Tide Falls to South Carolina, 10-5, in Opening Round of SEC Baseball Tournament

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The Tide dropped its opening game in Hoover for the first time since 2014

5/21/2024

HOOVER, AL –
Alabama baseball dropped its opening game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, 10-5, to South Carolina on Tuesday afternoon at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide moves to 33-22 overall on the year.

Alabama was first to score on Tuesday, plating three runs over the first two innings with one in the first and two in the second. South Carolina then responded and never looked back, posting a six-run third to gain the advantage for good. The Tide cut the lead to one with a two-run fourth but would get no closer as SC plated single runs in the fifth and eighth to go with a two-run sixth for the 10-5 final.

South Carolina reliever Chris Veach (4-1) earned the win, throwing the final 5.2 scoreless innings with three hits and six strikeouts. The loss went to Alabama reliever Aidan Moza (3-3).

From Head Coach Rob Vaughn
"We are not thrilled with the result, but South Carolina played well – you have to tip your cap to them. Now we kind of sit and wait. We'll go back and practice, continue to prepare, and hopefully we get a chance to keep playing baseball next week."

How It Happened
  • B1 | With one away, Ian Petrutz beat out an infield single and advanced to second on an errant throw. After a groundout in the following at-bat moved Petrutz to third, William Hamiter brought home the game's first run on an RBI-single to center. (1-0, Alabama)
  • B2 | Mac Guscette got things started with a single and was followed by a double off the bat of TJ McCants to put a pair in scoring position. A hit-by-pitch for Will Hodo loaded them up before a second consecutive HBP, this one to Bryce Eblin, pushed a run across. With the bases still loaded, Gage Miller added one more on a sacrifice fly. (3-0, Alabama)
  • T3 | The Gamecocks scored six runs on five hits, highlighted by solo homers from Gavin Casas and Ethan Petry along with a grand slam off the bat of Dalton Reeves. (6-3, South Carolina)
  • B4 | Miller got the rally started with a one-out single and was followed by Petrutz' single to put runners on the corners. After a SC pitching change, Miller scored on a 6-3 groundout followed by an RBI-double from Hamiter to plate one more. (6-5, South Carolina)
  • T5 | Cole Messina lifted a solo shot to move the lead to two. (7-5, South Carolina)
  • T6 | A pair of two-out singles came around to score on a bases-clearing double to add to the SC advantage. (9-5, South Carolina)
  • T8 | With the bases loaded, a 6-4-3 double play allowed the man from third to cross. (10-5, South Carolina)
Postgame Notes
  • Alabama recorded double-digit hits for the 35th time this season.
  • William Hamiter extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Over that stretch, the graduate is hitting .450 (18-40) with four doubles, a triple, two homers, 17 RBI, five runs scored, six walks and two hit-by-pitch.
  • Mac Guscette extended his hitting streak to seven games. Over that stretch, the senior is batting .360 (9-25) with three RBI, six runs scored, two walks and four hit-by-pitches.
  • Justin Lebron's on-base streak ended at 18 games.
Alabama will now await its NCAA postseason fate. The NCAA Regional host sites will be announced on Sunday evening with the entire bracket being released on Monday morning.

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabmaBSB on X/Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook at Alabama Baseball. General athletic news can be found at UA_Athletics on X/Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.


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