USC has relied a great deal on pitching to win SEC games this season but Sunday the Gamecock hitters put the game on their shoulders with a SEC season high 17 hits in a 9-3 victory over Alabama. The Gamecocks won the series 2-1 to improve to 34-11 overall and 12-9 in the SEC.
Kyle Martin led the hit parade with four while Marcus Mooney and Jordan Gore had three each. Grayson Greiner and DC Arendas had two hits apiece. Seven different Gamecocks drove in runs.
USC led 3-0 going to the fifth but the Crimson Tide tied the game with three runs in the inning off Gamecock starter Wil Crowe.
The Gamecocks retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth on a two out, two run single to center by Gene Cone. Martin later added an RBI single for a 6-3 lead.
The Gamecocks added a run in the seventh on a RBI single by Mooney and capped off the scoring with two runs in the 8th. Greiner had a RBI double and Arendas a RBI single to make it 9-3.
Crowe pitched into the sixth inning before giving way to Cody Mincey who allowed one hit over 1.2 innings to earn run his record to 4-0. Joel Seddon allowed one hit over the final 2.1 innings for his 12th save.
The Gamecocks have exams this week and won’t play again until going to Georgia Friday night.