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Live blog: Atlanta baseball regional final

Winner advances to super regional to face Auburn regional champion.

Middle ninth: 1-2-3 ninth, Tide needs three outs for the title up 10-8. Kilcrease heads back to the mound.

End eighth: Kilcrease works out of another jam with no damage. He’s thrown 84 pitching in five innings of relief. Tide takes 10-8 lead into the final frame.

Middle eighth: Jake Smith hits into double play to end threat. Alabama takes 10-8 lead into bottom eighth.

End seventh: Kilcrease strikes out two, Tech goes down in order. Tide leads 10-8.

Middle seventh: Alabama records first 1-2-3 inning of the game, still leads 10-8 and it’s dead skunk time in Atlanta.

End sixth: No runs, one hit, one left on base for Tech. Alabama remains ahead 10-8 with three innings left.

Middle sixth: Tide scores another on fielder’s choice. It’s 10-8 Tide in a marathon.

Top sixth, Part II: Four-pitch bases loaded walk scores Dugas, Tide leads 9-8

Top sixth: Tech goes to the bullpen for the first time after a Dugas lead-off single. Still 8-8. Patrick Long enters this wild game. Auburn still trails 8-6 to Clemson.

End fifth: Kilcrease just works out of jam, leaves game tied 8-8 still after his second inning. His stuff isn’t effective, but limiting damage.

Middle fifth: Tide leaves one stranded, still tied 8-8 with a lot of baseball left to play.

End fourth: Only one half inning so far has gone scoreless after two more Georgia Tech runs tie the game 8-8.Adam Scott working in the bullpen with Nathan Kilcrease laboring through his first inning.

Middle fourth: Clay Jones just hit a 3-run homer aided by the jet stream to left, 8-6 Tide back in the lead.

Top fourth: Josh Rutledge just hit a 2-RBI double to right, cutting the lead to 6-5 Tech.

End third: Three straight 2-out singles puts Tech up 6-3. This could get ugly at any second, but Alabama not dead yet. In Auburn, Clemson leads the host Tigers 7-5 after three in what appears to even more of a hit-fest. That’s what happens when pitching staffs dry up after a long weekend.

Middle third: Jake Smith RBI single gets one back for the Tide, 5-3 but inning ended on double-play. Georgia Tech pitcher Deck McGuire just got drafted with the 11th pick in the draft by the Blue Jays. Ch-ching.

End second: Alabama calls in third pitcher with no outs in the second after Matt Taylor went 1/3 of an inning and walked two. Jonathan Smart gets the call — the third lefty for the Tide still trailing 4-2, for now. Tech adds another to go ahead 5-2 after two.

Middle second: Tide strands one and still trails 4-2. Thee feeling in the park: This could get away from in a heartbeat with the wind blowing out to left and a Tech lineup packed with left-handed sluggers.

End first: Tech answers right back with a 2-run homer from No. 2 batter Derek Dietrich, 2-2 in an offensive battle already. Chase Burnette also hits a 2-run shot, ending Taylor Wolfe’s day after 2/3 of an inning and Alabama trailing 4-2.

Middle first: Jake Smith’s 2-out, 2-run double to left center put Alabama up 2-0 after Taylor Dugas and Ross Wilson crossed the plate.

Live blog: LSU/Alabama SEC baseball championship

FINAL: LSU 4, Alabama 3

Jon Kelton struck out, Brett Whitaker grounded out to second and Andrew Miller struck out to end it.

More later.

Middle 10th: LSU leads 4-3 after Tyler Hanover’s RBI single to left scored Matt Gaudet. That followed a Josh Rutledge throwing error on what would have been the third out of the inning. 

End 10th: No clutch 2-out hit this time. Jake Smith left the game-winning run stranded at third with his pop out to right. Ross Wilson got to third on a walk, stolen base and a throwing error. Still 3-3 heading into 11th.

Middle 10th: Jake Smith turns a huge double play after allowing a lead off single. Micah Gibbs SAC bunt attempt turned into the DP that included a very close play at first. LSU was not happy with the call. Two walks and a looking strike out later, the game remains tied 3-3 with the top of the Alabama lineup coming to the plate.

End ninth: Cal Tinsley struck out swinging, as did Andrew Miller and Brock Bennett grounded out to second base. You know what that means: Bonus baseball. We’re going to extras with the SEC title on the line, tied 3-3. LSU fans are jacked up.

5:59 update: Play ball!

5:39 update: Tarp coming up again. Let’s hope we can play some baseball soon. A good chunk of the crowd took off after it went back on about an hour ago. Restart time: 6:05 p.m. (Central)

You’ve got to be kidding me:  Tarp is out. We are delayed by lightning again at 4:53 p.m.

