Tide, consider yourselves rolled. Oh, and Fear The Fish.
The Yardcocks routed Alabama 9-1 today in front of a sellout crowd at Carolina Stadium, earning their third straight SEC sweep. This was also their 11th conference victory in a row, marking their longest streak since 2000, when they won 17 games in a row. USC has also won their last five series.
South Carolina jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. Bama threatened in the second inning with the bases loaded, but starter Patrick Sullivan pitched his way out of the jam and allowed the Crimson Tide only one run, also their only score of the game.
USC tacked on a run in their half of the second, and then another in the third when LB Dantzler went yard. He and Christian Walker lead the team with eight homers each. The Cocks got on the board one more itme in the fifth inning, adding their final two runs of the game.
Grayson Greiner and Joey Pankake led the Yardoccks at the plate, with Greiner going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI and Pankake 2-for-4 with two RBI. South Carolina outhit Alabama 9-5.
Sullivan threw four innings where he allowed only one run on four hits. He walked four batters and recorded no K’s. Nolan Belcher came on in relief and earned the win, improving his record to 4-2 on the season. He pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up no runs and only one hit. He struck out four batters and walked two. Hunter Privette shut the door, throwing 1 2/3 of an inning in which he was perfect, even striking out two batters.