Tide Wins Series

Alabama senior centerfielder Emeel Salem went out in style.

Playing in his final game at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, Salem's sixth-inning home run put Alabama (29-23, 13-14 SEC) on top for the final time in a game that saw the lead change hands four different times, and highlighted a four-hit day at the plate.

"This was a perfect day," Salem said. "I really couldn't have planned it any better. It's amazing."

Junior left Will Stroup, and first-year transfer from Birmingham Southern, pitched a complete game in his second career start for Alabama. Stroup allowed five runs on seven hits and walked just three batters while striking out seven.

"You need whoever your weekend guys are to go deep in the game and he's certainly doing that," Alabama Head Coach Jim Wells said.

Alabama's win over Southeastern Conference Western Division leader Arkansas (37-16, 17-10 SEC) gave the Tide its sixth consecutive Sunday afternoon win dating back to April 1, and its fourth SEC series win. Alabama moved into seventh place overall in the SEC standings, a half game in front of both LSU and Kentucky.

"I feel like we say this every week, but it's true," Salem said, "when you win the last game of a series it gives you a good feeling, and we hope we can continue it."

Tide first baseman Matt Bently was 3 for 3 on the afternoon with three runs batted in and a home run, and freshman Del Howell collected two of Bama's 13 hits on the afternoon.

Alabama finishes the regular season next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the top eight teams make the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Hoover May 23-27.

SEC STANDINGS THRU GAMES OF MAY 6

SEC West SEC Record GB Remaining Schedule
*Arkansas 17-10 - OM
*Mississippi State 14-11 2 ALA
*Ole Miss 14-13 3 @ARK
*LSU 12-14-1 4.5 @VU
*Alabama 13-14 5 @MSU
Auburn 8-19 9 @UKY

SEC East SEC Record GB Remaining Schedule
*Vanderbilt 19-8 - @AU, LSU
*South Carolina 15-12 4 UGA
*Florida 14-13 5 UT
Tennessee 11-14 6 @FLA
Kentucky 12-14-1 6.5 AU
Georgia 10-17 9 @USC


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