June 05, 2011; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide pitcher Brett Whitaker (7) throws against the Florida State Seminoles during the third inning of the Tallahassee regional of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament at Dick Howser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Baseball: Tide Wins First SEC Series of the Year Against Tennessee

The Alabama Crimson Tide (11-9, 2-1 SEC) baseball team squared off against the Tennessee Volunteers (10-9, 1-2 SEC) in Tuscaloosa for a weekend baseball series to kickoff conference play.

The Tide saw an offensive explosion over the weekend. Alabama scored 33 runs over three games and had 15 runs alone in the rubber match on Sunday.

Senior catcher Brett Booth led the way in the first game. Booth was 3-5 with an RBI and 3 runs scored. Freshman outfielder Georgie Salem was 1-4 with a walk. He finished with 2 runs scored. Charley Sullivan (1-1) was given the win for Alabama after a complete game three-hitter. He only surrendered one earned run and one walk in his best outing of the year. Zack Godley (1-2) was handed the loss for Tennessee. He gave up 8 hits and 4 earned runs in only six innings. Alabama took the first game by a final of 12-1.

In the second game, Jon Keller got the start for the Tide but was only able to put in five innings of work. Keaton Haack got the loss for the Tide (0-1). Trevor Bettencourt (2-1) was given the win in relief for the Volunteers and Drake Owenby earned his first save. The Tide lost the second game by a close 7-6 score.

Once again bats were the story in the third game. Freshmen Georgie Salem and Mikey White led the offensive attack. Salem was 3-5 with four RBI. White finished 2-3, with two runs scored, and two RBI. Spencer Turnbull (1-1) allowed only one earned run in seven innings and was given the win for the Crimson Tide. Jay Shaw and Trey Pilkington each provided scoreless and hitless relief in their inning of work. Andy Cox (1-2) was slated with the loss for Tennessee.

Alabama will travel to Birmingham to face Samford University on Tuesday before heading back home for a single game with Jacksonville State on Wednesday. The Tide travels to Georgia for their second conference series of the year on March 22. Saturday’s game at 3pm CT in Athens will be broadcasted on CSS.

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