South Carolina should appreciate the generosity of Alabama’s baseball team. A day after wild pitching had given the Gamecocks a 10-inning win over the Crimson Tide, Alabama gave up two unearned runs in the seventh inning as fourth-ranked South Carolina took a 4-2 win over Bama on Sunday to win the series, 2-1.
The loss dropped Alabama to 12-12 on the season and 1-5 in Southeastern Conference games.
Next up for Alabama is a Tuesday non-conference matchup with in-state rival Auburn. The Crimson Tide and Tigers are scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT first pitch in the MAX Capital City Classic at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery. ESPNU will televise the game.
Alabama had tied a back-and-forth game with a seventh inning home run by Cody Henry
South Carolina came right back. A leadoff double followed by a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt put the Gamecocks back in front at 3-2. Another sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly made it 4-2, the final score.
Garrett Suchey, who came in in relief with two outs in the sixth, was the loser on the two unearned runs. South Carolina got a win from reliever John Parke and a save by Colie Bowers.
Alabama got an impressive performance from its starter, Nick Eicholtz. The senior kept the ball down in the zone all day, striking out only two but inducing three double plays and recording 14 of his 17 outs by way of the ground ball. Eicholtz tossed 104 pitches, his longest outing of the season and the second-most pitches in a game for his career. His career-long came during his freshman year, a 109-pitch performance at Troy on March 25, 2014.
The offense received a pair of solo home runs from Gene Wood and Cody Henry, with Henry finishing 2-for-3. Connor Short continued his hot hitting, going 1-for-3 to move his streak to nine games with at least one hit, the longest by any member of the Crimson Tide this season.
The Gamecocks struck first with a three walks around a single producing a second inning run.
on Sunday, scoring the game’s first run in the bottom of the second. A leadoff walk followed by a one-out single and another walk loaded the bases for SC. The next hitter took four straight balls to walk in the first tally, making it 1-0 after two full.
Alabama evened it in the top of the sixth, with Wood knocking his first career home run, a solo shot, deep to right field.
In the bottom of the sixth, a two-out walk and a run-scoring double made it South Carolin 2, Al;abama 1, and ending Eicholtz’s day.
The Crimson Tide got its second solo homer of the contest in the top of the seventh, as Henry went deep to right for his second round-tripper of the weekend to even things up at 2-2.
But for the second straight day, Alabama couldn’t pull it out.