Middle ninth: Andrew Miller makes catch falling into the wall for first out then another in shallow left before a Mason Katz single to left. Mikie Mahtook then grounded out to end the threat, 3-3 going to the bottom of the ninth.

End eighth: Jake Smith single to right scores Ross Wilson, ties game 3-3 before Jon Kelton pops out to left field.

Middle eighth: Ross Wilson’s leaping stab of Alex Edwards’s hard line drive saved at least a run and ended the threat with runners on first and second. Taylor Dugas up first next inning with 48-game streak of reaching base in jeopardy.

End seventh: LSU left fielder Mason Katz just made the play of the game so far. He dove to catch a sinking liner off the bat of Brock Bennett then doubled up Brandt Hendricks who was expecting the ball to drop in for a single. That’s huge for LSU, still leading 3-2 with two innings left and the top of the Tide lineup coming up in the eighth.

Bottom seventh: Andrew Miller’s single scores Jon Kelton to cut deficit to 3-2 with one out and another new pitcher coming in.

Middle seventh: With Jimmy Nelson pitching, the Tide retires the side in order. 3-1 LSU.

Middle sixth: The Tide avoids damage after a 1-out triple. Still no score after the delay. LSU up 3-1.

End fifth: Taylor Dugas’ long drive to center field was not deep enough in this big park. Leon Landry gloves the third out to keep LSU up 3-1. Jimmy Nelson warming up in Tide bullpen.

Middle fifth: One hit, no runs, one runner left on base. LSU still leads 3-1.

3:26 p.m. update: And … we’re back. Play ball, take II.

3:05 update: Wrong again. Tarp off. Announcement says game restarts in 20 minutes. $20 says that doesn’t happen, but we’ll see.

2:58 p.m. update: False alarm. Tarp is still down and the weights holding to down are coming back out.

2:51 p.m. update: The tarp is about to come off the field and the radar looks more positive. How this delay affects pitching will be interesting.

It’s 2:05 and the tarp just came out. We are delayed. In a softball update, Alabama was just stunned by a 2-out, 2-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to get eliminated by Hawaii, 5-4 is the final.

End fourth: Ross Wilson’s single to center scored Josh Rutledge from second to cut the hole to 3-1 with no outs. But that was all the damage Alabama did as Wilson was left standing on first. Then the rains began and the crowd is seeking shelter.

Middle fourth: Hawley strikes out two, retires side in order. Still 3-0 LSU.

End third: Alabama goes down in order again to trail 3-0 entering the fourth. In softball, a 3-run homer put the Tide up 4-3 late in the super regional title game.

Middle third: Mikie Mahtook’s lead-off homer put LSU up 3-0. Taylor +Wolfe then exits after 2+ innings after hitting Tyler Hanover. Tucker Hawley replaces him on the mound to close out the inning.

End second: A 1-2-3 inning included two strike outs. For the first time this week, Alabama is not in control.

Middle second: Wolfe records first walk by Alabama pitchers this week and Matt Gaudet makes him pay for it with a 2-run double to put the Tide behind for the first time all week, 2-0 LSU. Leon Landry’s long at-bat and walk set up the shot to left with two outs.

End first: The Tide strands Ross Wilson at second with a Clay Jones ground out to third. Score remains 0-0 under still-sunny skies.

Middle first: Tide pitcher Taylor Wolfe puts two strikes on all three hitters, strikes out last two in 1-2-3 first. After a half inning, 0-0 with the Tide coming to the plate. LSU fans are running away with the spirit stick at this point.

Live blog: Florida/Alabama baseball

FINAL: Alabama 5, Florida 2

The hot streak continues. Consecutive win No. 8 puts Alabama into the championship game with defending conference and national champion LSU.

The final begins at 1 p.m. Sunday and will air on ESPN2.

More later.

End sixth: Tide needs three outs to wrap up its spot in the championship game against LSU. Adam Morgan still on the mound.

Middle sixth: Preston Tucker scored on a ground out to cut the lead to 5-2 Alabama after his leadoff double and a SAC fly.

End fifth: Ross Wilson, Clay Jones and Jake Smith all went down with strike outs. After five innings, Alabama still leads 5-1.

Middle fifth: The Gators got one back, but still trails Alabama 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth. Morgan gave up a pair of doubles and not dominating as he had in the first few innings.

End fourth: For the first time all afternoon, Alabama doesn’t put a run on the board. It still leads 5-0 with three innings left.

