Just goes that great pitching will take you a long way. So will timely hitting. Auburn hitting as a team .354 heading into game tops in the SEC along with 114 homers, also tops in the league. Jimmy Nelson scattered five hits, allowed one run, walked no one and struck out six in a complete game performance. He was amazing.
Taylor Dugas (2 hits), had an RBI, Clay Jones had a hit and an RBI, David Kindred had a hit and two RBIs and Jake Smith had a hit and two RBIs. Auburn could just never get anything going offensively off the dominant Nelson.
Cory Luckie was the losing pitcher for Auburn allowing six hits, three runs with only one earned in 6 and 2/3 innings.
Alabama plays the winner of South Carolina-Ole Miss tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised by CSS. Nathan Kilcrease will go for the Tide tomorrow on the mound. Jimmy Nelson was something special today.
AU plays the loser of Ole Miss-USC tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. The game will be televised by CSS.
Great crowd at the Met. Could have been 15,000 there. Don't have that figure.
Only complaints were the traffic was miserable getting out there. I left at 9 a.m. and got there at 10:30 in the fifth inning. And the scoreboard didn't flash avg., homers or RBIs for players batting. Clocked the speed of the pitches which was great. It was very hot, too. But that's just late May in Birmingham. Still great experience.
Alabama looking very good. If their starting pitching can go pretty deep they have a very good shot at winning this. Should be good tomorrow with Kilcrease on the mound.
(Jimmy Nelson photo above).