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Gene Cone hitting streak sets South Carolina record

South Carolina right fielder Gene Cone (19) acknowledges the cheers of the crowd after leading off the game against the Missouri Tigers with a triple during the first inning, extending his hitting streak to 27 games.
South Carolina right fielder Gene Cone (19) acknowledges the cheers of the crowd after leading off the game against the Missouri Tigers with a triple during the first inning, extending his hitting streak to 27 games. jblake@thestate.com

South Carolina outfielder Gene Cone extended his hitting streak to 27 games with a triple Sunday afternoon against Missouri to break the school record for consecutive games with a hit.

Cone’s triple came in the first inning off Missouri starter Michael Plassmeyer. It was followed by a thunderous applause and a standing ovation from Gamecocks fans.

The 27-game hitting streak breaks Whit Merrifield’s school record of 26 games, which was recorded over the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Cone finished Sunday 5-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and 3 RBIs.

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