Middle fourth: The Gators stranded two runners as Adam Morgan’s no-hit bid ended with a lead-off single by Nolan Fontana. No damage on the scoreboard, though. Still 5-0 Tide.

End third: A 2-out, 2-run single from Jake Smith puts Alabama ahead 5-0 with Adam Morgan rolling on the mound.

Middle third: The Tide worked around a Jake Smith throwing error to keep the shutout alive, 3-0 Alabama after 2 1/2.

End second: Andrew Miller’s 2-RBI double to the left field put the Tide up 3-0 before he was doubled off on a Brock Bennett line drive hit right to the second baseman.

Middle second: Three up, three down in the Florida half of the second. Still 1-0 Tide.

End first: Josh Rutledge scores on a Ross Wilson SAC fly to take a 1-0 lead. Rutledge reached on infield single, then advances to third on a pick-off attempt throwing error.

Middle first: Tide pitcher Adam Morgan puts the Gator batters down in order — the first two by strike out. The score: 0-0 heading into the bottom of the first. Remember, all games Saturday will last just seven innings because of weather delays.

Alabama/Ole Miss live blog: Tide wins


From sneaking into the field to a semifinalist, Alabama took care of Ole Miss behind a second straight pitching gem and a little small ball.

Nathan Kilcrease almost threw his third straight complete game and the Tide’s second of the tournament after Jimmy Nelson’s outing Wednesday against Auburn. He was pulled for Jake Smith with one out in the ninth after Ole Miss brought the tying run to the plate.

Alabama gets the winner of the Florida/Vanderbilt game on Saturday.

Read more later.

Middle ninth: It looks like Kilcrease will get an opportunity to close it out himself after the Tide goes down in order in the top half of the last inning.

End eighth: Miles Hamblin’s lead-off, solo homer made it 6-2 after it rocketed over the right field wall but Kilcrease battles back and gets third out with a swinging K. Tide takes four-run lead to ninth.

Middle eighth: Josh Rutledge single scores Brock Bennett who moved to second on a balk after a bloop single to put Alabama up 5-1 and a Clay Jones single plates Rutledge to take a 6-1 advantage.

End seventh: Ole Miss isn’t going down quietly. Matt Smith ended Kilcrease’s streak at 17 straight retired with a double to right. David Philips then drove him home with a single to right. Alabama still leads 4-1 with two innings left.

Middle seventh: Ross Wilson got his third hit to lead off and later scores on a Jake Smith sacrifice fly to center. Another play at the plate, another Tide runner slide in safely to make it 4-0 Tide.

End sixth: Kilcrease got the put-out on to end the inning with 16 straight outs. Alabama comes back to the plate with its 3-0 lead in tact.

Middle sixth: The Tide scores two more. Jon Kelton triple to right scores David Kindred who led off with an infield single. Then an Andrew Miller squeeze scores Kelton in a wild inning. It’s now 3-0 Tide.

End fifth: Another inning without a base runner keeps Alabama ahead 1-0. Kilcrease has retired 13 straight now.

Middle fifth: We finally have a score. Taylor Dugas slid past the tag at home on a Josh Rutledge single. Dugas walked again and stole second in spite of pitch out to put himself in position. Clay Jones stranded two with a fielder’s choice to end inning. Your score: 1-0 Alabama.

End fourth: Ole Miss goes down in order again. The score: 0-0. Alabama’s Kilcrease has now retired 10 straight.

Middle fourth: Ross Wilson led off by slapping a double down the left field line, followed by a Clay Jones walk to put runners on first and second. Kindred failed to get a bunt down, then popped out. Jake Smith struck out swinging and Jon Kelton grounded into a fielders’ choice. Long story short, still 0-0 in Regions Park.

End third: A quick 1-2-3 half inning, keeps nobody in the lead, 0-0 with Alabama’s 3-4-5 batters coming up.

Middle third: Andrew Miller came just feet from a home run. Instead it was a long foul to the right side followed by a ground out to first. Brock Bennett legged out an infield single. Taylor Dugas followed by a walk that extended his streak of games in which he’s reached base to 46 straight, but Josh Rutledge struck out to strand both and keep the score at 0-0. Who will blink first? Stay tuned.

End second: Miles Hamblin just struck out to end the inning, 0-0. There was a brief delay when the home plate umpire took a baseball to the throat after the pitch hit the dirt. He appears to be alright now.

Middle second: David Kindred hit into a double play to waste a Clay Jones lead-off single and a Jake Smith strike out keeps the shutout in tact. 0-0.

End first: A pair of two-out singles for Ole Miss were wasted by a grounder to second that ends the first. Still 0-0 in a very pro-Alabama Regions Park. Another pitchers’ dual? We will see.

