Alabama opens SEC tourney with 7-4 win over Arkansas

HOOVER — Alabama scored five runs in the top of the first inning on the way to a 7-4 victory over Arkansas on Wednesday morning to open the double-elimination Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.

Alabama will play Florida on Thursday afternoon while Arkansas will play Mississippi State on Thursday morning.

The Crimson Tide (33-24) scored four of the first-inning runs with two outs. Brett Booth had a two-run single and Andrew Miller and Hunter Gregory each followed with RBI hits, chasing the Razorbacks’ starter, Randall Fant (3-4).

Alabama starting pitcher Nathan Kilcrease (7-4) struck out 10 and walked one over eight innings. Jonathan Smart retired the Razorbacks in order in the ninth inning, striking out the final two batters for his 10th save.

The Associated Press