After a half-hour rain delay and another that lasted more than two hours after just two and a half innings of play, 11-seeded Alabama beat 6-seeded Georgia 5-3 in the first round of the SEC baseball tournament. . The long break forced an early exit from Garrett McMillan with the Crimson Tide starter contributing two innings. Ben Hess took the mound after the delay and dominated. The freshman allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out 10 batters, a season high in Alabama, in his 4 1/3 relief frames for the win.
After Hess’ exit, the Bulldogs were able to add two more runs before Dylan Ray entered for the ninth, shutting out UGA for its seventh stoppage of the season and the final 5-3.
Alabama will face 3-seeded Arkansas in the second round of the tournament on Wednesday at a time to be determined, while Georgia’s season has come to an end.
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After the game, Alabama coach Hess Brad Bohannonoutfielder Andrew Pinckney and Georgia coach Scott Stricklin and infielder Parks Harber took the podium.