Tide, Tigers surge into SEC tournament

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama and Auburn are streaking into
their first-round Southeastern Conference tournament matchup.

They'll open the tournament Wednesday morning at Hoover's
Regions Park.

The Tigers have won six straight games to secure their first SEC
West title in 15 years. The Crimson Tide earned a berth in the
field with a five-game win streak.

For Alabama, the key was starting pitchers Jimmy Nelson and
Nathan Kilcrease along with the league's most airtight defense.
Nelson and Kilcrease have both gone nine innings in each of their
last two starts.

Auburn has ridden the league's top offense to a No. 2 seed
behind Florida. The Tigers have scored 70 runs during their
six-game win streak.

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