Tide Tops Kentucky In Ninth Inning

A walk-off single from late-inning replacement Brett Booth helped propel the Alabama baseball team (17-7, 4-1 SEC) to a 6-5 win over the Kentucky Wildcats (14-10, 2-3 SEC), Saturday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Alabama returns to action on Sunday looking for the weekend sweep of the Wildcats after already clinching the series. The third game will feature two sophomores with the Tide throwing righty Tucker Hawley (4-1) while the Wildcats counter with lefty Taylor Rogers (2-1). The game is scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. CT start Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

A five-run third for the Tide and a four-run seventh for Kentucky highlighted the scoring on the day, but the last at-bat single helped clinch the game and the Southeastern Conference series win for the Tide. Booth, who came in as a defensive replacement at third base in the top of the eighth, got his first SEC hit of the season when it counted. With runners on first and second, a liner to deep left-center field fell just past the diving UK center fielder to bring home the Tide win.

Senior left-handed pitcher Jonathan Smart (1-0) earned the win after coming in to shut down the Wildcats in order in the top of the ninth. UK reliever Trevor Gott (1-2) took the loss for the Wildcats.

Junior center fielder Taylor Dugas continued to hit, singling in his first at-bat to stretch his hitting streak to 14 games and ending the game with a 2-for-4 day with one walk. Junior shortstop Jared Reaves got back in his hitting groove, going 3-for-5 with two runs for the day.

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