Alabama Baseball Beats Troy, 10-5

A non-conference win over Troy early in the season might have helped the Alabama baseball team gain some impetus. Although it's too late to salvage this season, the Crimson Tide did finish non-conference play with a win over the Trojans Tuesday night.

Alabama doesn't have anything to play for insofar as post-season play. For the first time since 2004 Bama will not be eligible for the Southeastern Conference Tournament, and the Crimson Tide will finish with a record heavy on the loss side. Nevertheless, Alabama showed some enthusiasm in taking a 10-5 win over Troy at Sewell-Thomas Stadium Tuesday.

Bama got a pair of four-run innings and had good pitching against the Trojans.

Alabama concludes its season this weekend hosting Georgia in final SEC competition. Games against the Bulldogs will be Thursday (6:30 p.m. CDT), Friday (6:30), and Saturday (1 p.m.). The Tide's eight senior players will be recognized in a ceremony prior to Friday night's game.

Following Tuesday's win, Bama is 19-33 on the season. The Tide is 7-20 in SEC games with all the wins coming in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama starting pitcher Taylor Guilbeau improved to 4-2 with the win after tossing three innings. He allowed three hits, three runs (one earned) while walking two and striking out three. Jake Hubbard came in to relieve Guilbeau and threw three innings, allowing only one hit and no earned runs.

Bama Coach Mitch Gaspard said, "We had good pitching from Guilbeau in the second and third inning. I thought Hubbard was really good in the middle of the game and then Jay Shaw and Trey Pilkington finished out the back end."

Troy (24-28) starter Jeremy McGowan took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season. McGowan had two innings of work, giving up six hits and three earned runs.

Alabama reached the 10-run mark for just the fourth time this season and first since scoring 11 against South Carolina on April 27. The Tide also pounded out 11 hits as seven of the nine starters had at least one hit. Leading the offensive outburst for Alabama was Austen Smith who was 2-for-3 with his third home run of the season, two runs batted in, and two runs.

Taylor Dugas was 2-for-4 with a walk, Jared Reaves was 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBI, and Brett Booth was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a pair of runs. James Tullidge extended his hitting streak to seven games with a two-run single in the sixth.

"I thought after the first inning that we settled in and played the game pretty good," Gaspard said. "We played pretty solid offensively; we did a good job. We had some two-out hits. Smith had a big home run and Tullidge had the big two-out hit that extended the lead. Overall, after the first inning, it was a pretty clean game."

The Trojans got on the board first, scoring three times off Guilbeau, although two of the runs were unearned. A double from Boone Shear drove in two and a single by Jakob Nixon staked the Trojans to an early 3-0 lead.

A strong showing in the second inning propelled Alabama ahead early in the game, as the Tide sent nine batters to the plate in the inning. A double to right center from Booth started the inning, before he scored the first run of the night for the Tide on a single by Dugas. Hunter Gregory then reached base on a fielder's choice, later scoring on a single from Reaves, which also brought Dugas around to third following an error by the Troy left fielder. Moore singled up the center bringing Dugas and Reaves in to make the score 4-3.

Alabama first baseman Austen Smith hit his third home run of the season, and the eighth of his career, in the bottom of the fourth. The long ball also brought in Moore, who got on base from a walk and stole second, making the score 6-3.

A four-run, sixth inning for Alabama helped put the game out of reach, as the Tide opened a 10-3 lead over the Trojans. With one out and the bases loaded, Cameron Carlisle walked, bringing in Reaves. Booth followed with a fielder's choice, allowing Moore to score to give the Tide an 8-3 advantage. After Booth advanced to second on a wild pitch, Tullidge delivered a two-run single with two outs, plating Booth and Smith.

Troy added single runs in the seventh and ninth innings. The Trojans got one run on UA reliever Jay Shaw in the seventh when Tyler Vaughn's single drove in Tyler Hannah. The final run of the game came off Trey Pilkington in the ninth on an RBI single by Hannah.

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