Oczypok Pitches Gray To Victory

The Alabama baseball team kicked off the final week of fall workouts with the Crimson and Gray World Series on Tuesday afternoon, as the Gray squad opened the series with a 7-6 win.

Alabama will continue the Crimson and Gray World Series on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., with game two of the series, before wrapping up the series on Friday at 6:05 p.m. from Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

The winning pitcher for the Gray team was sophomore righty Mike Oczypok, who struck out two and allowed one walk in four scoreless, hitless innings. Sophomore righty Matt Salom of the Crimson team took the loss after allowing two runs in his only inning pitched. Sophomore Kyle Overstreet picked up the save after tossing the final inning for the Gray team.

Although the Crimson team outhit the Gray team 10-6, the Gray squad got four runs off of three wild pitches and a throwing error.

Freshman Casey Hughston reached base all three times for the Gray team with a single and two walks, and he scored twice.

Playing for the Crimson team, sophomore center fielder Georgie Salem went 3-for-4 with two singles, a double, a stolen base and two runs scored and sophomore shortstop Mikey White was 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored. Junior Trevor Sprowl from the Crimson squad led both teams with two RBI.

The Crimson squad loaded the bases in the first off three straight singles from Hunter Webb, White, and Salem. Ben Moore took three straight balls, then stroked a single to drive in the first run of the game. Austen Smith made the first out of the inning, but drove one on a sacrifice fly deep into center. The sixth batter of the inning was Mathew Goodson, who singled to plate Salem. The first frame came to a close with a 5-0 lead for the Crimson squad after a two-run single from Sprowl.

The Gray squad responded in the second as Hughston and Chance Vincent reached on a single and error, respectively. Will Haynie pulled a single to short, but a dropped ball at third base went out of play, moving the runners up a base and bringing in the first run, then Taylor Propst clubbed a single to bring home another. After Daniel Cucjen loaded the bases on a walk, Riley Colburn added a single to drive in the third run of the inning. The final two runs of the frame came on a Ryan Blanchard sacrifice fly and a wild pitch.

Salem sparked another scoring inning with a double into the right field corner. After a fly out to center moved Salem up to third, a wild pitch allowed Salem to score a 6-5 lead for the Crimson team.

After the early scoring, only Hughston from the Gray and J.C. Wilhite from the Crimson reached on a walk for the next three innings. Overstreet from the Gray broke the hitless streak in the sixth with a leadoff single. The Gray squad then loaded the bases on back-to-back singles from Hughston and Vincent, and each scored on wild pitches to put the Gray team up, 7-6.

From there, the Crimson team could only manage one hit, as the Gray team held on to take game one of the series.

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