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#6 South Carolina at Alabama, Game 1 Recap: Gamecocks Beat Tide 6-4 in Series Opener

This game was weird, but the Gamecocks racked up another important SEC win


This game wasn't exactly, um, good, but that Gamecocks won and that was good, so we'll take it.

South Carolina got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Dom Thompson-Williams singled to start the inning, Jonah Bride doubled, and Chris Cullen came through with an RBI sac fly to get DTW home.

The Gamecocks added two more runs in the fourth inning. DTW doubled with one out, Bride walked, Cullen singled, and then John Jones popped out, but thanks to an error two runs came home, making the score 3-0.

Another South Carolina run came in the next inning. Madison Stokes knocked a base hit to lead off, DC Arendas walked, and Gene Cone bunted for a single, while Stokes came home because no one covered the plate (oops). The Gamecocks had a chance to add to their lead, but couldn't capitalize.

That was unfortunate, because the Crimson Tide put up four runs in the bottom of the inning, tying the game. Fortunately, the tie didn't last for long. In the top of the sixth inning, Cullen started things off with a double, Stokes got hit with one out, and Cone walked to load the bases. Marcus Mooney came through with a two-run single, putting his team back on top for good.

Starter Clarke Schmidt wasn't quite as dominant as he usually is, though he was pretty solid, except for the fifth inning. He pitched into the fifth inning, and Reed Scott and Tyler Johnson combined to go the rest of the way.

With the win, South Carolina improves to 40-13 overall and 18-9 in the SEC, while Alabama falls to 31-22 oveall and 15-13 in conference play. They'll meet again on Friday night, with first pitch set for 8 p.m.