, Alabama (PressExposure) June 22, 2009 -- The Alabama Crimson Tide clinched the series against Tennessee with a 6-1 win on April 4th giving coach Jim Wells his 800th win.
"The main thing to me is that we won this game," Wells said.
Sophomore Del Howell held Tennessee to one run and five hits, adding one strikeout each inning for a total of 13 in seven innings, in front of a season high attendance of 4,598 at the Sewell-Thomas stadium.
"He pitched very well. He attacked the zone and went right at them," Wells said. "He didn't try and do anything fancy. He went right at them with a couple of pitches and got ahead in the count. In the times he did fall behind, he came back and made something happen. It was an outstanding performance."
Howell recorded his second highest strikeout in a game and his third win of the season.
"My slider was good," Howell said. "I threw mainly fastballs and sliders and threw them for strikes. I thought things worked pretty well for me today."
Ross Wilson scored a home run in the first inning for his seventh homer of the season adding to his seven game hitting streak. Wilson has homered in five of his last six Southeastern conference games, breaking a school record 59 points in 29 games set by the Tides 1997 team. The 1997 team ended the season with 160 homers.
Alabama leads the SEC with 60 home runs.
At the bottom of the frame, Rutledge scored on an RBI double down left field by Matthes. Jake Smith hit an RBI single to send Matthes and Wilson over the plate, bringing the lead to 3-0.
Howell struck out Jeff Lockwood at the top of the fifth while Tyler Horne singled to left field. Grisham hit into a double play, and Horne was put out. Nick Hernandez, starting pitcher for Tennessee, was replaced by Danny Wiltz. Brandon May scored on Clay Jones' single up the middle, cushioning the lead for the Tide at 5-0 in the fifth.
Horne scored and RBI single at the top of the seventh, breaking Alabama's six inning shutout.
The Tides scored six runs on 10 hits and a final run at the bottom of the eighth by Taylor Dugas brought the final to 6-1, bringing his hitting streak to 19 games.
Nathan Kilgrease finished with two scoreless innings adding two strikeouts for 15 for the game.
Tennessee's Nick Hernandez allowed five runs on nine hits, striking out six and walking three.
"It was a team win," Wells said. "We didn't have to win 15-11. We hadn't had too many of those. More than just the win was the way we won. Hopefully that will give us confidence."