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COLLEGE BASEBALL
Tide collects 17 hits in conference opener

From staff, AP reports

Alabama's baseball team opened Southeastern Conference play with 17 hits in a 9-7 win over Tennessee on Friday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

Jake Smith and Alex Avilla hit back-to-back home runs before an out was recorded in the bottom of the first inning
to give the Tide a 3-0 advantage.

The Tide added two more runs in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Emeel Salem and an RBI single by Smith for a 5-1 lead.

Salem added a solo home run in the fourth inning to give Bama a 6-1 lead.

Matt Bentley added RBI singles in both the fifth and sixth inning to increase the Tide lead to 8-2.

Salem added his third RBI of the night on a single to right field in the seventh inning, making the score 9-5.

Freshman Jake Smith was 4-for-4 on the day with a home run, double and three RBI.

Starting pitcher Miers Quigley (4-0) picked up the win for the Tide, throwing six innings and allowing nine hits and five runs while matching a career-high nine strikeouts. Tommy Hunter collected his first save on the year pitching in the eighth and ninth innings.

Alabama (14-7) and Tennessee will play again Saturday at 4 p.m.

Georgia 4, Auburn 3: Auburn pitcher Scott Shuman walked home Miles Starr in the ninth inning and Georgia beat Auburn 4-3 in the Southeastern Conference opener for
both teams Friday in Athens, Ga.

The Tigers (18-4) took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning on Eric Skinner's sacrifice fly. But the Bulldogs (6-11) trimmed the lead on Matt Olsen's RBI single in the sixth, then tied the game at 3 the next inning when Blake Cannady scored on Jonathan Wyatt's sacrifice fly.

Shuman (4-1), who pitched one inning, gave up four walks — two intentional — in the ninth and surrendered the game-winning run.

Joshua Fields (1-3) had three strikeouts and allowed only one hit in two innings of work for Georgia.

Decatur High graduate Ben Jones entered midway through the game at designated hitter and went 1-for-2.

Copyright 2005 THE DECATUR DAILY. All rights reserved.
AP contributed to this report.

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