Alabama Baseball Falls To Georgia

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – The Alabama baseball team could not overcome a four-run first inning by Georgia, losing to the Bulldogs 6-3 on Wednesday night from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga. The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Crimson Tide, which is now 8-5 on the year. Georgia improves to 5-8 overall.

Although Alabama and Georgia are Southeastern Conference teams, the Wednesday game was an exhibition contest and does not count in SEC standings.

Alabama collected eight hits off three different pitchers for the Bulldogs. Senior designated hitter David Kindred was one of two players with more than one hit, as he finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Senior catcher Brock Bennett was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Tide starting pitcher Taylor Wolfe took the loss, dropping to 1-1 this season. Wolfe lasted 4.0 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts before giving way to Charley Sullivan for the fifth inning. Sullivan finished the game for Alabama, throwing 4.0 innings and not allowing a run on three hits with one strikeout.

Georgia knocked it around for 11 hits, as the first three hitters in the order were 8-for-14 with four runs scored and three runs batted in. Leadoff hitter Kurt Powell was 4-for-5 with two runs scored, Levi Hyams was 2-for-5 and center fielder Zach Cone was 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Georgia took a 5-0 lead early, scoring four times in the first inning and adding an unearned run in the second inning off Wolfe. The Bulldogs added another run in the fourth inning after putting together three consecutive hits after Wolfe retired the first two batters of the inning, taking a 6-0 lead.

The Crimson Tide got on the board in the fifth inning when an RBI single by Brock Bennett drove in Andrew Miller, who was hit by a pitch, from second base. A single through the left side by Jared Reaves loaded the bases, and David Kindred's second hit of the game, a single up the middle scored Taylor Dugas and Bennett to cut the Bulldogs' lead to 6-3.

Alabama returns to action on Friday, March 11 with the first game of a three-game series against the Eastern Illinois Panthers. First pitch is scheduled for 6:06 p.m. from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Game two of the series is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. on Saturday, and the series finale will start at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.


*Junior center fielder Taylor Dugas led off Wednesday's game with hit by pitch and has now reached base 9-of-13 times to lead off a game this season.

*Dugas scored a run in the fifth inning, and has now scored in 12-of-13 games this season, seven of which have come in the first inning alone.

*Andrew Miller was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning for a team-high fifth time this season. He has been hit by a pitch five times in the last three games.

*David Kindred was 2-for-4, notching his fifth multiple hit game in 10 starts as the designated hitter.

*Brock Bennett was 2-for-3 in the game and is now hitting .371 this season.

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