Tide runs winning streak to 10 games

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama baseball team extended its winning streak to 10 games with a 14-7 win over the Samford Bulldogs Wednesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. <br><br>The 10-game winning streak matches the longest of the season by Alabama, who opened the year by winning its first 10 games,

Alabama (33-5, 12-3 SEC) also extended its winning streak to 14 games over Samford. The B ulldogs have not won a game from Alabama since the April 21, 1992. The 14-game winning streak over Samford is the longest by Alabama over any active opponent and ties for the fifth longest all-time at the Capstone.

Junior right fielder Travis Garner had two hits and a career high five RBI for the Crimson Tide. Garner ripped a bases-clearing double in the second inning to give Alabama a 9-2 lead. He added a two-run single in the fourth as UA took a 12-4 lead.

Garner's five RBI are the most in his career and gives him eight RBI in his last two games. Garner had three RBI in Sunday's 15-4 win at Kentucky, his first career multiple RBI game.

Senior catcher Jeremy Brown had three hits, three runs and three RBI in the win over Samford. Brown collected a two-run double and scored in the five-run first inning and added an RBI double and scored one run in the Crimson Tide's four-run second inning. The Hueytown native also singled and scored in the fourth inning.

Brown became Alabama's all-time leader with 225 career runs scored in the game. His first inning run surpassed Andy Phillips' (1996-99) record of 222 career runs scored.

Scott McClanahan, Peter Stonard and Grant Redding also added two hits each for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama also extended its home winning streak to 27 consecutive games with the win. Bama is 23-0 at home this year and won its final four games last season. The current streak began with a 17-0 win over Jacksonville State on May 1, 2001.

The Crimson Tide scored five runs in the first inning and added four more runs in the second to take a 9-2 lead. Alabama scored in each of the first four innings on Wednesday to extend its streak of scoring at least one run in nine consecutive innings dating back the fourth inning on Sunday at Kentucky.

Sophomore Chad White capped the scoring for Alabama with a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Right-hander Jared Woodward, a sophomore from Tuscaloosa, pitched six innings en route to his fourth win of the season. Woodward allowed four runs on a career-high 10 hits, adding five strikeouts and one walk.

Freshman right-hander Eric Mennen worked three effective innings in relief to notch his second save of the season.

Samford (19-19) scored its seven runs in three innings. The Bulldogs scored two runs in the second and fourth innings and added three runs in the eighth.

Cory Sumner, Robert Evans and Kip Snowden collected two hits each. Evans added a two-run home run, his sixth of the season in the fourth inning. Evans also added three RBI.

The Crimson Tide will host the Ole Miss Rebels this weekend in battle of top 10 teams. The SEC showdown begins at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon and continues Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. The game times for Friday and Saturday have been changed from their original listing due the NCAA Gymnastics Championships.


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