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Tide riding momentum against Georgia
Alabama bats coming to
life in league games

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com · 340-2460

Alabama scratched, clawed, pulled out all the stops and beat top-ranked Vanderbilt on Sunday. Now what?

That's the situation the Tide finds itself in when it hosts Georgia this weekend for a three-game SEC series.

Two solo home runs, timely hits, a steal of home and good relief pitching seemed to solve a lot of problems for Alabama (20-14, 5-7 SEC). Now it's a matter of taking that momentum and tacking it onto the next three games.

"That certainly did nothing but help us," Wells said. "We've had some good work done this week. Any time you can win by any means, it can only help. Then the next game something has to happen to make that feeling continue. I think that helped us."

After losing the first two games in Nashville, everything fell into place in the third.

Designated hitter Alex Avila's hit two homers, effectively ending Alabama's overall offensive woes. Right fielder Kent Matthes hit a two-out single in the ninth inning to tie the game.

And right-handed pitcher Austin Hyatt pitched three scoreless innings in relief, giving Wells enough confidence in his bullpen to possibly move right-hander Tommy Hunter back into the rotation.

"Hyatt helped us and puts in your mind that he can be a closer," Wells said. "I feel good about Hyatt coming in."

Even with the win, Alabama has lost its last three SEC series. Georgia (12-21, 4-8 SEC) sits in last place in the SEC East and may provide Alabama its best chance to get a sweep.

But according to Wells, he tried to psyche up his team a little more when it played LSU by stressing the importance of the series. It didn't work.

"All our attention is on us and trying to play the game better," Wells said. "And who we play isn't the issue and doesn't make matters better."

Alabama baseball

  • Friday’s game:Georgia (12-21, 4-8 SEC) at Alabama (20-14, 5-7), 6:30 p.m.

  • Saturday’s game:Georgia at Alabama, 3 p.m.

  • Sunday’s game:Georgia at Alabama, 2 p.m.

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