The South Carolina Gamecocks got off to a fast start in the first inning. Before Alabama could blink, the Yardcocks were up 3-0. Gamecock starter Adam Hill looked fairly sharp early on. However, with two outs in the 3rd, Hill gave up 4 runs. Taylor Widener would come on and put the fire out in the 3rd and keep Alabama from the doing anymore damage.
The Gamecocks wouldn't waste any time in pulling back even as Madison Stokes led the top of the 4th off with a double. He was promptly brought home by John Jones to tie the ball game. Taylor Widener would continue to keep the Alabama offense in check in the 4th inning and Carolina would scratch two more across in the top of the 5th via another John Jones RBI single to push the Gamecock lead to 6-4. In the bottom of the 5th, Alabama would get runners on 1st and 3rd with nobody out, but Widener would limit the Tide to only one run and would escape with a 6-5 lead.
The two teams would continue to battle back and forth as both head coaches made liberal use of their bullpens. John Jones, who finished with 4 RBI's on the day, would knock in another run in the 7th inning to push the Gamecock lead out to 7-5. After pitching well, Widener found himself in a bit of a mess. However, Reed Scott would come on to get the Gamecocks out of trouble.
The Gamecocks would enter the bottom of the 8th with a 8-6 lead. After striking out the first Alabama batter in the bottom of the 8th, Reed Scott would give up a basehit and hit the next Alabama batter. Tyler Johnson would come on and, while giving up a run, put the fire out.
The Gamecocks would answer in kind with a rally of their own as they would tack on another insurance run in the top of the 9th. Jonah Bride led the 9th off with a single and, after being moved over to 2nd by Madison Stokes, the Gamecocks would score via a TJ Hopkins single.
Tyler Johnson would return to the mound in the top of the 9th looking for his 3rd save of the series. He would do just that as he locked down the SEC East championship for South Carolina.
With the win the Gamecocks finish the regular season at 42-13 and 20-9 in the SEC. Taylor Widener earned his 4th win of the year and Tyler Johnson got his 9th save of the season.
If the Texas A&M Aggies and Mississippi State Bulldogs BOTH lose, the Gamecocks will clinch the overall SEC title.
The Gamecocks celebrated with a Gatorade bath for Coach Chad Holbrook. Much deserved. Congratulations to Coach Holbrook and our entire baseball team!
Got emmmm!! pic.twitter.com/rhe8MjsF7N— SC Baseball Camp (@SCBaseballCamp) May 21, 2016