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Top of lineup provides offense for Alabama in 8-2 win over Samford

Alabama downs Samford, prepares for No. 10 South Carolina

Georgie Salem, coming off a big weekend in a series sweep of Arkansas, continued his hot hitting and led the top of the Alabama lineup to a fine offensive performance in an 8-2 win over Samford at Sewell-Thomas Stadium Tuesday night.

Alabama’s win improved the Tide to 31-21 this season and was the final non-conference game of the year for the Crimson Tide baseball team.

The game sets up an important Southeastern Conference series in Tuscaloosa beginning Thursday when the Crimson Tide (15-12 in SEC games) against 10th-ranked South Carolina (17-9 in the conference).

Alabama’s offense was highlighted by the 1-2-3 hitters in Keith Holcombe, Cobie Vance and Salem, who combined for 8-13 batting (.615) with eight of Bama’s 12 hits, seven of the team’s eight runs batted in, and four of the eight runs scored.

Salem led the Tide overall going 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBI, and one run scored. The homer was his career-high fourth of the season and extended his hitting streak to nine games.

Alabama starter Brock Love allowed two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out seven in four innings. Love was followed by Colton Freeman (1-0), who worked three innings of one-hit baseball, issuing a walk and striking out three for his first career win. Dylan Duarte closed out the game, throwing the final two innings for his third save of the year.

Alabama and South Carolina will play at 7 p.m. CDT on both Thursday and Friday and close out the series and regular season play at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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