Alabama baseball beats No. 1 Tennessee and ends a historic SEC triumphant streak

Alabama baseball beats No. 1 Tennessee and ends a historic SEC triumphant streak ...

Alabama's baseball winning streak has just rekindled.

The Vols were the first SEC program to ever begin conference play with 12 straight wins, but it would not win 13 after Friday night.

Tennessee Tech ended its 23-game winning streak after putting the game down.

The first game of the series with Texas A&M in Alabama hasn't lost since April 1. It claimed the next two games against the Aggies, midweek games against Samford and Belmont, with a sweep at No. 7 Ole Miss last week. It was the program's first sweep in Oxford since 1997.

On Friday night, the top-ranked Tennessee in Knoxville topped it.

Alabama responded with solo homers in the second, third, and fourth innings, with two from Owen Diodati and another from Jim Jarvis. The Tide added two additional players in the fourth to lead the game to the fifth.

Garrett McMillian, who played with five strikeouts in five 1/3 innings, has scored seven hits with five walks.

The Vols received a run back in the sixth, but Drew Williamson's triple in the ninth allowed Dominic Tamez to secure the 6-3 victory. Dylan Ray received his fourth save in a 2/3 inning of work.

This was the second season Alabama's dropped a top-ranked team. It beat Arkansas 16-1 in the series opener in Fayetteville last year before dropping the next two games.

Saturday, the Alabama-Tennessee series resumes at 5 p.m.

Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter or on Twitter.

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