Gamecocks take game one

South Carolina will be thanking the rain gods for coming last night to get rid of Alabama's Spencer Turnbull, who was six outs away from a no-hitter. Adam Matthews homered to begin the eighth and Matt Price shut the door in the ninth as Carolina topped Alabama 1-0 to win game one of the series.

It took approximately 21 hours for South Carolina to get their first hit against Alabama, but it was a big one. Freshman Spencer Turnbull was excellent, pitching seven innings of no-hit ball. The only thing that slowed him down was the weather. With Taylor Dugas leading off the eighth inning and a 2-1 count against Michael Roth, the game was halted by umpire Paul Guillie behind the plate. The game would eventually be postponed to 5:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. That would end the night for both Roth and Turnbull as both would get a no-decision.

Tyler Webb came in to retire the Tide in order in the top of the eighth to keep the game a scoreless tie. Jon Keller would replace Turnbull on the hill in the bottom of the eighth and Adam Matthews would send the first pitch he saw over the wall in right to give Carolina a 1-0 lead. It would be the only hit of the game for the Gamecocks, but it would be enough as Matt Price would come in to close the door in the ninth. Webb got the win to move to 4-0 on the year and Price notched his fifth save. Carolina won its ninth conference game in a row and improved to 31-11 on the season and 12-7 in SEC play while the Tide dropped to 17-26 and 6-13 in the conference.

Game two is scheduled to start at 7:00 with Jordan Montgomery on the hill for Carolina. Alabama will start Taylor Guilbeau.

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