SEC ROUNDUP: Crimson Tide rises on late rally

By School, wire reports

HOOVER, Ala. — Seventh-seededAlabama used a 3-run rally in the eighth inning to push past 10th-seeded Auburn for a 6-3 victory in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Tuesday.
The Tide (33-24) trailed 3-1 after three innings, but scored a run in both the fourth and the sixth to tie the game. Chance Vincent hit a single with the bases loaded that Tigers second baseman Jordan Ebert couldn’t handleto score Austen Smith for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Alabama followed with a sacrifice fly by Kenny Roberts then a wild pitch by Dedrick allowed Miller to score the third run of the inning.
“It was a big game for both teams today,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “One of the things we’ve been doing over the past couple of weeks is picking each other up. Today, Jay Shaw was the story, coming in after Kamplain had a rough start. Jay was tremendous. It was the longest outing he’s had with us. Defensively, we did a really good job. We missed a couple opportunities early, but we responded in the eighth. It was a good team win for us, we battled hard.”
The Tide got on the board in the first inning without producing a hit. After Roberts walked to open the game, he reached second on a throwing error by the Auburn third baseman on a bunt attempt by Georgie Salem. After Kyle Overstreet moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt, Roberts scored when Moore grounded out to shortstop.
Auburn scored three times in the third inning thanks to a pair of walks and two hits against Kamplain. After Cullen Wacker and Garrett Cooper walked with one out, Patrick Savage doubled down the left field line to score Wacker to tie the game at 1-1. Dan Glevenyak followed with a sacrifice fly to right field, then an infield single by Jordan Ebert allowed Cooper to score, giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead.
Smith had three hits for Alabama while Ben Moore and Brett Booth both added two hits. Jay Shaw (2-1) threw five innings of scoreless relief for the Tide.
Alabama faces second seed LSU today at 12:30 p.m. Right handed pitcher Charley Sullivan (5-5, 3.58) is slated to go for the Tide while the Tigers are expected to counter with LHP Cody Glenn (6-2, 2.64).
Auburn (33-23) is eliminated from the tournament. Reid Carter (1-2) took the loss for the Tigers, giving up one run in 2 1/3 innings. Starter Conner Kendrick for three runs (two earned) on six hits with two walks and a strikeout. Hunter Kelley led Auburn with two hits.
Texas A&M 6, Florida 3: Hunter Melton hit a three-run homer and had an RBI single to help Texas A&M defeat Florida in the Aggies’ first appearance in the SEC baseball tournament.
A&M starter Daniel Mengden (8-3) overcame two balks and a wild pitch to go the distance, throwing 117 pitches.
The Aggies (31-25) took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on Melton’s two-out home run off Florida starter Johnny Magliozzi (4-2).
After Florida (29-28) tied the game in the fifth, Melton gave A&M a 4-3 lead in the sixth on a single that scored Blake Allemand.
Two A&M errors and a Mengden balk helped Florida take a 2-0 lead in the second. Mengden also had a wild pitch in the fifth that allowed Josh Tobias to score from third base.
The teams combined for four errors, three hit batters (all by Magliozzi), two balks and two wild pitches.