| BSB/SB ⚾ Late Run Downs Baseball in 6-5 Loss at South Carolina (Friday, 6CT, on SECN+)


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama baseball travels to Columbia to square off with South Carolina for a cross-divisional series at Founders Park. The Thursday-Saturday set begins with a pair of 6 p.m. CT starts in games one and two with the finale slated for an 11 a.m. first pitch. The Crimson Tide and Gamecocks will play on the national stage for games one and three on SEC Network with the middle contest airing on SEC Network+.

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Watch: SEC Network (Thursday/Saturday) | SEC Network+ (Friday)
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Live Stats: GamecocksOnline.com

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups​

THURSDAY: UAGarrett McMillan (Jr., RHP) vs. SC – Brett Thomas (Jr., RHP)
FRIDAY: UAJacob McNairy (Sr., RHP) vs. SC – Noah Hall (Jr., RHP)
SATURDAY: UAGrayson Hitt (So., LHP) vs. SC – Will Sanders (So., RHP)

Leading Off​

  • Alabama and South Carolina will meet for the 68th time in series history when the two teams open the series on Thursday evening at Founders Park. The Gamecocks hold the all-time advantage in the series, 37-30, including a 21-9 mark in Columbia.
  • The two teams last met in the opening round of the 2021 SEC Tournament in Hoover on May 25. Alabama came away with a 9-3 win to advance to the double-elimination portion of the Tournament.
  • Alabama will look to right-hander Garrett McMillan for the start on Thursday. Senior righty Jacob McNairy takes the hill on Friday followed by sophomore southpaw Grayson Hitt in the series finale on Saturday.
  • South Carolina will use a trio of right-handers in the three-game series. Junior Brett Thomas gets the nod in Thursday's opener followed by Noah Hill on Friday evening. The Gamecocks will wrap up the series with sophomore Will Sanders on the hill.


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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Alabama baseball suffered a 6-5 loss to South Carolina on Thursday evening at Founders Park. The Crimson Tide is now 25-18 on the season and 9-10 in Southeastern Conference play.

The Gamecocks used three home runs to build a 5-0 lead after three innings of play. Alabama would not back down, scratching across one run apiece in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to send the game to the ninth at 5-3. With two down, Drew Williamson delivered a two-run single to make it a 5-5 ballgame. The Gamecocks were able to put runners on the corners with one down in the home half before a blooper fell just beyond the reach of three Tide defenders for the game-winning single.

Garrett McMillan was solid in his start. The junior tossed 6.2 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts on a career-high 119 pitches. Brock Guffey (2-2) followed for 1.2 innings, suffering the loss after allowing the run in the ninth. Cade Austin (4-1) was tabbed with the win for the Gamecocks.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon

"I'm really proud of the way the kids fought back and competed. I told them 'We didn't lose the game in the ninth inning. We lost it by kicking a double play ball that led to a three-run homer in the third'. We also had second and third with nobody out, but we didn't score. Those kinds of things come back to bite you when you're playing on the road in this league."

How It Happened​

  • B2 | A solo homer by Andrew Eyster opened the game's scoring. (1-0, South Carolina)
  • B3 | Michael Braswell led off the inning with a home run. Josiah Sightler then recorded the inning's second homer, this one a three-run shot. (5-0, South Carolina)
  • T4 | The Tide was able to load the bases with William Hamiter's fielder's choice allowing one to score. (5-1, South Carolina)
  • T5 | Bryce Eblin led off with a single before Caden Rose doubled to put both runners in scoring position. A single to center from Jim Jarvis crossed Eblin for a Tide run. (5-2, South Carolina)
  • T6 | Andrew Pinckney led things off with a double to right-center. A lineout to right allowed Pinckney to move to third before Dominic Tamez brought him in with a sacrifice fly. (5-3, South Carolina)
  • T9 | Will Hodo reached on a fielder's choice followed by a walk to Jarvis. Then, with two down, Williamson singled to straightaway center to score the pair, highlighted by a nice slide under the tag from Jarvis. (5-5)
  • B9 | A blooper dropped just beyond the reach of three Tide defenders for an RBI-single. (6-5, South Carolina)
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