TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Falling behind 3-0 after one full frame, Alabama baseball rallied to score seven unanswered runs for the 7-3 win over Tennessee on Friday evening in front of a sold-out crowd at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The win was the Crimson Tide's first SEC victory inside the new "Joe" and improves the team's record to 14-7 overall, 3-1 in conference play.
Tennessee jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after one, using a two-run home run and a double to plate three off Crimson Tide starter Geoffrey Bramblett (3-0). Bramblett would rally to shut down the Volunteer offense across the next 5.1 innings. After giving up three hits in the first, the junior allowed just five more hits the rest of the game. The righty finished with six punchouts and did not walk a batter to improve his record to 4-0 for his career when not allowing a free pass.
The Tide offense was highlighted by a two-run third, a four-run fifth and a single tally in the eighth. Alabama's fifth started when a one-out hit-by-pitch was followed by a Connor Short double to left center to even the score at 3-3. Chance Vincent delivered one out later, sending a double to center with the bases loaded to provide the Crimson Tide all the runs it would need. Vincent finished the night 3-for-4 with a team-high three RBI.
Freshman reliever Dylan Duarte followed Bramblett, working the final 2.2 innings and allowing only one hit while striking out a pair to earn his first save of his career.
Alabama and Tennessee will meet for a pair of games on Saturday to close out the series. The first game of the doubleheader will begin at 2 p.m. CT with the final game of the series following at 8 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.