TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Alabama junior left-hander Taylor Guilbeau, who hadn't pitched more than three innings in a game all season, scattered five hits in his first career complete game as the Crimson Tide topped Kennesaw State 4-1 on Sunday.<br />
Alabama (37-23) won its third straight elimination game to set up another matchup Monday against Kennesaw State (39-22), with the winner advancing to the super regionals.<br />
Kennesaw State's nine-game winning streak ended.<br />
With some from Kennesaw State's defense, Alabama grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Ben Moore scored from third base on a fielder's choice when third baseman Matt Bahnick passed up getting Moore at the plate to instead try for an inning-ending double play. But Bahnick's throw was dropped at second and Alabama was up 1-0 with two runners on. Casey Houghston laced a two-out liner off left fielder Jacob Bruce's glove, driving a pair of unearned runs.
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Lane Kiffin was modest in his goals and complimentary about the team he'll be facing in the Sugar Bowl. He went on and on about how much he's learned from Nick Saban, while insisting it's no big deal when his boss yells at him. Very un-Kiffin-like, you might say.
A sixth-inning grand slam by Matt Tuiasosopo spoiled an otherwise impressive performance by right-handed starter Mike Foltynewicz, as he and the Gwinnett Braves fell 5-1 to the Charlotte Knights on Saturday night. A season-high 9,788 fans packed Coolray Field for the Independence Day game.