Alabama tops UCF 5-3 in NCAA regional play

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Nathan Kilcrease tied a career high with 10 strikeouts, leading Alabama past Central Florida 5-3 in the Tallahassee regional of the NCAA baseball tournament Friday.
Kilcrease (8-4), a senior right-hander appearing in his fourth NCAA regional, pitched seven innings and walked four -- one forcing in a run with the bases loaded in the fourth. The only other run he gave up was a homer by Ronnie Richardson in the seventh.
Austen Smith led the Crimson Tide (34-26) with two RBIs, including a home run in the top of the seventh.
Brian Adkins (6-5) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings in the loss for Central Florida (38-22).