Alabama Baseball Bests No. 2 South Carolina, Clinches SEC Tourney Berth

The houndstooth ribbon that now adorns the outfield of Sewell-Thomas stadium. Photo Amelia J. Brackin.

Last night, Alabama baseball beat the nation's No. 2 team, South Carolina, 2-1 to propell the squad into the SEC Tournament next week. The win improved Alabama's record to 32-22 overall and 14-14 in SEC play, leading the Western Division.

Senior right hander Nathan Kilcrease held the Gamecocks to a season-low five hits and allowed just a single run in the victory at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. It was his second complete game of the season and the 21st win of his career.

"You never want to go out as a senior class and not make it to the SEC Tournament," Kilcrease said following the game. "That's what was in the back of my mind the whole game: getting us to the tournament."

Alabama and South Carolina continue their series tonight at Sewell-Thomas stadium at 6:35 p.m. and the final game is Saturday at 12:05 p.m. The 2011 SEC Baseball Tournament will be held May 25-29 at Regions Park Stadium in Hoover, AL. More info on the tournament and how the final weekend of play will affect it can be found over at Team Speed Kills.

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