No. 11 South Carolina vs. No. 8 Alabama, game 2 recap: Gamecocks fall to Tide 2-1

Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

The Gamecocks' five-game winning streak came to an end with a close loss to the Crimson Tide.

It's been a few weeks since we've had a walk off win to enjoy, so I thought maybe we were overdue and would get one today. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

Yet again this afternoon, the Gamecocks got behind early. The Crimson Tide took a 1-0 lead thanks to a home run from Ben Moore in the first inning.

USC tied things up in the third, though. DC Arendas led off with a double, advanced on a Tanner English sac bunt (on which he should have been called safe at first but wasn't), and came home when Marcus Mooney contributed an RBI sac fly.

The tied game lasted until the seventh inning, when things got a little rough for the Gamecocks. A double and hit batter put runners on the corners with one out, and Casey Hughston knocked an RBI single to put Alabama up 2-1. The Tide has the bases loaded after that, but Taylor Widener came in to relieve Jack Wynkoop (who was having a good day up until this point) and worked out of the jam.

Carolina looked like they might tie things back up or even take the lead in the bottom of the inning, when a pair of walks put two runners on base, but with two outs, Grayson Greiner tried to make it home from second and was unsuccessful, ending the Gamecocks' threat.

Wynkoop worked 6.1 innings and allowed seven hits, two runs, didn't walk any batters, and struck out four. He took the loss and falls to 5-3. Widener went the rest of the way for the home team. Bama starter Justin Kamplain also tossed 6.1 innings and gave up four hits, one run, issued two walks, and tallied four K's. He earned the win and is now 4-2. Thomas Burrows got the save, his ninth of the season.

Widener had two hits to lead USC and Moore and Chase Vincent also had two to pace the Crimson Tide.

South Carolina drops to 33-10 overall (11-9 in the SEC), while Alabama improves to 29-14 (13-7 in conference play). First pitch for game of the series is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Carolina Stadium.

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