HOOVER, Ala. – Seventh-seeded Alabama broke open a tie game with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to best intrastate rival and 10th-seeded Auburn, 6-3, on Tuesday at the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
Alabama (33-24) advances to play second-seeded LSU (48-8) in the second game on Wednesday, which will be televised on CSS.
Jay Shaw earned the win for Alabama, tossing 5.0 innings in relief, scattering four hits and allowing no runs. Ray Castillo earned his 11th save of the year for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama struck first in the opening inning as Kenny Roberts drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a throwing error and was sacrificed home by Kyle Overstreet.
Auburn picked up three runs in the top of the third after leadoff walks to Cullen Wacker and Garrett Cooper. A double down the left-field line by Patrick Savage scored Walker and a sacrifice fly by Dan Glevenyak plated cooper. Savage came around to score on a single by Jordan Ebert.
Alabama added a run in the fourth to cut its deficit to 3-2 as Ben Moore singled to left center to begin the inning and was later driven in by Brett Booth.
Alabama knotted the score at 3-all in the bottom of the sixth as Moore led off with a single to right field before being driven in by a double from Austen Smith. The Crimson Tide had two runners on base and none out before Auburn brought in reliever Reid Carter to shut the door and get his team out of a jam.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Alabama's Smith singled to shortstop and advanced to third on a double by Booth. Chase Vincent singled up the middle to plate Smith and a sacrifice fly scored Booth. Andrew Miller scored on a wild pitch.
Auburn (33-23) was eliminated from the tournament as part of a new 12-team format that features a single-elimination opening day.
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