Alabama knocks off No. 5 S. Carolina
No. 3 Arkansas bests Auburn
The Associated Press
Kent Matthes had two hits and three RBIs in the sixth inning to help Alabama to a 10-5 victory over No. 5 South Carolina on Friday in Tuscaloosa.
The Crimson Tide (24-19, 9-10 Southeastern Conference) scored ten runs on ten hits, eight of them in the sixth inning. Tommy Hunter (5-3) picked up the win on the mound for the Tide, throwing seven innings allowing five runs on six hits and striking out four while walking five.
In the bottom of the sixth inning the Tide broke a 2-2 tie and chased South Carolina (32-12, 10-9) starting pitcher Harris Honneycutt (7-3) from the game and adding eight and giving the Tide a 10-2 lead.
South Carolina came back in the seventh inning with three runs, but didn't manage to threaten the Tide's lead.
The two teams will face off again Saturday in game two of the series at 4 p.m.
No. 3 Arkansas 12, Auburn 1: Arkansas ace pitcher Nick Schmidt held Auburn to just four hits to help lead the Razorbacks to a victory over the Tigers.
Schmidt, who spent the summer as a pitcher with Auburn coach Tom Slater on the Team USA National Team and is the reigning SEC pitcher of the year, went the distance for Arkansas (34-11, 14-5), surrendering just one run, walking three to go with the four hits.
Auburn (27-18, 6-13) found itself down 4-0 after the top of the first and was never able to dig itself out of the hole.
The Auburn pitching staff surrendered four home runs on the night, two to Danny Hamblin, and its offense struggled to put runners on base as the Tigers finished with the season-low tying four hits.
Evan Crawford (4-4) took the loss for Auburn, allowing nine runs on 10 hits in seven innings.
The two teams meet again Saturday at 2 p.m.
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