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After beating Vols, Alabama improves to 2-0 in SEC baseball

The Associated Press

Right-hander Bernard Robert had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning, leading Alabama to a 9-1 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.

Kent Matthes and Jeff Texada and Greg Paiml had two hits each for Alabama (15-7, 2-0 Southeastern Conference).

Tennessee second baseman Jeff Lima, who had two of the Vols four hits, broke up the no-hitter with a lead off single to center field in the seventh inning.

Robert (3-3) allowed one run and four hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts.

He lost his shutout in the ninth inning when UT shortstop Tony Delmonico singled home Lima, who reached on his second hit of the game.

The Alabama offense gave Robert more than enough support with a 12-hit attack and scoring six of its nine runs with two outs off losing pitcher James Adkins.

Adkins (2-3) gave up nine runs and 12 hits in seven innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Tennessee (12-9, 0-2 SEC) avoided the shutout with a run on three hits in the ninth inning.

Georgia 3, Auburn 2: In Athens, Ga., Matt Olsen hit a game-winning RBI single in the ninth to lift Georgia to a 3-2 win over Auburn on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (7-11, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) had the bases loaded in the ninth after Mike Freeman reached on a fielderís choice, Ryan Peisel was hit by a pitch and Gordon Beckham walked.

Olsen, who had a solo homer in the third, then drove in Freeman on his single with two outs. Freeman had an RBI single in the second.

Stephen Dodson (1-1) didnít allow any hits in two innings for Georgia. Starting pitcher Trevor Holder gave up two runs and struck out five.

Chris Dennis (1-1) allowed the game-winning run in the ninth for the Tigers (18-5, 0-2). Auburn tied the game at 2 in the fourth when Dustin Spruil had a run-scoring single.

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