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USC softball streak ends in 4-1 loss to UCF

The Gamecocks (5-1) saw their season-opening winning streak come to an end with a 4-1 loss to host UCF (2-3) in the Gamecocks' second game of the UCF Invitational.

Junior April Borchardt had two of the Gamecocks' five hits, while sophomore Evan Childs had a hit and a run scored. The single extended Childs' hitting streak to six games. Tiffany Lane led the Knights with two hits, a run scored and an RBI.

UCF starter Ashleigh Cole (2-1) went the distance, striking out seven while giving up one earned run on five hits and three walks for the win. USC junior Ashley Chastain (2-1) got the loss, allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk in two innings.

Earlier in the day, USC beat Florida A&M, 4-2.

Junior Laura Mendes led the Gamecocks with two hits and an RBI. Borchardt (2-0) got the victory, tossing 4.1 innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits and two doubles while striking out three.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Cave, Thompson advance to finals at SECs

At Athens, Ga., two USC swimmers earned spots in their respective event finals at the SEC swimming and diving championships.

Junior Claire Thompson was the first to qualify as she posted a time of 1:49.21 in the 200-yard freestyle, giving her the 15th seed in the consolation final. Her time also earned her first NCAA provisional qualifying mark of the season, slipping .01 seconds under the standard of 1:49.22.

On the men's side, freshman Bobby Cave advanced to his first SEC consolation final in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in 54.88 seconds to finish 11th in the preliminaries.

- From Staff Reports

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