HOOVER, Ala. -- Alabama and Georgia engaged in a back-and-forth affair Friday at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. In the end, the Crimson Tide outlasted the Bulldogs 7-6 in 11 innings.
There were four lead changes and two ties. But Alabama's Mikey White finally brought the contest to a close with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 11th. Georgia (19-16, 5-8 SEC) put a run on the board in the ninth inning to tie the contest at 4-4 and send it into extra innings. The Bulldogs then edged ahead 6-4 after scoring a pair of runs in the 10th frame. But the Crimson Tide (17-15, 5-8) responded, notching three runs in the final two innings to finally put the visitors away.
Mitch Greer (1-1) was credited with the win for Alabama after pitching an inning and a third and allowing no runs. Georgia closer Jared Cheek (2-2) took the loss, giving up three runs (all earned) and five hits in one inning of work.
The second game of the series is set for Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET.