Tide get on board early in elimination game
The No. 2-seeded Crimson Tide opened the second with three straight singles, including first baseman Clay Jones' run-scoring hit to right.
Alabama might have done more damage, but designated hitter Del Howell bounced into a double play to end the threat. Howell, who is also a starting pitcher for the Tide, was sidelined for much of the season because of mono. He had appeared at the plate only once since April 15, drawing a bases-loaded walk in a 9-6 loss to LSU in last week's SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala.