-- 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
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,
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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