COLUMBIA -- In his past two starts, Sam Dyson had not given up an earned run over 13 innings.
He could have extended that streak if not for a disastrous second inning in the Gamecocks' 6-4 loss to Alabama on Saturday at Carolina Stadium.
The junior right-hander only allowed one hard-hit ball in the inning, but the Crimson Tide was able to get six hits and five runs on the board.
"They were just putting the bat on the ball," said Dyson, who had a season-high 10 strikeouts. "I was making pretty good pitches. I'd rather get hit hard (than give up dink hits)."
No. 7 South Carolina (33-9, 15-5) will try to extend its SEC series victory streak to seven in today's game at 1:30 p.m. Jay Brown (2-0, 4.22 ERA) will throw for the Gamecocks. Alabama (28-16, 9-11) has yet to name a starter.
Alabama's second-inning rally started with one out. Jake Smith and Andrew Miller singled before Cody Trotter doubled off the wall in right-center to score Smith.
Cal Tinsley followed with a bloop single that fell between three USC players to score Miller. Taylor Dugas followed with a RBI single to left field to score Trotter, and Josh Rutledge hit a bloop two-run single into right field that scored Dugas and Tinsley.
South Carolina jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first. Whit Merrifield and Christian Walker reached on infield singles before Parker Bangs drove both home with a double down the left-field line.
Bangs and Walker were the only hitters that could solve Alabama starter Adam Morgan. Bangs hit three doubles and Walker went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer in the eighth.
The left-handed Morgan held the USC left-handed hitters to an 0-for-14 performance.
Tanner thought both pitchers pitched well, but Morgan proved to be the difference.
"We got the two runs early and he kind of stuffed us in the middle innings," Tanner said. "It was a well-pitched game by both guys with the exception of one inning each."