KNOXVILLE (WATE)- The No. 8 Crimson Tide jumped out to an 8-0 lead through five innings. The No. 29 Vols rallied five runs but weren't able to pull out the win. Tennessee fell to Alabama 8-5.
Junior Will Maddox started the late rally for the Vols (24-12, 6-10) with a solo home run to right center to lead off the sixth inning, cutting the lead to 8-1. It was just the second hit of the game for UT, both coming off the bat of the Gainesville, Ga., native.
Tennessee scored three more runs on three hits in the seventh, trimming the Crimson Tide's (27-11, 11-5) advantage to 8-4 and keeping the momentum going. Freshman Nathaniel Maggio drew a one-out walk and catcher Tyler Schultz was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Vincent Jackson delivered the first hit, doubling down the left field line to drive in Maggio. It was only the third RBI in the last 12 games for the sophomore.
Following a Maddox groundout back to the pitcher, A.J. Simcox drove in his seventh run of the season with an infield single and Christin Stewart delivered a two-out line drive RBI single through the right side to bring home Jackson and cut the deficit to four.
The Vols looked like they would continue the spark in the eighth inning, loading the bases with just one out. However, UT could only manage to plate one run off a pinch-hit sac fly by Derek Lance as Alabama closer Thomas Burrows closed the door with a five-out save, his seventh of the season.