker, 2,323.5-2,219.
The Gamecocks picked up a pair of 3-1 wins in equitation over fences and horsemanship. In equitation on the flat and reining, the Bulldogs won, 3-1.
Earlier, USC made quick work of Auburn in the NCEA semifinal meet, dispatching the Tigers, 10-6.
From Staff Reports