Tide Baseball Wins Texas A&M Series

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Freshman left fielder Hunter Webb delivered a go-ahead ninth-inning RBI double to lift the No. 15 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team to a 6-4 win over the Texas A&M Aggies in the second game of a Southeastern Conference doubleheader from Blue Bell Park on Saturday.

Alabama is now 22-9 overall and 8-4 in SEC games. Texas A&M is 19-14 overall, 5-7 in the conference.

With the game tied at 4-4, Chance Vincent had a single to left field off Texas A&M (19-14, 5-7 SEC) closer and losing pitcher Jason Jester (2-2) to start the two-run ninth-inning rally for the Tide (22-9, 8-4 SEC) and Taylor Poe, who was making his first collegiate start, followed with an infield single. After a meeting on the mound, Webb smacked the first pitch he saw from Jester to the left center field gap to plate the game-winning run, as Vincent scored from second. After Georgie Salem was intentionally walked, Mikey White followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Tide in front 6-4.

Thomas Burrows took over for Ray Castillo in the bottom of the ninth and retired the three batters he faced, with one strikeout, to record his fourth save and secure the road SEC series win for Alabama. Castillo (1-0) earned the win after taking over for UA starter Jon Keller with one out in the sixth inning. Castillo threw 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits with a walk. Keller did not factor into the decision, but went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

For the fourth straight game, Alabama put together 10 hits, as seven players had at least one hit while four recorded multiple hits. The seven through nine hitters in the Tide order were 5-for-12 with three RBI and three runs scored, including the two runs in the ninth inning.

Vincent, who started the ninth inning rally, was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Webb, who delivered the game-winning RBI, was 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored and Taylor Poe was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Georgie Salem had two hits for his team-leading 12th multiple hit game of the season, White was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored and Kyle Overstreet was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Alabama took a 1-0 lead when Webb scored from third on a ground out by White in the third inning. The Tide extended its lead to 4-1 with a three-run sixth inning, that included an RBI single by Overstreet and a two-run single by Vincent.

With the three-run cushion, the Tide defense committed four errors in the home half of the sixth inning, allowing the Aggies to score three unearned runs and tie the game at 4-4.

After getting the final two outs of the sixth inning, Castillo blanked the Aggies over the next two innings to keep the game even, before handing the ball over to Burrows for the ninth inning. Burrows is 4-for-4 in save opportunities this season.

In the opening game of the doubleheader, he 15th-ranked Alabama saw its six-game winning streak come to an end after A&M came from behind to post a 13-8 win.

With the Tide holding a 7-4 heading to the bottom of the fifth, the Aggies scored 12 runs over the next three innings en route to the five-run victory. Texas A&M reliever Parker Ray (3-2) entered the game in the fourth inning and threw the final six innings to record the victory. Alabama reliever Jay Shaw (1-2) took the loss for Alabama after entering the game in the fifth inning and allowing four runs on two hits and two walks.

Alabama collected 11 hits in the game, as Ben Moore, Kyle Overstreet, Wade Wass and Austen Smith had two hits each. Wass was 2-for-3 with three RBI that included his second home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth inning. Chance Vincent was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Hunter Webb was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Off six Crimson Tide pitchers, the Aggies finished the game with 14 hits, as Nick Banks led the way with a 3-for-5 performance. Troy Stein came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI, Cole Lankford was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Logan Taylor was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Alabama starting pitcher Justin Kamplain did not factor into the decision after allowing seven runs (five earned) on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts in four-plus innings. TAMU starting pitcher Grayson Long lasted just three innings, allowing four runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in three-plus innings.

After the Aggies took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Tide scored three times in the top of the second on an RBI groundout by William Elliott, a sacrifice fly by Chance Vincent and a two-out RBI single by Hunter Webb. Bama extended its lead to 4-1 with a two-out RBI infield single by Austen Smith in the top of the third.

The Aggies got two back in the fourth when Taylor delivered a two-run double to the left field corner to make the score 4-3 after four. The Tide responded in the next inning scoring three times on the second home run of the season by Wass. After Ben Moore and Kyle Overstreet singled to open the inning off reliever Ray, Wass hit a 3-2 pitch over 400 feet to left field to give the Tide a 7-4 advantage.

Texas A&M responded by producing eight runs over the next two innings, scoring four times in both the fifth and sixth innings to take an 11-7 lead in the game. The Tide scored an unearned run in the eighth, before Aggies responded with two more in the seventh on an RBI triple and a wild pitch.

Alabama returns to action on Tuesday night when it hosts the UAB Blazers. First pitch at Sewell-Thomas Stadium is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CDT.

Alabama Postgame Notes

*In eight all-time meetings between the two schools, Alabama is now 4-4 all-time versus the Aggies.

*After losing the first game of the doubleheader 13-8, and winning the second game 6-4, Alabama is now 22-1 when it scores three or more runs this season.

*Alabama is now 4-6 in road games and 6-6 in games away from Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

*With 11 hits in the game one and 10 hits in game two, Alabama has 16 double-digit hits game of the season and has had at least 10 hits in its last four games.

*Taylor Poe made his first collegiate start in game two of the doubleheader.

*Poe's ninth inning single was his first hit in SEC play and just his second hit of the season.

*Georgie Salem had two hits in game two of the doubleheader to recorded his 12th multiple-hit game of the year (30th career), to move into the team lead in multi-hit games this season.

*With two hits in game one of the doubleheader, Kyle Overstreet notched his 11th multiple hit game of the season.

*Austen Smith notched his ninth multi-hit game of the season and the 48th of his career, going 2-for-5 in game one of the doubleheader.

*Hunter Webb delivered two doubles in game two of the doubleheader for his fourth multi-hit game of the season.

*Webb hit .444 (4-for-9) in the series, with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBI.

*Chance Vincent was 2-for-4 to record his fifth multi-hit game of the season. Vincent finished the Texas A&M series with a team-high .556 (5-for-9) average, with a double, two walks, four RBI and three runs scored.

*Mikey White hit .455 (5-for-11) in the series, with a double, three RBI and two runs scored.

*White was also hit by a pitch twice in the series and now leads the team with 10 HBP this season.

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