Tide Hands No. 1 Georgia First Loss

Alabama exploded for four runs in the third inning and added three more runs in the sixth en route to a 9-5 win over No. 1 ranked Georgia, handing the Bulldogs their first loss of the season, in game one of Saturday's double-header at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Alabama (10-4, 1-0 SEC) had five straight two-out hits in the third inning to erase a three-run deficit against Georgia. Ross Wilson and Kent Matthes had RBI singles and Jones gave the Tide a 4-3 lead with a two-run single to left.

Matthes hit his NCAA-leading 12th home run in the fifth inning and the Tide tacked on three more runs in the sixth for the win.

Georgia (14-1, 0-1 SEC) scored three runs in the second inning on Levi Hyams three-run home run off the right field foul pole and added two runs in the ninth off Austin Evans, who issued two walks to open the inning.

Austin Hyatt (4-0) held the SEC's top offensive club to three runs and eight hits in eight innings of work. He added six strikeouts and one walk. Georgia starter Trevor Holder (3-1) took the loss, as he allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings.

Alabama had 14 hits in the game, with Matthes and Smith collecting three hits each. Matthes also added three RBI.

The Tide and Bulldogs hoped to play game two of its double-header later Saturday.

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