COLUMBIA, SC -
The eighth-ranked University of Alabama baseball team posted a 2-1 victory over nationally ranked South Carolina in front of a sold-out crowd at Carolina Stadium, to even the Southeastern Conference series.
The Crimson Tide got a solid pitching performance from Justin Kamplain, and Casey Hughston delivered the game-winning RBI and threw a runner out at the plate to help preserve the victory. The win snapped a three-game Alabama losing streak, while ending a six-game losing streak to South Carolina, which dated back to the 2011 season.
Alabama (29-14, 13-7 SEC) and South Carolina (33-11, 11-9 SEC) will play game three of the series on Sunday with first pitch at 12:03 p.m. CT, from Carolina Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN and ESPN3/WatchESPN with Tom Hart and Kyle Peterson calling the action.
With the score tied at 1-1 and runners on the corners with one out in the seventh inning, Hughston singled through the right side off Carolina starting and losing pitcher Jack Wynkoop (5-3) to drive in Wade Wass for the game-winning run. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Hughston provided the defensive play of the game, as he threw out Grayson Greiner at the plate as he tried to score from second base on a Tanner English single to left field.
Alabama starter Justin Kamplain (4-2) got the win in a quality start, going 6.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts, and his two walks came in the seventh inning. After two runners were aboard in the South Carolina seventh, Kamplain turned the ball over to Thomas Burrows, who got the final eight outs to record his ninth save of the season. Burrows finished the day with 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing a hit with three strikeouts.