Slow start for UA continues

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama lost to Florida Atlantic 9-2 in a rain-soaked game on Saturday, dropping the Tide in a 2-0 hole to start the year.

Charley Sullivan (0-1) started the game for the Tide, throwing four innings of four-run baseball. The junior, who appeared in 16 games with two starts last season, allowed six hits and struck out two. Freshman right-hander Spencer Turnbull pitched three innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs. Jon Keller and Brandt Hendricks threw the final 2 innings.

Alabama scored in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from freshman Cameron Carlisle. It was the first career hit of for the Tuscaloosa native who started at designated hitter. Kenny Roberts added another run, singling in Taylor Dugas who led off the bottom of the eighth with a stand-up triple. The one through five batters in the lineup combined for eight hits against Owls starting pitcher Jake Meiers. Batters six through nine were a combined 0 for 16.

Meiers (1-0) scattered seven hits over six innings, surrendering just one earned run.

Sunday's series finale set for noon CT. Freshman left-hander Justin Kamplain will start for Alabama.