BY NICK TAYLOR
Kent Mathes blasted two solo home runs but it wasn't enough to propel the tide to victory as The Alabama baseball team lost their opening series of the season after dropping an 8-4 decision to the redhawks of SouthEast Missouri state at Sewell-Thomas stadium sunday afternoon. SEMO catcher Jim Klocke went 2-for-5 with four RBI to help the redhawks soar to a series win against the tide. Klocke also came in to pitch the final two innings to collect the save and preserve the win for his team.
The day started out promising for the tide as freshman phenom Adam Morgan was practically unhittable as he only allowed a total of two hits in the games first five innings of play. Morgan would only retire one batter in the sixth inning while allowing three runs which at the time knoted the score at 3-3. The Redhawks scored four runs in the top of the seventh to take a 7-4 lead. Klocke was again in the middle of the rally with a go-ahead, two-out, two-run triple . Cummings capped the innings with a two-run home run off Adam Scott to give Southeast Missouri State a three-run lead,after Kent Mathes hit his second home run to help bama regain a 4-3 lead the inning before.
ALabama will play a two game midweek series against the colornels of Nicholls state starting at 6:30P.M. on Tuesday, game two of the series will start at 4:00 P.M. on Wesnesday as part of a UA sports doubleheader that will be followed by a 7 o'clock tip-off @ Coleman Coliseum as men's basketball battles Arkansas.
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