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Hail Storm Delays Tennessee-Alabama



March 31, 2012

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Following a delay of one hour and 48 minutes which started because of a lightning strike in the area and turned into a strong hail storm, Saturday's contest between Tennessee and Alabama has been postponed until Sunday with the Volunteers leading 4-2 with one out in the bottom of the sixth.

Saturday's contest will resume at noon on Sunday. The series finale will be a seven-inning affair, starting no earlier than 2 p.m.

Through the first six frames, UT's Davis Morgan is 3-for-3 with an RBI while Chris Pierce has driven in a pair of runs.

Just like Friday night, Alabama started the scoring with a solo home run by Brett Booth and an RBI groundout from Jared Reaves putting the Tide up 2-0.

The Big Orange had a big answer once again, dropping a four-spot in a frame for the third time in two days in the bottom of the fourth. Zach Luther drew a four-pitch leadoff walk and came home to score just two batters later when Morgan drove a 3-1 pitch to the wall in left-center for a double.

Jared Allen was then hit by a pitch before a single to center by Chris Fritts loaded the bases, setting up a two-run single to left by Pierce. The Vols then tacked on another run when Zach Osborne lifted a sac fly to center.

Alabama threatened to cut into the UT advantage or even gain the lead outright when it loaded the bases with just one out in the top of the fifth thanks to a hit batter and back-to-back walks. The Vols called on Drew Steckenrider out of the bullpen and he delivered, inducing a 4-6-3 double play to escape the jam unscathed.

Morgan singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Following a flyout, a lightning strike within close vicinity of the stadium forced a delay. It appeared the weather had passed and the tarp was being pulled when another lightning strike prompted another delay. A short time later, a strong hail storm and heavy rain forced the officials to postpone the contest.

The series finale between Tennessee and Alabama will start no earlier than 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Vols will send sophomore right-hander Nick Williams (2-2, 1.71) to the mound while the Crimson Tide will go with southpaw Jon Keller (0-0, 3.18). Fans with tickets to Saturday's contest can bring them to the ticket office and exchange them for new tickets to Sunday's modified doubleheader.

For the most up-to-date information about the Tennessee baseball program, visit UTSports.com/baseball and follow @Vol_Baseball on Twitter. To purchase tickets, visit UTTix.com.

 

 

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