Middle first: Ross Wilson nailed trying to steal second ends the top of the first with no damage for Ole Miss. 0-0.

Baseball Iron Bowl: SEC baseball style

Final: Alabama 7, Auburn 1: The Tide advances to Thursday’s 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal to meet either Ole Miss or South Carolina. This was surprising both in score and outcome as Auburn came in hotter than any team in the tournament and the West Division champions.

Middle ninth: A bases-loaded walk scored Brock Bennett and a David Kindred single added two more to leave the stunned Auburn crowd trailing 7-1 heading into the final at-bats.

End eighth: Auburn leaves runner at second as Alabama holds 4-1 lead heading into the final frame.

Middle eighth: Clay Jones doubled to right and Jake Smith did the same to left to make the score 4-1 Alabama.

End seventh: A strike out ended the inning one pitch after Bennett nailed Casey McElroy trying to steal second. Alabama fans are excited.

Middle seventh: A Taylor Dugas triple off the right field wall fooled the outfielder and scored Brock Bennett from second. It’s now 3-1 Alabama with “Take me out to the ball game” playing.

End sixth: Auburn strands a runner after a two-out error to keep the score 2-1 Alabama with three innings remaining. Shortstop Josh Rutledge fired up the Bama crowd with leaping catch on a well-hit line drive.

Middle sixth: Two strike outs, no hits as Alabama goes down in order. 2-1 Tide remains your score.

End fifth: Still 2-1 Alabama after a 1-2-3 fifth inning. Pitcher Jimmy Nelson has limited the SEC’s best hitting team to three hits through five and struck out four. The game is moving right along, not sure if it has anything to do with the pitch clock, but it’s worth noting.

Middle fifth: Taylor Dugas led off with a bunt single that extended his streak to 45 straight games in which he’s reached base. A double play took him back off the bases and a Ross Wilson fly out ended the half inning with Alabama still leading 2-1.

End fourth: Still 2-1 Tide after Tigers posted no hit. no runs, no one left on base. Word is traffic still snarled on roads leading into Regions Park.

Middle fourth: Alabama takes a 2-1 lead after Andrew Miller made up for his previous strike out with a 2-run single through the right side with the bases loaded. Auburn has some movement in its bullpen.

End third: Auburn takes a 1-0 lead after Dan Gamache’s double, a sacrifice bunt and squeeze scored him from third. Crowd has energy, more so on the Auburn side at this point.

Finally made it to the game. It’s 0-0 going to the bottom of the second after Alabama’s Andrew Miller struck out with runners on second and third in the top half of the inning.

Here is a look at the crowd, first with the Auburn side, followed by the Alabama side.

Come back in the morning

The 9:30 a.m. first pitch for Wednesday’s SEC baseball tournament opener between Alabama and Auburn creates issues for many of you out there. The game is on T.V., but many of you will be stuck at work.

For that, I’m sorry.

But, I’m also here to present a solution.

I promise to provide as many updates right here, on the Bama Blog, as allowed by the SEC credentialing policies. They tend to be touchy about people providing too many and it wouldn’t do either of us any good if I got tossed for updating too frequently.

See ya in the morning.

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LIVE: Basketball vs. Mississippi State

FINAL: Alabama 62, Mississippi State 57

Alabama now leads 53-48 after a quick 7-0 response. This should be a good ending.

How quickly things change. Mississippi State leads 48-46 after going on a 14-0 run.

Alabama now leads 44-34 as it reversed its recent trend of blowing second half leads. At least for now. A 15-4 run has the biggest home crowd of the season rocking. Will it last? Stay tuned.

Alabama leads 35-34 as things get tighter. The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game early in the half, but the Tide answered back. Mississippi State switched to a zone late in the first, forcing more jump shots. Mikhail Torrance and Anthony Brock both knocked down 3-pointers early in the half


Halftime: Alabama leads 27-26, but the familiar storyline is playing out just as it has in the previous Tide losses. It hasn’t taken advantage of the breaks it received (poor MSU shooting) and allowed the visitor to catch up my making just one field goal in the final 7:30 of the half.

5:11: Alabama still leads 24-17, but the Bulldogs are showing a little more life. Their shooting percentage is up to 24 percent (6-for-25).

Alabama leads 16-6 as Mississippi State is shooting 2-for-14 from the field. That’s 14.3 percent if you’re not in the mood for your own math.

Alabama leads 12-4 in a familiar situation. Big runs highlighted the beginning of the last two home losses. Mikhail Torrance scored 8 of the first 12 with a pair of 3-pointers. We’ll see if the Crimson Tide can hang on this time.