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South Carolina gives away lead, then rallies in extras to salvage win vs. Alabama

South Carolina pitcher Brett Kerry earned the win for the Gamecocks against Alabama on Saturday. Jeff Blake

South Carolina baseball fought and clawed for everything it could get Saturday against Alabama.

In the end, the Gamecocks got a badly-needed win, topping the Crimson Tide 5-4 in 12 innings to salvage one victory from the weekend series and keep themselves from falling too far behind in the SEC standings.

USC (19-13, 3-9 SEC) got its winning run in the 12th as senior center fielder TJ Hopkins walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch as rain poured down in Tuscaloosa.