The Gamecocks jumped out to an early lead in the series opener against Alabama, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning. TJ Hopkins led off with a single, Matt Williams walked, and Alex Destino knocked a base hit to get Hopkins home. Chris Cullen followed with a single of his own to bring in the second run of the inning.
The Crimson Tide cut the lead in the half in the third inning, courtesy of a solo homer from Cody Henry. Alabama then took the lead in the fourth inning, when Chandler Taylor belted a two-run shot to put the Tide up 3-2.
That score held until the ninth inning, when Alabama tacked on their final run of the game on an RBI single.
Starter Adam Hill had a nice outing, working six innings. He was replaced by Reed Scott, who pitched until Colie Bowers took over to start the eighth inning.
This loss brings an end to the Gamecocks’ winning streak, which had been at eight games. It also brings an end to the streak of quality offensive performances the team had strung together.
With the loss, South Carolina drops to 15-6 overall and 3-1 in the SEC, while Alabama improves to 12-10 overall and 1-3 in conference play. They’ll be back in action on Saturday, with first pitch set for 4 p.m. Wil Crowe will start on the mound for the Gamecocks.