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Auburn, Alabama fall in SEC series finales

The Associated Press

Matt Robbins broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run home run in the fourth inning to help Georgia complete the sweep of a three-game series with a 6-2 victory over the Auburn Tigers on Sunday.

The Bulldogs (8-11, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) got their first opening sweep in the conference since doing it against Kentucky in 1970. Georgia has now won its last eight games against the Tigers (18-6, 0-3), including a three-game sweep at Auburn last season.

Auburn had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a run-scoring single by Robert Brooks and a sacrifice fly by Andy Bennett.

Rich Poythress had an RBI double in the second and Jonathan Wyatt tripled and scored on Ryan Peisel’s single in the third to tie the game at 2-2.

Justin Earls (2-1) worked into the seventh, giving up two runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

The loss went to Tiger starter Evan Crawford (3-1), who allowed four runs on six hits.

Decatur High graduate Ben Jones was 0-for-1 for Auburn.

Tennessee 8, Alabama 7, 10 innings: Shawn Griffin scored the winning run in Tennessee’s comeback win over Alabama in 10.

Tennessee (13-9, 1-2) took advantage of a costly two-out error by Crimson Tide second baseman Jeff Texada to plate the winning run in the 10th.

Griffin drew a lead off walk against Copeland and scored when Ryan Jones reached on Texada’s error.

The Vols rallied in the ninth and 10th, scoring one run in each inning for the win that avoided a three-game sweep by Alabama (15-8, 2-1).

After scoring six runs on six hits in the second inning to take a 6-1 lead, Tennessee watched Alabama score four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and then take a 7-6 lead with two runs in the bottom of the eighth before tying the game in the ninth.

Down to its final two outs in the ninth inning, Tennessee put together three straight singles against Tide relievers Will Stroup and Josh Copeland to tie the game at 7-7.

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