Tate highlights 6-run inning, Alabama tops South Carolina


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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Jackson Tate hit a three-run homer, capping a six-run third inning, and No. 10 Alabama eased by No. 7 South Carolina 9-3 in the first round of the SEC Tournament. Alabama will play No. 2 seed Tennessee on Wednesday. South Carolina was knocked out of the tournament. Alabama starter Tyler Ras (7-4) struck out four in six innings while allowing three runs. Tate ended the game with a diving catch in left, giving Brock Guffey his second save of the season. Alabama second baseman Peyton Wilson was 3 for 5 with two doubles, and Owen Diodati and Sam Praytor each had two RBIs. South Carolina DH Wes Clarke hit his NCAA-leading 22nd homer of the season.

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