Tide's Hot Bats Blister Samford
With 14 hits against nine Bulldog pitchers, Alabama recorded its fourth straight 10-hit game, as eight players had at least one hit and four players tallied multiple hits in the game. It was also the Crimson Tide's second consecutive game to score 15 runs, having put up that number in a 15-1 win over Tennessee Sunday.
Alabama returns to action tonight (Wednesday) when Bama hosts Jacksonville State at 6:05 p.m. CDT at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
"Offensively, we've been in a pretty good flow over the last four games," Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard said. "They helped us a little bit early and walked a couple guys, but I felt that we had pretty good offensive pressure in the front part of the game. Our guys are in a better place than we were in the front part of the season. We're getting guys out there that are getting hit by pitches and talking walks and were taking advantage of mistakes."
Leading the way offensively for the Tide (12-9) was Austen Smith's 3-for-5 night to extend his hitting streak to four games. Smith hit his first home run of the season, had a double, a single, three RBI and three runs scored. Ben Moore was 2-for-3 with a double and a single to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Moore also walked three times, scored three runs and drove in two. Kyle Overstreet reached base in all five of his plate appearances, and finished the night 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and two walks. Brett Booth was 1-for-5 with a game-high four RBI and has now hit in a team season-high eight straight games.
Alabama starting pitcher Tucker Hawley earned the win in the mid-week game, as he improves to 4-1 on the season. Hawley threw three innings, allowing one earned run on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Samford starting pitcher Patrick McGavin (0-3) took the loss after allowing five runs in the first inning, which was the only inning he threw in the game.
"Hawley had a pretty good start," Gaspard said. "Samford has a good hitting team and they are a good fastball hitting team. We threw some guys that haven't pitched a lot. Haack had a rough first inning, but settled down and threw well against the meat of their lineup in his second inning. Overall we were pleased with our pitching, but we would like to see them hold them down. We've played some really close games against these guys and it was nice to stretch one out and relax a little bit."
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