#3 South Carolina out slugs Alabama 20-15, Wins Series 2-1

Alabama and South Carolina combined for 35 runs and 41 hits, using as total of 14 pitchers, as the No. 3 Gamecocks posted a 20-15 win in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.

The 35 combined runs are the most in an SEC game since Alabama beat Vanderbilt 22-13 on May 8, 1999 in Tuscaloosa.

The two teams also combined for nine home runs in the slugfest, including a season-high five home runs by the Crimson Tide.  Senior third baseman Jake Smith, junior shortstop Josh Rutledge, junior DH David Kindred and sophomore center fielder Taylor Dugas accounted for the Tide's round trippers. South Carolina's four home runs were recorded by Jackie Bradley, Jr., Brady Thomas, Kyle Enders and Evan Marzilli.

South Carolina (34-10, 16-5 SEC) posted season highs for runs (20) and hits (25) and set the Carolina Stadium with 25 hits on Sunday.  The Gamecocks put the leadoff man on base in seven of the eight innings and scored in seven of the eight innings.

Alabama (28-17, 9-12 SEC) used eight pitchers in the loss and every pitcher yielded at least one run and two hits in the game.  No pitcher worked more than 1 2/3 innings.

"It was a bad bullpen day for us and good offensive day for them," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said.  "I thought our position players had another good day at the plate and competed hard in all three games."

Jones and Kindred had three hits apiece to pace the Crimson Tide offense.  Jones was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, one home run and two RBI, while Kindred was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, one home run and three RBI.

Dugas, Rutledge, Smith, senior second baseman Cal Tinsley and junior catcher Brock Bennett each had two hits for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama held an 8-4 lead in the fourth inning on a pair of two-out home runs by Rutledge and Kindred.  Rutledge hit a 2-0 pitch over the center field wall to give the Tide a 6-4 lead.  After Jones walked on a 12-pitch plate appearance, Kindred lined a two-run homer over the left field wall to give Alabama an 8-4 lead.

South Carolina scored 11 runs over the next two innings to blow the game open.

The Gamecocks took a 10-8 lead with by scoring six runs in the fourth inning, capped by Thomas' three-run, pinch-hit home run.  Thomas had the walk-off home run in USC's 9-7 win in the 11th inning on Friday night.  South Carolina added five more runs in the fifth to take a 15-8 lead.  Ender stoked a two-run homer in the inning for the Gamecocks.

Alabama scored three times in the seventh when Dugas lined a three-run home run to left field to cut the lead to 15-11. South Carolina immediately answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame on Marzilli's two-run homer to make it 17-11.

Smith's RBI single provided the Tide with another run in the eighth but the Gamecocks tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the inning for a 20-12 lead.

Jones hit his team-leading 13th home run in the ninth inning for Alabama to make the final 20-15.