Alabama Baseball Falls To FSU
The Alabama loss in Saturday's winner's bracket game against number six seed Florida State means an early start on Sunday for Bama. Combined with a late start to Saturday's game at Dick Howser Stadium because of a lightning delay in an earlier game, there is not much turn-around time.
Alabama, the third seed in the regional, returns to play at 11 a.m. CDT Sunday against second seed Central Florida. UCF defeated Bethune-Cookman 16-5 in the earlier Saturday elimination game. Bama defeated UCF 5-3 in the opening game of the regional on Friday.
Jonathan Smart is expected to get the start for Alabama Sunday.
Alabama is now 34-27 on the season.
Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard said, "Have to tip our hats to Florida State, I thought they played extremely well tonight. I thought our group competed really hard. We had really good energy particularly in the front half of the game and offensively we were really good. I thought we were on the barrel for most of the night against a tremendous left hander in (Sean) Gilmartin. They had a good offensive approach, I thought it was a game where both teams competed really well all night and they were able to have the big inning in the sixth and we had a tough time recovering from that."
Alabama roughed up Florida State starter Sean Gilmartin for 12 hits and five earned runs, the most allowed by the All-America this season. Gilmartin (12-1) got the win, throwing seven innings with two walks and six strikeouts. Eight of the nine players in the UA starting lineup had at least one hit as Brock Bennett, Jared Reaves, Josh Rosecrans and Brett Booth has two hits each. Rosecrans was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a walk.
Florida State answered with nine runs on 13 hits as James Ramsey led the way with a 4-for-5 night, including four RBI and a run scored. Devon Travis was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Rafael Lopez was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Gaspard was asked about the Tide getting five runs, but not able to get the win.
"That's really been the formula for us," he said. "About five runs usually does the trick. We had a different way of getting them tonight, found more barrels tonight but got them in a hurry. I thought the key was Gilmartin when he started pitching on the inner half of the plate. Our approach was to stay back through the middle the other way and when he changed it up it kind of shut us down for a little."
Alabama starting pitcher Adam Morgan (5-7) took the loss, throwing five and two-thirds innings, allowing eight runs on 11 hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
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