Tide downs Auburn to stay alive

TUSCALOOSA-Alabama's hitters jumped out to a quick start which proved to be enough as the Tide held off two late Auburn rallies to stave off elimination on day two of the NCAA Baseball Regional held here this weekend. The 6-3 win improves Alabama's record to 49-14 and drops Auburn to 34-26.

Alabama now faces another elimination game tonight at 7:00 p.m. against the loser of the day's second game - FAU vs. Southeast Missouri State. Auburn is the first team to be eliminated from the Tuscaloosa Regional.

The Tide got out to an early lead when Jeremy Brown singled home Peter Stonard from third base in the bottom of the first inning for a 1-0 lead.

Alabama's bats continued roll in the bottom of the second inning. Brent Boyd led off the inning with a single to left field. Chad White followed with a single to center field. Zac Welch drove a double to the right center field wall to score Boyd and White and push the Alabama lead to 3-0.

The Tide's offensive assault continued in the bottom of the third inning as Brown collected his second RBI of the game driving in Travis Garner with a single to left field. After a Scott McClanahan bunt single, Boyd doubled to left center field to drive in Brown.

From there Auburn's pitching took over as the combination Levale Speigner and Steven Register allowed the Tide only one unearned run over the final five and two-thirds inning of play.

Auburn broke through in the fifth inning when Tug Hulett doubled home Trent Pratt to make the score 5-1.

Auburn's first serious scoring threat came in the seventh inning as Matt Grooms singled home Bobby Huddleston and Pratt and chase Alabama starter Lance Cormier from the game. Taylor Tankersley came on and halted the Auburn rally in the seventh leaving the score at 6-3.

Tankersley worked himself into a one out bases loaded jam in the ninth inning but was able to strike out Chuck Jeroloman and Sean Gamble to end the game.

Cormier picked up the win after allowing three runs over six and two thirds innings improving his record to 11-3 on the season. Tankersley earned his sixth save of the season after pitching two and a third scoreless innings of relief. Colby Paxton took the loss for Auburn dropping his record to 8-6 on the year.

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