USC used a solo home run in the bottom of the 8th inning, it’s only hit of the game, to win 1-0 over Alabama Friday afternoon in the completion of a game suspended by rain from Thursday night. Friday night, it was a bloop single by Sean Sullivan that scored the game winning runs as the Gamecocks rallied for a 12-11 victory over the Crimson Tide.
USC has now won 10 straight SEC games and the last five SEC series. The Gamecocks are now 32-11 and 13-7 in league play. Alabama falls to 17-27 overall and 6-14 in the SEC.
AUDIO: Ray Tanner [7:08]
Alabama took an 11-9 lead into the bottom of the 9th. With one out, the Gamecocks started their rally. Christian Walker laced a double to left centerfield. Grayson Greiner followed with a single to left center to score Walker. Pinch hitter TJ Costen then laced a double down the left field line with Greiner stopping at third. LB Dantzler was intentionally walked to load the bases.
That brought up Sean Sullivan who had entered the game as a defensive replacement for Adam Matthews in right field in the 8th. Sullivan, a .167 hitter, blooped the first pitch he saw from Jake Hubbard into the hole between short, left and center. Greiner scored the tieing run, and when Hunter Gregory booted the ball, Costen scored the winning run.
AUDIO: Adam Matthews & Sean Sullivan [3;39]
Nolan Belcher, who got the final out of the 9th for the Gamecocks, earned the win to improve to 3-2. Jordan Montgomery started for the Gamecocks and gave up 10 runs over 5 innings, though only 6 were earned. The Gamecocks committed 4 errors, 3 of them by shortstop Joey Pankake.
USC will go for the sweep Saturday afternoon at 1:30 PM. The Gamecocks will start either Patrick Sullivan or Joel Seddon. Alabama will start freshman lefthander Justin Kamplain.