Tide Baseball Has No Punch In Loss

The Alabama baseball team got a solid job from starting pitcher Geoffrey Bramblett, but the Crimson Tide offense was all but non-existent, held to two hits and one base on balls and shut out for the first time in 51 weeks.

For the second time this year, Alabama was swept in a Southeastern Conference series as the 23rd ranked Arkansas Razorbacks took all three games from Bama. At the Hoover Met in the series finale Saturday, the Hogs won 4-0.

Alabama is now under .500 on the season at 23-24 and the Crimson Tide’s hopes of making the SEC Tournament are in severe jeopardy as Bama is only 8-16 in conference games.

Alabama starter Geoffrey Bramblett gave another quality start, going seven innings and allowing three runs on six hits to keep the Tide in striking distance all game. The sophomore had six strikeouts. Bramblett has now gone seven innings in five of his eight conference starts and has not allowed more than four runs in seven of his SEC outings.

“Geoffrey did what Geoffrey does,” said Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard. “He gave us an opportunity to win. Sunday is the day you have to score some runs if you’re going to win. It seems like he’s had the same outing each time – give you about seven good innings, allow a couple runs – but when you get that kind of start you have to do your job on the offensive end.”

Arkansas’ starter Keaton McKinney countered Bramblett’s solid outing, tossing a complete game to hand Alabama its first complete game shutout loss since May 10, 2014, when LSU starter Aaron Nola accomplished the same feat.

The Razorbacks put together the game’s first run in the top of the third, using two walks and then a single to right-center to take the 1-0 lead. Arkansas would use a leadoff home run in the sixth to add one more and move the lead to 2-0.

Arkansas added its third run of the game in the eighth, using a double and a wild pitch to put the runner at third and then scoring on a sacrifice fly in the next at-bat. The Hogs would round out the scoring in the ninth, using the team’s second solo home run of the afternoon to go ahead 4-0.

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