Notes From SEC Baseball Tournament

Here are notes from Alabama's first round game in the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament at Regions Park in Hoover. The Crimson Tide lost to Kentucky, 9-3, and faces Georgia in an elimination game at 1 p.m. CDT Thursday.



The Alabama vs. Kentucky game did not start until 10:45 p.m. (CDT), almost three hours past the original start time. This is the latest start time for an Alabama baseball game in the Jim Wells era. The previous late start was a 9:52 p.m. (CDT) when Alabama met Ole Miss in the first round of the SEC Tournament on May 25, 2005. The Crimson Tide and Jacksonville State Gamecocks met in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional on June 2, 2006 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. That NCAA Regional game began at 9:35 p.m. (CDT).

The Alabama-Kentucky game ended at 1:54 a.m. on Thursday morning, marking the latest finish for an Alabama baseball game in the Wells era. The three previous early morning finishes all took place before 1 a.m. local time, including 12:55 a.m. (Alabama vs. Jacksonville State, 2006 NCAA Regional), 12:28 a.m. (Alabama vs. Ole Miss, 2005 SEC Tournament) and 12:46 a.m. (Georgia at Alabama, 2003). The Alabama-Georgia game endured two rain delays totaling 2:44 minutes.

Freshman second baseman Ross Wilson (Hoover, Ala.) extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first inning single.

Alabama has lost four consecutive SEC Tournament games, dating back to the 2006 SEC Tournament. The four-game losing streak includes losses to Ole Miss (2006), Arkansas (2007), Florida (2007) and Kentucky (2008).

The Crimson Tide has also four straight opening round games, dating back to the 2003 season. The losing streak includes losses to Ole Miss (2005), LSU (2006), Arkansas (2007) and Kentucky (2008). Alabama did not make the tournament field in 2004.

Alabama is 0-4 against Kentucky this season and has been outscored 37-11 in the four losses.

The attendance for session two was 11,967.

The four SEC Tournament games took 13 hours and 14 minutes to complete on Wednesday. The Alabama-Kentucky game was the fastest game of the day at 3:04. Ole Miss and Georgia played a 3:06 game.

Junior RHP Austin Hyatt (3-4, 4.95 ERA) will start Alabama's elimination game against Georgia later today.

Here are the recaps of Wednesday's first round action at the SEC Tournament:

LSU 5, South Carolina 4

Blake Dean's walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted LSU to a 5-4 come-from-behind win. The Tigers trailed 4-0 in the ninth inning before Matt Clark's three-run home run pulled the Tigers to within 4-3. Ryan Schimpf's double tied the game with two outs. Phil Disher hit his 40th career home run for South Carolina.

Vanderbilt 7, Florida 3

Steven Little and Andrew Giobbi had three hits each, leading Vanderbilt to 7-3 win over No. 3 seed Florida in game two on Wednesday. The Commodores scored three runs in the second inning to take a 4-1 lead. Mike Minor went five innings on the mound for Vandy.

Ole Miss 4, Georgia 1

Ole Miss ace pitcher Lance Lynn struck out a season high 12 batters, leading the Rebels to a 4-1 win over top-seeded Georgia. Cody Overbeck had a two-run single in the first inning as the Rebels never trailed. The 2008 SEC Tournament marked the seventh straight year the No. 1 seed lost its opening round game. Georgia was the last No. 1 seed to win its first game back in 2001.

Here is the schedule for Thursday:

10 a.m. -- South Carolina vs. Florida (elimination game)

1 p.m. -- Georgia vs. Alabama (elimination game)

5 p.m. -- LSU vs. Vanderbilt

8 p.m. -- Ole Miss vs. Kentucky

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