West Dominating In SEC Tournament

Alabama eliminated its second top contender in the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament at Regions Park in Hoover Friday. As Saturday's semifinals are set to begin, the tournament is dominated by teams from the SEC Western Division, which was not considered to be as strong as those teams from the Eastern Division.

Alabama had eliminated top-seeded Georgia on Thursday and bashed 19th-ranked Kentucky Friday.

Three of the four teams in the SEC semifinals are Western Division teams: Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss. Vanderbilt is the lone Eastern Division team. Four of the five teams from the East have been eliminated, while all three Western Division teams are still alive.

LSU and Ole Miss have not lost and did not have to play Friday. Vanderbilt eliminated South Carolina to stay alive in the double elimination tournament. Bama and Vandy both have a loss and must win twice Saturday to advance to the championship game.

Here is the schedule for Saturday:

10 a.m. -- Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt

1:30 p.m. -- LSU vs. Alabama

5 p.m. -- Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt (If Vandy wins the first game).

8 p.m. -- LSU vs. Alabama (if Bama wins the first game)

The championship game is Sunday.

Here are notes from Alabama's 13-4 romp over Kentucky on Friday.

Alabama scored more runs Friday night against Kentucky (13) than it did in the previous four games (11) this season.

The Crimson Tide's 13 runs on Friday were the most in an SEC Tournament game since beating Auburn 13-3 in an SEC Tournament elimination game in 2003.

Junior center fielder Alex Kubal (Shorewood, Minn.) hit his first career grand slam in the top of the second inning to give Alabama a 5-0 lead against Kentucky. It was Kubal's fourth home run of the season. Kubal was 2 for 4 with two runs and four RBI in the win.

Kubal's grand slam was the first by an Alabama player in SEC Tournament play since Travis Garner hit a grand slam against Florida in 2002.

Kubal's grand slam is the fourth by Alabama this season, joining Ross Wilson (vs. Youngstown State, March 7), Del Howell (vs. Mississippi State, April 19) and Alex Avila (vs. Georgia, May 16). The four grand slams are the most by the Crimson Tide since the 2003 season, when UA also hit four grand slams.

Freshman second baseman Ross Wilson (Hoover) went 0 for 3 with three walks to end his 13-game hitting streak. The three walks were a season high. He has six walks in his last four games.

Sophomore left fielder Brandon May went 4 for 5 two runs and one RBI in the win over Kentucky. It was his fifth four-hit game of the season and second against Kentucky.

Junior catcher Alex Avila went 3 for 6 with two runs and two RBI against Kentucky.

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