Alabama scored eight runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back as the Crimson Tide cruised to their Southeastern Conference win over the Tennessee Volunteers, 15-1, on Sunday afternoon from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the win Alabama completes the series victory over Tennessee and improves their record to 11-9 overall and 2-1 in the SEC. The Volunteers drop to 10-9 in all and 1-2 in conference play.
"I told the team, you have to win games a lot of different ways," UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "Obviously, today was one of those rare commodities where you score eight runs in the first inning. What I was most proud of the team today was that after the eight runs, we kept playing and our guys had constant pressure throughout the game. All weekend we had really good energy, was very competitive throughout, even in last night's game we were just a little sloppy at times but we continued to play."
After allowing their only run of the game to the Volunteers in the first inning, the Alabama bats erupted for eight runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Tide batted around the order and sent 14 batters to the plate and keyed their highest scoring game of the season and most runs scored since March 12, 2010, versus Stony Brook. Their 20 hits in the game were also the most all season and the most since Alabama hosted Troy on April 7, 2009.
Freshman center fielder Georgie Salem paced the offensive production with a 3-for-5 night that included a run scored and a career-high four runs batted in.
COURTESY: Alabama Media Relations
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