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.
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