Alabama defeated Auburn 6-3 in the single-elimination first round of play at the SEC baseball tournament on Tuesday. The in-state rivals met for the fifth time this season. The Tide and Tigers last faced each other in SEC tournament action in 2010. Tuesday’s crowd of 7,241 marks the lowest attendance in tournament history in Hoover between the two local teams.
This year was the first year with the new single elimination format in the first round — requiring eight of the twelve tournament teams to play for position in the double elimination remainder of the tournament. The four winners from Tuesday advance to face four teams who earned byes into the Wednesday games. Tennessee and Georgia did not qualify for the field of twelve.
The Crimson Tide improved to 33-24 overall and 14-14 in SEC competition. Alabama will face No. 6 LSU (48-8) in the second game on Wednesday. The winner moves on to face the winner of Arkansas and Ole Miss and the losing teams face each other in an elimination game on Thursday. You can follow Tide Baseball action at the tournament on Twitter @AlabamaBSB.
Follow William on Twitter