Notes From Tide Baseball Sweep

Here are notes from Alabama's Southeastern Conference-season-opening baseball doubleheader against previously undefeated and top-ranked Georgia. Bama won both games of the doubleheader at Sewell-Thomas Stadium Saturday, taking game one by a 9-5 margin and the second game by 11-5.



Alabama (11-4, 2-0 SEC) has won seven of eight series all-time against the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, including series wins over Miami, Fla. (1985), Mississippi State (1989), Auburn (1995), LSU (1997), Mississippi State (2006), South Carolina (2006) and Georgia (2009).

The Crimson Tide has won nine straight home SEC series, dating back to the 2007 season. Overall, Alabama has won 19 of its last 21 home SEC series since the 2006 season. UA did not win a home series in 2004. Alabama has won 10 straight home series against SEC Eastern Division teams. Under Wells, the Tide has won 30 of 38 home series against the Eastern Division.

Alabama snapped Georgia's school-record 14-game winning streak with a 9-5 win in game one of Saturday's double-header, leaving Virginia as the last remaining undefeated team in the nation. The Cavaliers are 15-0 on the season, after a win over Florida State on Friday. Their Saturday game was rained out.

The Tide has won five straight series' with Georgia since the 2005 season.. The Bulldogs have not won a series in Tuscaloosa since 1993, losing their last seven series' in Tuscaloosa. Alabama head coach Jim Wells is 17-3 at home against Georgia.

The middle of the UA batting order - Ross Wilson, Kent Matthes and Brandon May – scored 12 runs and added 11 hits in Saturday's double-header sweep of Georgia.

Junior first baseman Brandon May (Marietta, Ga.) was 4-for-6 in the double-header with one home run, six RBI and four runs scored. He reached base eight times, including four walks. He was 2-for-2 with three walks in game one and went 2-for-4 with his first career grand slam in the nightcap. May has 10 career home runs for the Tide, but only two at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Senior right fielder Kent Matthes (Orlando, Fla.) was 4-for-9 with four runs scored, one home run and three RBI on Saturday. He hit his NCAA-leading 12th home run in the opener and has now homered in 10 of his last 12 games, including four straight. Matthes has hit more home runs this season than 198 of the 316 NCAA Division-I baseball teams.

Sophomore second baseman Ross Wilson (Hoover) went 3-for-8 in the twin bill and scored four runs.

Senior right-hander Austin Hyatt (8 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K), May (4-for-6, 4 R, HR, 6 RBI) and freshman left-hander Adam Morgan (7.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 9 K) are all from Marietta, Ga.

Morgan had a career-high nine strikeouts in his first SEC start.

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