Bama Bombs MSU, 12-2

Scott McClanahan hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Adam Pavkovich was 3-for-3 to lead Alabama to a 12-2 first-round victory over Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference tournament Wednesday. The Crimson Tide (45-12) meet Florida on Thursday while the Bulldogs play Georgia in an elimination game. The game was called in the eighth inning under the 10-run rule. Pavkovich scored three runs and drove in two with a pair of doubles to pace Alabama's 18-hit attack. Brent Boyd was 3-for-5, also scoring three times. Taylor Tankersley (8-4) allowed two runs in 7-1/3 innings despite walking six batters and giving up nine hits. Mississippi State (33-23), which won last year's tournament behind dominant pitching, used three pitchers and none of them lasted three innings. Starter Tanner Brock (7-5) allowed six hits and seven runs in 2 1-3 innings. Robby Goodson drove in both runs for the Bulldogs. The Tide showed no signs of the offensive doldrums from last weekend's three-game sweep by LSU, when they totaled just six runs. The seventh-seeded Bulldogs had their five-game winning streak snapped.