COLUMBIA, SC -
In a battle between top-10 ranked teams, the Alabama baseball team opened its Southeastern Conference series with a 9-3 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks on Friday night from Carolina Stadium.
The Gamecocks scored six of their nine runs off Alabama starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull (5-3), as the junior took the loss for the Crimson Tide. Turnbull allowed six runs (four earned) on six hits and walked another six batters while striking out two. Mitch Greer allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits in the eighth inning.
South Carolina starter Jordan Montgomery pitched with runners on base most of the night, but got outs numerous times when the Tide threatened. Montgomery (6-3) got the win after throwing 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Joel Seddon earned his 11th save of the season, throwing 1.1 innings, allowing a run on two hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Although Alabama notched its eighth 10-hit performance in the last nine games, the Tide struggled to get runners across as they left 12 runners on base. Four players had two hits in the game, as Ben Moore was 2-for-4 with a double to notch his seventh straight multiple-hit game.