(HOOVER, Ala.) - Austin Hyatt retired 20 straight hitters en route to a 4-hitter over #1 seeded Georgia in a 5-2 victory at Regions Park that keeps Alabama alive in the SEC Baseball Tournament.
The win also came a little over 14 hours after the Tide's opening round loss to Kentucky.
Georgia became the first No. 1 seed to go two-and-out since they did that in 1987.
Alabama now faces the loser of the Kentucky-Ole Miss game on Friday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. (CDT).
Bryce Massanari gave the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead with a two-out double in the 1st inning that scored shortstop Gordon Beckham. The Bulldogs did not have another hit until the 8th, when designated hitter Jake Crane singled through the left side of the infield.
Alabama tied the game in the bottom of the 1st on a sacrifice fly, then scored three runs in the 3rd inning to take a 4-1 lead.
Josh Rutledge , who was 2-for-3, doubled down the right field line to lead off the Tide's half of the inning, then scored on Ross Wilson's single up the middle. After stealing second, Wilson scored on Brandon May's base hit to center, making it 3-1. A two-base error extended the score as Kent Matthes, who reached on a single, scored from first.
Alabama ended the way it started, adding an insurance run in the 8th on a sac fly.
Hyatt is the 5th Alabama pitcher to throw a complete game in SEC Tournament play, joining Jeffrey Norris (vs. South Carolina, 2002), Jarrod Kingrey (vs. Mississippi State, 1997), Andy Bernard (vs. Florida, 1996) and Tim Meacham (vs. Tennessee, 1983).