Alabama tops Ole Miss 6-3 in SEC tourney

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) Nathan Kilcrease retired 17 consecutive
batters in leading Alabama to a 6-3 victory over Mississippi in the
second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday.

Kilcrease (6-2) set down the Rebels in order in the second
through sixth innings, including a three-inning span where he threw
a total of 17 pitches.

Ole Miss rallied late and had the potential tying run at the
plate with one out in the ninth, but Jake Smith replaced Kilcrease
and got the final two outs.

Brock Bennett and Ross Wilson each produced three hits for the
Tide (36-21) and Josh Rutledge had two RBIs.

Alabama snapped a scoreless tie with a run in the fifth off
Aaron Barrett (7-4).

The Rebels (37-21) broke through in the seventh with David
Phillips' RBI single. Miles Hamblin hit his fifth homer of the
season in the eighth.

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