For many, many years, Alabama has enjoyed some non-conference relief – almost comic relief -- with the annual appearance of the Alcorn State Braves. On Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium the Crimson Tide had a grand old time with its 18-1 win that included two Bama players crashing grand slam home runs.
Alabama scored six runs in both the third and sixth innings with Cody Henry’s first ever bases loaded home run highlighting the scoring in the third and Chandler Avant’s first-ever home run in college a grand slam in the sixth doing the big damage.
Alabama is now 21-1 all-time against Alcorn State with all 22 games having been played in Tuscaloosa. This year’s edition of the Braves fell to 9-23.
Bama is now 15-22 this season, but next it’s back to Southeastern Conference reality.
The Crimson Tide will head to Starkville for a three-game series with 11th-ranked Mississippi State beginning at 6 p.m. CDT Thursday, a game that will be televised on SEC Network. Friday’s game is at 6:30 and the Saturday game at 2.
Against Alcorn State, the Alabama offense had 13 hits and seven walks in amassing 18 runs.
“I just can’t say enough about how excited I was to see our guys come out today and really put some great swings on the ball,” said Alabama Coach Greg Goff. “We got a great outing from Deacon (Medders), and it was impressive to see him do what he did out there tonight as a freshman. Overall, this win was a tremendous team effort – great hitting, great pitching, and great defense.”
The Crimson Tide’s offense tallied all 18 runs from the third through sixth innings, plating six apiece in the third and sixth along with three-run frames in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Twelve of the Tide’s 14 offensive players collected at least one run with all but one batter reaching base. Alabama’s offensive output was led by Henry, who finished 3-5 with two home runs, seven RBI, and two runs scored. Avant’s slam provided his four RBI and run scored as he extended his hitting streak to a team-long 11 games with a 2-5 night. also tallied a grand slam for his first career home run, finishing 2-for-5 with four RBI and a run scored. Avant’s night extended his hitting streak to a team-long 11 games.
Deacon Medders (1-0) earned his first career win with a season-long five innings of work. Medders allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out four. The Tide bullpen then took over, with the threesome of Sam Finnerty, Tyler Adams, and Sonny Potter working the final two innings.