Auburn 7, Alabama 1
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Jimmy Nelson pitched his third consecutive complete game to lead Alabama past Auburn 7-1 in the opening game of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Wednesday.
Nelson (8-2) limited the league's top offense to a season-low five hits for the Crimson Tide (35-21). He had five strikeouts and no walks.
Alabama will face the Mississippi-South Carolina winner on Thursday. Auburn (39-18), which is the No. 2 seed as the Western Division champion, plays the loser in an elimination game.
All of Alabama's runs came with two outs.
David Kindred and Andrew Miller each had two RBIs for the Tide. Auburn had single hits from five players, while SEC player of the year Hunter Morris went 0-for-4.
The Tigers' only run came on a sacrifice bunt by Justin Fradejas in the third to score Dan Gamache for a 1-0 lead.
Ole Miss 3, South Carolina 0
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Drew Pomeranz pitched seven shutout innings and Miles Hamblin hit a two-run homer to lift Mississippi to a 3-0 win over South Carolina on Wednesday in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The sixth-seeded Rebels (37-20) snapped a five-game losing streak and advanced to face Alabama. The No. 3 Gamecocks (43-13) try to stay alive against Auburn in the double-elimination tournament.
Pomeranz (8-2), the SEC pitcher of the year, allowed six hits while striking out seven and walking one. Brett Huber gave up one hit in the final two innings to complete the shutout and earn his 11th save.
Hamblin supplied all the offense Ole Miss needed with a two-run homer over the right-field fence in the third inning. Taylor Hashman went 2-for-3 with an RBI single.
Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Walker had two hits apiece for South Carolina.
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