Alabama baseball has an unfortunate history of not being particularly good in non-conference, mid-week games, but the Crimson Tide came through with a 5-3 win over Troy Tuesday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Taylor Poe delivered a one-out, two-run single in the eighth inning that provided the margin of victory for the Crimson Tide.
Bama improved to 23-14.
Alabama has another non-conference, mid-week challenge Wednesday as the Tide hosts South Alabama at 6:30 p.m. CDT.
Bama rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth to break the tie and take a 5-3 lead into the ninth. A leadoff walk from Chance Vincent was followed by Chandler Taylor getting hit by a pitch to put two aboard. A flyout to right moved both runners into scoring position for Poe. The Crimson Tide catcher took the first pitch he saw down the third base line and over the bag for a bases-clearing single that put the Tide in front heading to the ninth.
Thomas Burrows entered in the ninth, allowing a one-out walk and a single to put two on before closing the door with a strikeout looking and a game-ending groundout to second. The save was Burrows’ 10th of the year and is one shy of his career-high total of 11 that he collected during his freshman season in 2014.
Crimson Tide starter Brock Love worked the longest outing of his career, going five innings and allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks with a season-high nine strikeouts. The freshman was followed by Jon Keller (2-1), who tossed three innings and allowed only one run while matching his season-high mark for strikeouts with four, and claiming the win.