From staff reports | File photo by Jenny Dilworth
South Carolina dropped both games of a doubleheader at Alabama Friday, losing game one, 9-0, and the nightcap, 4-1.
The Gamecocks, who fell to 18-13 overall and 2-9 in the SEC, dropped their fourth straight SEC series to start conference play. They will look to salvage Game 3 of the series Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.
In game one, Alabama scored three runs in the first inning off four hits, the last a two-run double by Brett Auerbach. The Crimson Tide then put up five runs in the second, highlighted by a Tyler Gentry grand slam. TJ Reeves homered in the third to give Alabama a 9-0 advantage.
Sam Finnerty threw a complete game shutout for the Crimson Tide, allowing four hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Freshman starter Danied Lloyd was tagged with the loss after allowing seven hits and nine runs with four strikeouts and three walks in three innings of work. Shortstop George Callil had two of the Gamecocks' four hits.
Reid Morgan threw up zeroes in the first three innings of game two, but ran into trouble in the fourth as the Crimson Tide started the inning with four straight singles. Alabama scored three runs in the frame on five hits. The score remained the same until the top of the seventh when Jacob Olson hit his 12th home run of the season, a solo shot to left field. Alabama answered in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single from Drew Williamson.
Carolina threatened in the eighth as Noah Campbell was hit by a pitch, TJ Hopkins and Luke Berryhill both walked, loading the bases. A strikeout by Olson ended the threat.
Morgan took the loss, allowing four runs on 10 hits with a strikeout and a walk.
Carolina had just seven hits in the two games. The Gamecocks were shut out for the second time this season in the game one loss and are now hitting .243 as a team, .187 in SEC play.
NOTES: Olson has three home runs in his last three games and is tied for the SEC lead with 12 round trippers. ... Andrew Eyster played in the field for the first time since March 22 against Tennessee. ... Luke Berryhill has now reached base in 11 straight contests. He doubled in game one and walked in the nightcap.
Carolina and Alabama wrap up the series with a 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) first pitch on Saturday. The game will be streamed on SEC Network+.