Alabama Baseball Falls In Opener

The Alabama baseball team opened its 2012 season with a 5-2 loss to the Florida Atlantic Owls on Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. It was also the season-opener for the Owls. The teams will play again Saturday. First pitch has been moved up to 10 a.m. CST because of a rain forecast.

Alabama left-hander Taylor Guilbeau (0-1), who became the first true freshman to start a season-opener for the Tide since freshman were allowed to play Division-I baseball, allowed just one run on three hits, striking out four while walking two over five innings.

Junior catcher Brett Booth had two of UA's five hits on the night, while senior designated hitter Jon Kelton reached base in three of his four plate appearances, notching one of the Crimson Tide's two runs on the evening.

Florida Atlantic scored four unearned runs in the sixth inning to open a 5-0 lead for starter and winning pitcher Ryan Garton (1-0). Garton allowed one run on three hits while striking out seven in six innings.

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