Tide Baseball Falls In Pitchers' Duel
Game two of the series between No. 21 Alabama (4-4) and No. 10 UL-Lafayette (9-1) is scheduled for 2 p.m. CST on Saturday from Tigue Moore Field. The game will be televised on ESPN3.com.
Alabama got a solid pitching performance from its starter as well, as junior right-hander Spencer Turnbull (0-1) went 6 2/3 innings allowing two unearned runs on two hits with six strikeouts and four walks.
After the pitcher's dueled for six scoreless innings, Louisiana scored the only two runs of the game in the seventh inning, when Chase Compton drove in two on a squeeze bunt with one out. Turnbull walked Ryan Wilson to start the inning then on a sac bunt attempt by Jace Conrad, Turnbull bobbled the grounder for one error then threw it away at first base to allow the runners to move up to second and third.
After a ground out kept the runners in place, Compton bunted a ball back to the mound with the runners moving on the pitch. Wilson scored easily from third for the first run, and when Turnbull made the play to first, Conrad, who was at second, never slowed down and beat the throw home for the second run.
The Tide finished the game with seven hits as junior right fielder Ben Moore led the way with a 3-for-4 night. Designated hitter Wade Wass was 2-for-4 and Georgie Salem and Chance Vincent each singled. Thomas Burrows retired the only batter he faced to end the UL seventh and Jay Shaw retired all three batters he faced in the eighth inning.
Ryan Leonards had two singles to account for both UL hits.
Alabama threatened in the first inning when they got three straight singles by Salem, Moore and Wass to load the bases with one out. The runners were left stranded after Casey Hughston struck out and Kyle Overstreet grounded out to end the threat.
The Cajuns threatened in the fourth inning and had runners on second and third, but Conrad flied out to left field to end the inning, keeping the game scoreless.
In the sixth, Alabama got back-to-back one out singles by Moore and Wass, but Hughston struck out and Overstreet groundout when Leonards made a sliding play in the hole at third to keep the Tide off the scoreboard.
Alabama Game Notes
Friday's game marked the fourth meeting all-time between Alabama and Louisiana-Lafayette in baseball.
The Crimson Tide is now 3-1 all-time versus the Ragin Cajuns.
Mitch Gaspard is 6-10 all-time as a head coach against ULL, and 0-1 as the head coach of the Crimson Tide.
Ben Moore finished the night 3-for-4 to notch his second multiple hit game of the season and 42nd of his career. It was his seventh career three-hit game.
Wade Wass delivered a pair of hits to notch his second multiple hit game of the season.
Spencer Turnbull tied his career-high with six strikeouts in the game. He has had six strikeouts in eight games during his career.
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