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USC Softball Team Swept by No. 1 Alabama In Weekend Series

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Julie Sarrat helped limit the Crimson Tide to one run on Sunday Julie Sarrat helped limit the Crimson Tide to one run on Sunday

By: Daniel Fanning

The South Carolina softball team was swept in its 3-game weekend series by the nation's top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.

Friday night's game was scoreless until Alabama scored five runs in the sixth inning to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Kalia Hunt of Alabama hit two solo home runs as the Crimson Tide won game 1 7-0.

Sophomore shortstop Samie Garcia reached base twice and went 1-2 in Friday night's loss.

The Gamecocks stranded nine runners on base and dropped game two to Alabama 7-0 on Saturday. Alabama scored three runs in the second inning and added four more in the sixth off of Kayla Braud's grand slam. Samie Garcia and freshmen second baseman Dana Harthorn had doubles for the Gamecocks in the loss.

On Sunday, Gamecock pitchers Audrey Broyles and Julie Sarrat combined to limit the Tide to just five hits but it wasn't enough as Alabama got the sweep and a 1-0 win. Alabama pitcher Kelsi Dunne won her 17th game of the season while no-hitting the Gamecocks.

South Carolina is now 17-18 on the season and 3-13 in conference play.

The Gamecocks will host Charleston Southern on Tuesday.

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