USC softball team's postseason run comes to an end

LEXINGTON, KY (WACH) - The South Carolina softball team fell behind in the first inning and was never able to recover against No. 4 Tennessee, losing 5-0 in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament on Thursday night.

South Carolina dropped to 32-23 on the season, while Tennessee improved to 44-9 with the win.

Tennessee took the lead in the bottom of the first inning first on an RBI double by Lauren Gibson and the Volunteers never looked back. The Vols posted three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

"Tonight, we ran into a tough Tennessee team," said Gamecock head coach Beverly Smith. "They hit in the first inning early, and we never recovered from that. Im really proud of my team, Im proud of the way we fought to get into the tournament and certainly the way we fought when we got here.

The Gamecocks secured the program's first winning season since 2007, and now heads home to wait for the NCAA Softball Tournament Selection Committees decision on whether the team's season continues. The selection show airs live on Sunday at 10 pm on ESPNU.