by Barca Blog - Yes, it took until 2 a.m.... but we finally know who the Commodores will face in Thursday night's winner's bracket at 8:30 p.m. CT (drum roll please).... South Carolina. The Gamecocks scored four runs in the top of the 11th to outlast Alabama, 9-5, in a game with some late twists and turns.
First, Tide head coach Jim Wells was ejected in the bottom of the tenth, setting off an almost riot (okay, that might be a stretch) among the Bama contingent that filled the majority of the seats in Regions Park. Wells argued that his hitter, Brandon May, was beaned by Parker Bangs' offering, but the umpire ruled instead that the pitch had hit May's bat making it a foul ball.
Also, in a scary moment to close the night, Alabama's Jake Smith -- who was voted to the All-SEC first team -- was carted off the field by an ambulance after injuring himself while trying to leg out the final play of the game. Let's hope he's okay.
Well, one final note for the night... The four lower seeds were victorious on day one of the tournament and now hold the early edge to take home that triangular trophy. It just proves that anything can happen in postseason baseball... so stay with the blog while we're in Hoover!