Bama Baseball Has Another Bad Day
"We were outplayed in every area of the game," Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard said. "Florida Atlantic has played really well for the first two games, and I thought we were sloppy today. We have to regroup, get back together, and get our offense rolling, because that's what really provides energy for you."
Senior centerfield Taylor Dugas led the Tide offensively, going 3-for-3 with a double and a triple while scoring both of the Alabama runs. Senior shortstop Jared Reaves went 2-for-4, while junior second baseman Kenny Roberts went 2-for-4 with a run batted in.
Alabama junior right-hander Charley Sullivan (0-1) took the loss in his first start of the season. Sullivan threw four innings, allowed four runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
After Florida Atlantic opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first inning for starter Jake Meiers (1-0), the Tide answered in the bottom half. Dugas led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a Reaves single. Dugas scored Alabama's first run on junior designated hitter Cameron Carlisle's first career hit, an RBI single to right field.
"They've been making us earn everything and they've been defending well," Gaspard said. "We've just kind of rolled with it, and it's time a group of guys step up and make a change to get this thing moving."
Florida Atlantic was able to push across two more runs in the top half of the fifth inning, chasing Sullivan, who gave way to freshman pitcher Spencer Turnbull. In the bottom of the inning, Dugas hit a double down the left field line, but was stranded at second base.
After the Owls added another run in the top of the sixth to push the score to 5-1, the Tide tried to answer in the bottom half, but were held scoreless in the inning. Reaves led off with a single, and sophomore first baseman Austen Smith followed with another single. With runners on first and second and no outs, a double play by the Owls stalled UA's hopes for a big inning.
FAU added two more runs in the seventh, before the Tide attempted to rally in the bottom of the eighth inning. Dugas led off with a triple, his third hit of the day. The next batter, junior second baseman Roberts, knocked Dugas in with an RBI single to make the score 7-2, but Alabama could not continue the momentum.
The Owls scored two more runs in the top of the ninth for the final margin. Kevin Alexander threw the final three innings for FAU to pick up his first save of the season.
Alabama and Florida Atlantic will finish off the three-game series on Sunday from Sewell-Thomas Stadium, with first pitch coming at 12:05 p.m. Freshman left hander Justin Kamplain will start for the Tide against junior right hander Jeremy Strawn.
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