Tennessee Finishes Sweep Of Alabama

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Alabama's baseball woes continued this weekend as the Crimson Tide was swept by tennessee for the first time since the 1994 season. Alabama lost a lead in Friday night's game, and on Sunday had to finish a Saturday game suspended by lightning. Bama lost the resumed game and the Sunday contest.

Alabama has now fallen to 9-19 overall and 1-8 in Southeastern Conference games.

Alabama lost the resumed game by 4-2, then fell by 5-3 in the final game of the weekend at Lindsey Nelson Stadium to give Tennessee the sweep.

The Vols got a two-out, two-run single by Zach Osborne in the bottom of the sixth to take the win in the seven-inning game that closed out the series. In the game that was resumed from Saturday, Tennessee got all four of its runs in the fourth inning for the victory.

All three Tennessee wins were by two runs as the Vols came from behind for a 10-8 decision Friday night.

Alabama returns to non-conference action with a road game at South Alabama on Tuesday. First pitch for the game against the Jaguars is scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT from Stanky Field in Mobile. Starting pitchers for the mid-week game have not been announced. Alabama hosts Auburn in a three-game conference series beginning Friday.

In Sunday's wrap-up game, Tennessee (18-10, 5-4 SEC) got the leadoff runner aboard in the sixth inning when Davis Morgan singled. Pinch runner Nick Powell stole second, and after a strikeout, UA starting pitcher Jon Keller walked Chris Fritts, ending the day for Keller. Trey Pilkington entered and loaded the bases when he hit Chris Pierce with a pitch. After Ethan Bennett popped out to first, Ozborne delivered a game-winning two RBI single to left field, on an 0-2 offering from Pilkington.

Alabama finished the game 1-for-7 at the plate with runners in scoring position, while leaving nine runners on base. UA left two on in the fifth and sixth and one on in the seventh.

Alabama collected five hits in the seven-inning game. Jared Reaves was 1-for-4 with a home run and Hunter Gregory was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Taylor Dugas was 0-for-2, but had a walk and was hit by a pitch to extend his streak of reaching base to 40 games.

Keller took the loss for the Tide, as his record dropped to 0-1 for the season. Keller allowed five runs on five hits with three walks and a strike out.

UT reliever Carter Watson got the win to improve to 3-0, after throwing 2 and one-third innings. Watson did not allow a hit, but he walked three and had one strikeout. Nick Blount record his sixth save of the season, and third of the series, after throwing a scoreless final inning.

Tennessee got on the board first, when designated hitter Drew Steckenrider hit an opposite field, two-run home run off the scoreboard. Tennessee extended its lead to 3-0 when a ground out by Jared Allen allowed Zach Luther to score from third.

Reaves continued his hot hitting in the series when he led off the fourth inning with his second home run of the season to left field. Alabama loaded the bases on a Jon Kelton single, and walks to Andrew Miller and James Tullidge. Gregory followed and delivered a two-out, two-run single to center field to tie the game at 3-3. Dugas was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, but a Booth fly out to left field ended the inning.

With the HBP of Dugas ended the game for UT starting pitcher Nick Williams, who finished the day with 3 and two-thirds innings pitched, allowing three runs on four hits with four walks and a hit batter.

Alabama had opportunities to put runs on the board in each of the three innings on Sunday, but could not get a big hit to even the score. Alabama left a runner on second in the seventh, runners on the corners in the eighth and had runners on first and second with no outs in the ninth. UA collected 12 hits, but could only produce two runs. The Tide left 14 runners on base in the game, getting just one hit in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Drew Steckenrider kept the Tide off the scoreboard for 3 and two-thirds innings to get the win for Tennessee (17-10, 4-4 SEC) and improved to 3-0 on the season. Steckenrider allowed three hits with a walk and four strikeouts, before giving way to Nick Blount for the ninth. Blount allowed two singles to start the ninth, but retired the next three hitters to record his second save of the series and fifth of the season.

Justin Kamplain (1-2) took the loss for Alabama, after allowing all four runs to the Vols in the fourth inning. Kamplain gave up seven hits with two walks and a strikeout. Josh Rosecrans threw the final 2.2 innings for UA, allowing no runs on one hit with a walk, a strikeout and two hit batters.

In the Saturday-Sunday game, Alabama took a 1-0 lead when Brett Booth hit his second home run of the season to lead off the third inning. The Crimson Tide added another run later in the inning, when Jared Reaves scored on a groundout by Austen Smith.

Tennessee scored all four of its runs in the fourth inning. An RBI double by Davis Morgan drove in Zach Luther from first, then a two-RBI single by Chris Fritts gave Tennessee a 3-2 lead. The fourth run of the inning came across on a sac fly by Zach Osborne for a 4-2 Vols lead.

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