| BSB/SB ⚾ #12 Alabama opens SEC play with a series win over #5 Tennessee (Sunday: 7-6 W)

The Crimson Tide and Volunteers will meet for the 123rd time in series history on Friday

Alabama baseball will officially open Southeastern Conference play this weekend as the 12th-ranked Crimson Tide hosts the sixth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The opener on Friday is set for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch followed by a 7 p.m. start on Saturday and a 1 p.m. open in the series finale. Game one of the series will air on SEC Network+ with the final two matchups receiving national attention on SEC Network.

The series will feature numerous promotions at The Joe as Alabama opens conference play. The theme for this weekend will be 'SEC Opening Weekend at The Joe' with the Right Field Terrace open to all fans for each of the three games with the Vols.

Sunday's series finale will feature free Alabama baseball Saint Patrick's Day T-shirts for fans. Game three will also begin 'Kids' Day at The Joe'. All kids 12-and-under can purchase a $5 general admission ticket. Children will also have the chance to run the bases postgame. Additionally, Sunday will be the Tide's first baseball card giveaway of the season. The giveaway part is part of a season-long promotion highlighting the 2024 roster. Kids can get their pack of cards and stay after the game to get autographs from the group of players featured on this Sunday's set of cards.

Follow the Tide

Fans can follow the series via the below outlets:
Watch: SEC Network+ (Friday) / SEC Network (Saturday | Sunday)
Listen: 100.9 FM / CTSN / The Varsity App
Twitter: @AlabamaBSB
Live Stats: RollTide.com

The Crimson Tide suffered its first loss at home this season

Alabama baseball fell to the sixth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers, 11-3, on Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The 12th-ranked Crimson Tide moved to 15-3 overall and 0-1 in Southeastern Conference play.

Tennessee gained an early lead with one in the first, but the Tide answered with two runs in the home half thanks to back-to-back home runs from TJ McCants and Ian Petrutz. The Volunteers took the lead right back with a two-run third to begin a streak of 10 unanswered runs until a Will Hodo homer in the ninth made it an 11-3 final.

AJ Causey (4-0) picked up the win for Tennessee, tossing 6.2 innings and allowing two runs on six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Ben Hess (3-1) suffered the loss, his first of the season.

From Head Coach Rob Vaughn

"The story of tonight was AJ Causey, to be honest. We threw a good haymaker in the first inning, took some really good swings on balls overall, but that guy just attacks the strike zone with three different pitches and has a really tough arm slot. We took some really good swings off him in the first four or five innings, but they just made some plays on defense, and we put too many guys on for free tonight."

The Crimson Tide scored six across the first three frames to allow the pitching staff to settle in

Alabama baseball paired early offense with a solid effort on the mound to secure a 6-3 win over fifth-ranked Tennessee on Saturday evening at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The 12th-ranked Crimson Tide is now 16-3 on the season and 1-1 in Southeastern Conference play.

Alabama jumped out front early with one run in the first, two in the second and three in the third to build a six-run advantage after three full. Tennessee chipped away with solo homers in the fourth and seventh while adding one more run in the eighth but could get no closer for the 6-3 final.

The early offense allowed Crimson Tide starter Greg Farone (3-0) to settle in on Saturday. The senior worked 5.1 innings of one-run baseball, allowing five hits and issuing one walk while striking out four for the win. Tyler Fay and Alton Davis II combined for the final 3.2 innings, limiting the Vols to only two runs while striking out three for the series-tying victory.

Alabama's offense was spread across the lineup, with all nine starters reaching base safely while seven of the nine starters contributed at least one hit. Justin Lebron highlighted the bats with a 2-for-3 night that included a team-high two RBI to go with a run scored.

From Head Coach Rob Vaughn

"It was a good night for us tonight, but it's going to be a quick turnaround tomorrow. We have to come out and get ready for a big punch from a talented and emotional group in that other dugout and (Tennessee) is going to come out swinging early. We'll have to weather the storm and swing back, and it's going to be a heck of a game tomorrow."
Big weekend for baseball and softball. Hope we can win both series, but finding a way to split the six total games would be a win as well, however it's sliced.

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