Bama pitcher Jimmy Nelson racked seven strikeouts to tame the Tigers in the first game of the 2010 SEC Baseball Tournament in front of an overflow crowd at Regions Park today.
The Tigers took an early 1-0 lead but could muster no more as Nelson pitched his third straight complete game. A 3 run 9th inning finished the deal for the Tide, sending the orange and blue faithful back to their tractors.
Auburn entered the game as the regular season SEC Western Division winner, batting a red hot .354 on the season with 114 home runs (which lead the nation). At one point this season, Abarn rolled 41 home runs in a 15 game stretch.
Polytech’s appearance in this year’s tournament is their first since 2003. Before today’s victory, Alabama had lost five straight first round games dating back to the same year. The two teams had split their regular season games 2-2, with Bama taking the conference series 2-1 in Tuscaloosa and Abarn winning a non-conference match-up in Montgomery.
Bama will now face the winner of the South Carolina v. Ole Miss game tomorrow afternoon at 4:30pm. As for Abarn, they find themselves in the loser’s bracket, facing the loser of the same game.
But since the game was close for most of the game, Abarn was able to rack another ever so important moral victory for their trophy case. Said one Tiger fan leaving the stadium: “Just gettin’ here agin wuz good enough; ya know it?!? I can wore my overhauls with pride!!”