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Pinckney powers Tide to 4-0 SEC Tourney win over Kentucky


Alabama's Andrew Pinckney celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run in the Tide's 4-0 SEC Tournament win over Kentucky Tuesday night. (Chris McCulley-ABC 33/40){p}{/p}
Alabama's Andrew Pinckney celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run in the Tide's 4-0 SEC Tournament win over Kentucky Tuesday night. (Chris McCulley-ABC 33/40)

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Alabama's hot streak continues.

And so does Andrew Pinckney's hot streak.

The Tide right fielder, who Monday was named Co-SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, showed off plenty of athleticism in the Tide's 4-0 win over Kentucky on Single Elimination Tuesday. The win put the Tide into the double elimination phase of the tournament and a meeting with top-seeded Florida Wednesday at 4:30. The Wildcats head home and await Selection Monday.

Pinckney turned in two defensive gems. In the second inning with the game scoreless, Pinckney fired a laser of a throw from right field to home plate to nail a Kentucky runner trying to score at the plate. It was a big league play by the redshirt junior who's turned himself into a big league prospect.

"Tie game. One out, you know, so the opportunity's there," Pinckney said. "So I'm hoping that the ball hits me in the air, really. Because I think I can put it on the money pretty much anytime. So it came up to me. I just tried to get behind it and I gave it to him in the air and he made a good tag."

In the top of the fourth inning, Pinckney hit an opposite-field two-run homer that gave the Tide a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth he made a sliding catch in foul territory to record another highlight reel out.

Another star was Tide lefty Hunter Furtado, who threw five scoreless innings to get the win. The sophomore Furtado (1-1) put together his most impressive outing in the crimson and white. He gave up only two hits and two walks to go with a pair of strikeouts. He turned the ball over to Kade Woods, who contributed 2.0 innings, with Alton Davis II closing out the final 2.0 frames for the shutout victory.

The win improves the Tide to 39-17 and further increases their chances to be a top 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament and host a regional. Alabama is 9-2 since head coach Brad Bohannon got fired May 4.

"Every week we're just showing up and just trying to go 1-0 today," Tide interim head coach Jason Jackson said. "Let's make sure we take it one day at a time, one game at a time."

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"We're not worried about adversity or anything," Pinckney said. "We're just playing with no pressure, playing for the guy beside us and taking everything one pitch at a time. When you do that and play as a team, good things happen. "


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