May 26, 2010
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CBI Live: SEC Game 2: #6 Ole Miss 3, #3 South Carolina 0
CBI Live: SEC Game
3: #8 LSU 10, #1 Florida 6
Nelson, Tide Crash on
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
Alabama Crimson Tide not only claimed state bragging rights
Wednesday, but also extended their SEC Tournament win streak to
three with a 7-1 win over the SEC West Champion Auburn Tigers
behind a masterful five-hit pitching performance by senior
right-hander Jimmy Nelson (right).
(8-2) tossed a complete game – his third in three weeks – and
allowed five hits, struck out six and displayed pinpoint control
by not walking a batter in the contest.
(39-20), fresh off of a sweep of Ole Miss, scored the first run
in the third inning on a Dan Gamache double and a suicide
squeeze by leadoff hitter Justin Fradejas, but it was all
Crimson Tide from there.
Tide (36-21) answered with two runs in the fourth when Clay
Jones led off with a walk, and David Kindred reached on an
error. Tigers starter Cory Luckie loaded the bases with a walk
to left fielder Jon Kelton. Andrew Miller delivered a single
through the right side to plate Jones and Kindred, who barely
beat the tag of catcher Ryan Jenkins to score the go-ahead run.
(6-4) put the clamps on the Tide offense for the next two frames
but was unable to get out of the seventh inning after recording
two outs. He was saddled with the loss despite allowing just one
earned run. Luckie allowed six hits, walked two and struck out
Alabama, which swept Tennessee to insure its entry into the SEC
Tournament, put a run on the board in the seventh on the
strength of double by Brock Bennett and a triple by All-SEC
performer Taylor Dugas to bump the lead to 3-1.
Crimson Tide then put the game away with three in the ninth on a
Bennett single, a walk to Dugas, a hit batter and a RBI walk to
Clay Jones. Kindred capped the scoring with a two-run knock into
left field off of reliever Zach Blatt.
Smith (left), the reigning SEC Player of the Week, had two hits
to lead the Alabama offense. He was joined by Bennett and Dugas
with two hits apiece.