Helped by some timely errors in the field and timely hitting at the plate, Bama opened the 2011 SEC baseball tournament with a 5 run first inning that proved too much for the Hogs as Bama rolled 7-4. Randal Fant was charged with the loss after failing to make it out of the first. Brandon Moore pitched 8.2 innings in relief, giving up only 2 runs and saving the bullpen for what will be a long ride if the Hogs are going to fight their way out of the loser's bracket. The Hogs got on the board with 3 runs in the fifth and another run in the sixth; however, Bama's pitching shutdown any thoughts of a rally in the final three innings.
The Hogs will send DJ Baxendale, our #1 starter, to the mound tomorrow morning at 9:30 to face the loser of Florida/MSU. Television coverage will be on CSS and ESPN3.com.