Alabama hadn't swept a three-game baseball series from Tennessee in 100

-- until Sunday, that is.

The sixth-ranked Crimson Tide knocked off the No. 20 Volunteers 9-6 on

Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to complete Alabama's first sweep of the Vols

since 1898 and only its third in the 101-year series history.

Jeff Pickler, hitting leadoff for Tennessee, extended his hitting streak

to 19 games with his 22nd double of the season. However, he was one of the

lone bright spots as the Vols fell behind early once again.

The Tide got to UT starter Justin Ross for four runs in the first and

added a run in both the second and third to take a 6-0 lead.

The Vols (26-14, 7-11 Southeastern Conference) pulled to within 6-4 in

the seventh and were aided by Josh Morris' sixth homer of the season.

But Paul Phillips hit his 11th home run, along with a single and a triple,

to help the Tide salt away the victory that improved them to 30-7 overall,

Golfers finish 11th

Tennessee fired a final-round 304, a five-stroke improvement over the

Vols' second-round score, but the mark wasn't enough to push UT up the leader

board. The Vols finished the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate in Opelika,

Ala., Sunday in 11th place at par 72, 6,689 Saugahatchee Country Club. Tennessee

carded rounds of 300-309-304--913 to finish the final tournament before

the Southeastern Conference Championships.

Georgia dominated the tournament from start to finish. The Bulldogs finished

with rounds of 278-280-286--844 to finish 20-under par and 18 strokes ahead

of runner-up and host Auburn (862).

Individually, Georgia's Michael Morrison also led from wire to wire.

Morrison won the tournament with rounds of 67-69-69--205 to finish 11-under

par, five strokes ahead of second-place George McNeill of Florida State

(210).

Freshman Phanthep Somsamart led the Tennessee contingent with a 74-77-74--225,

nine-over par, to finish tied for 29th. Freshman Matt McWilliams tied for

40th with a score of 73-78-76--227. Junior Kevin Law tied for 47th with

rounds of 77-75-78--230. Freshman Kariem Baraka posted a 76-79-79--234 to

tie for 52nd. Sophomore Derrick Centers wrapped up Vol scoring with a 54th-place,

79-80-76--235-stroke finish.

The Vols conclude the 1997-98 season next weekend at the SEC Championships

at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. The competition

consists of three rounds played Friday-Sunday.

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