Tide Baseball Comes Down From AU High

Just when Alabama's baseball team had reason to start feeling good about itself after a three-game sweep of Auburn, the Crimson Tide runs into a buzz saw like UAB. Bama's weekend success was dampened by the Tide's second loss of the year to the Blazers. Tonight the Tide is on the road in Louisiana, and there's another tough weekend on the horizon.

No one would mistake Alabama baseball for a powerhouse club (with the possible exception of Auburn), but almost nothing could make Crimson Tide fans feel good about the 9-1 loss to the UAB Blazers at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Tuesday.

Alabama returns to action on at 6 p.m. CDT today (Wednesday night) against Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond. Alabama is scheduled to throw sophomore right-hander Case Nixon (0-1, 4.35) while the Lions will counter with sophomore righty Sean Kennel (0-0, 7.36).

This weekend the Tide gets back into Southeastern Conference play with a tough assignment, playing at top ten ranked LSU.

Bama is only 13-20 on the season and only 4-8 in SEC games.

UAB scored seven runs over the course of the sixth and seventh innings to turn what had been a tight-knit 2-1 game, into a sizeable 9-1 advantage. For the game, Alabama mustered one run on seven hits while stranding six runners on base. The Tide was held scoreless over the final eight innings of play.

"Well first of all, a lot of credit goes to UAB," Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard said. "They just outplayed us tonight in every area of the game. Offensively we hit some balls hard early in the game and they made some nice defensive plays, and then when we went to the bullpen it really blew up. They had a couple big innings and the game just got out of hand from there, and a little too much to recover from. I thought we were a little flat and just had a poor performance. We didn't play very well at all tonight."

Crimson Tide senior shortstop Jared Reaves tallied a 3-for-4 night at the plate, recording his 12th multiple hit game of the season. Freshman right fielder Ben Moore was 1-for-3 at the plate with one RBI, extending his team-leading hitting streak to 12 games. Senior center fielder Taylor Dugas recorded a 1-for-4, one run night at the plate, to extend his on-base streak to 45 games. Dugas' only hit of the game was a first inning leadoff triple, extending his school record to 15 for his career.

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