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USC softball scores 3-2 win over No. 4 Bama

Sophomore Laura Mendes had her second walk-hit of the season, leading the Gamecocks to a 3-2, eighth-inning win Friday over No. 4 Alabama in the first game of the doubleheader at Beckham Field.

The win snapped the Gamecocks' 14-game losing streak to the Crimson Tide.

Mendes, with two out in the eighth, came through with a hit to center, allowing freshman Evan Childs to score from second.

Freshman pitcher Audrey Broyles (10-7) got the win for USC, allowing two earned runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five.

She tossed 153 pitches in the contest, 102 going for

Alabama led 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning of game 2, which suspended when bad weather entered the Columbia area. That game will resume in the bottom of the fifth at 1 p.m. Saturday. The final game of the three-game series will start 30 minutes after the completion of the suspended game.

Auburn clips Gamecocks

At Auburn, Ala., No. 24 South Carolina dropped a 6-1 decision at No. 27 Auburn afternoon in an SEC men’s tennis match that began outdoors but was forced indoors for singles due to high winds.

Junior Ivan Cressoni picked up the Gamecocks’ lone victory, playing up one spot in the No. 5 position. South Carolina dropped to 15-7 on the season and 3-6 in the SEC. Auburn is 11-8 and 4-5 .

USC’s Schofield upends nation’s No. 6 player

Senior Gira Schofield from the South Carolina women’s tennis team scored a win against Auburn’s Fani Chifchieva, the nation’s No. 6-ranked player, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, in helping the Gamecocks defeat the Tigers at Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center. Carolina improved to 12-8 overall and 5-4 in the SEC. Auburn dropped to 11-9 and 3-5.

— From Staff Reports