If nothing else, we should all be able to agree that after just 17 games in Tuscaloosa, Alabama Baseball Coach Greg Goff sees the world through crimson glasses. Otherwise, how would he say after Bama lost by 10-3 to Samford Wednesday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, “I thought it was a closer game than what the score indicates.”
Well, it was closer going to the ninth inning, when the visiting Bulldogs padded their lead with five runs, while the Crimson Tide responded with only one.
With the loss, Alabama is now 10-7 with Southeastern Conference competition just around the corner.
Alabama will open SEC play this weekend with a three-game series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium against the Missouri Tigers. Friday’s opener is set for a 6:30 p.m. CDT, the Saturday game is at 1, and the Sunday game at noon. All games will be televised on the SEC Network.
Against Samford, the Tide allowed 10 runs on 13 hits and nine walks.
“Samford played a really good game,” said Alabama head coach Greg Goff. “We just needed to play a little earlier in the game and create a little more offense. I felt like our guys on the back-end kind of let the game slip away a little bit. I thought it was a closer game than what the score indicates. There are just some things that we’ve got to work through. It’s a learning process, and hopefully we’ll learn from this loss.”
Alabama starter Sam Finnerty (1-1) suffered his first loss after allowing three earned runs on three hits and four walks. The Crimson Tide then turned it over to the bullpen, using a total of six pitchers to finish the Wednesday game.
Samford took a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a sacrifice fly. In the third, Alabama pitchers gave up four walks, one of which came with the bases loaded, and another sacrifice fly to make it Samford 3, Alabama 0.
Chandler Taylor singled, went to second on a passed ball, and scored on a two-out single by Keith Holcombe to pull Bama to within 3-1.
Samford extended the lead to 5-1 with a two-run homer in the seventh.
Alabama got one back in the eighth on a fielder’s choice, but the Bulldogs blew it open with five runs in the ninth inning. The Tide managed to scratch out another fielders choice run before a double play ended the game.
Crimson Tide designated hitter Cody Henry finished 2-for-3 and added one run scored. With the effort, Henry extended his hitting streak to six games. Over that stretch, Henry is batting a team-high .526 (10-19), with a double, three home runs, five RBI, seven runs scored, and three walks.