Bama's Six Run Eighth Swings Series

If there's one thing learned for the 2005 Alabama baseball team, it's that a game "ain't over till it's over." Gabe Scott's two-run homer capped a six-run eighth inning and powered the Tide to a come-from-behind to capture the series against Georgia Sunday afternoon at Sewell Thomas Stadium.

Alabama improved to 32-14 on the season and 13-8 in Southeastern Conference play. The Tide is a game back of Florida in the overall SEC standings and a game ahead of LSU in the West.

"This series was a lot of fun" said Scott. "After Friday night I realized that every game this series would be tough. Georgia is a very competitive team. They remind me of us, because they are always fighting and battling to the end."

The home run was Scott's 10th of the season and all 10 have come since April 1.

Alabama (32-14, 13-8 SEC) scored six runs on six hits in the bottom of the eighth inning to take an 11-9 lead. The Tide's six-run inning came only after Georgia plated four runs on four hits in the of the frame to take a 9-5 lead.

The series finale featured four lead changes and three ties, all in the final four innings of play.

Georgia (23-20, 7-13 SEC) seemed poised the take the series with a four-run eighth inning off UA left-hander Brent Carter.

Georgia third baseman Adam McDaniel snapped a 5-5 tie with his first career home run to lead off the inning. Joey Side later added a two-run double that landed on the chalk down the right field line to give the Bulldogs an 8-5 lead. Jason Jacobs added another base hit to drive in Side with a 9-5 lead.

Senior right-fielder Morrow Thomley started the rally with the single to open the bottom of the eighth inning. Senior first baseman Zac Welch then ripped a one-out double off the wall in left center field to score Thomley with the first run of the inning.

Freshman shortstop Cale Iorg reached on an infield hit as Welch took third base. Senior second baseman Rocky Scelfo, who had three hits and scored three runs, followed with an RBI single to right to score Welch and send Iorg to third.

After a wild pitch sent Scelfo to second, senior DH Allen Rice reached on an infield hit deep in the hole at short to score Iorg and move Scelfo to third. Georgia pitcher Rip Warren (1-1) then uncorked a wild pitch to allow Sceflo to score the tying run.

Scott then hammered a 1-2 pitch from Warren over the right-center field wall to cap the comeback and give the Tide an 11-9 lead.

The two teams combined for 10 runs and 10 hits in the eighth inning and sent 20 men to plate. Georgia (4) and Alabama (2) also used six pitchers in the decisive inning.

Georgia posted back-to-back singles to open the ninth inning, but junior right-hander Jordan Davis retired the next three batters, including a strike out of Josh Morris to end the game. Davis (5-2) earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief. He allowed three hits and struck out one batter.

The Bulldogs scored a pair of unearned runs in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. Shortstop Matthew Dunn's two-run single with the bases loaded put the Bulldogs ahead after Scelfo dropped a pop fly at second base that would have ended the inning.

Scott drove in his first run of the day in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI double that scored Rice to cut the lead to 2-1.

Georgia took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning when Jonathan Wyatt's RBI single scored Morris.

Scelfo singled in teh fifth inning and later scored on a throwing error by Bulldog right fielder Bobby Felmy to cut the lead to 3-2 after five innings.

Bama tooks its first lead of the game in the sixth inning on Kody Valverde's two-run home run to left field that gave UA a short-lived 4-3 lead.

Georgia answered with a two-run home run of its own in the seventh inning when Morris slammed a two-run shot off the left field foul pole to regain the lead for the Bulldogs at 5-4.

Then the fireworks began and Alabama answered with its 20th come-from-behind win of the season to take the series in dramatic fashion.


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