Tide Baseball Evens Record

Freshman southpaw pitcher Miers Quigley pitched almost well enough in Alabama's final intra-squad scrimmage games to put him in the weekend rotation against 26th-ranked Winthrop in the Tide's season-opening series, but not quite.

A solid debut outing Tuesday night in Alabama's 11-3 win over Samford (0-1) at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, however, kept the 6-4, 225-pound Roswell, Georgia native in Coach Jim Wells' sights for a further look.

"Some guys are competing for positions and over the next four weeks there will be a lot of different guys running out there," Wells said. "I think he did well enough to warrant a weekend shot."

Quigley worked four and two thirds innings, not allowing a hit before a fifth-inning bunt single opened the door to four singles and three runs in the inning. All three Samford runs were unearned, however, as Quigley coaxed a double-play ball from Parker Gargis that would have ended the inning if not for an earlier fielding error by shortstop Greg Paiml.

Quigley threw 65 pitches totaling five strikeouts and one walk. He did not go the required five innings for the win, however. That went to freshman Jake McCarter, who was equally solid in four and a third innings, allowing four hits and no runs, striking out five batters with no walks issued.

Evan Bush, Bama's best hitter was also in form Tuesday night, and he had some help one night after Alabama (2-2) left 17 runners stranded in the rubber game loss to Winthrop.

"I don't recall a game where 17 guys were left on base in a long, long time. I think 1992 was the last time that happened," Wells said.

Bush had three hits on the night, including a blast over the left field scoreboard, a two-run triple and an RBI-single. He also reached on a walk in the game.

All that after a slow three for 13 opening weekend in the season-opening series.

"He's your only really proven hitter so he has to be that guy. He bounced back nicely and it was a good night for him," Wells said.

The third-inning homerun was the 25th career shot for the senior.

Wetumpka freshman Kyle Moore debuted with two hits and four RBI, including his first career home run.

"Kyle Moore swung the bat really well," Wells added. "I am really happy for him. He got a shot tonight and took advantage of it."

Moore gave the Crimson Tide a 1-0 lead with an RBI ground out in the second inning, added an RBI single in the third inning and capped a five-run sixth inning with a two-run homer that bounced off the top of the wall in left field.

"I was pretty fired up to find out I was in the starting lineup," Moore said. "To be able to start and play was all I was hoping for. The home run tops it all off."

Alabama didn't trail in the game, scoring two runs in the second and third innings, one run in the fourth and seventh innings and five runs in the sixth to ice the game.

Alabama hosts Kent State on Friday (6:30 p.m), Saturday (4 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.).

"There are a lot of spots up for grabs. Whoever can get the job done will be in the lineup the next day," Wells said.

GAME NOTES:
*Alabama used five more first-time players in its win over Samford to bring its season total to 14 first-time players. True freshman LHP Miers Quigley (Roswell, Ga.) made his first career start on the mound, while redshirt Kyle Moore (Wetumpka) made his first career start as the designated hitter. Junior RHP Jake McCarter (Kerrville, Texas) and threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for the win. Redshirt freshman Wes Henderson (Oxford) and true freshman Jeff Texada (New Iberia, La.) made their debuts as pinch-hitters late in the game.

*Quigley opened the game by retiring the first 11 Samford batters he faced. He lost his perfect game when he issued a two-out walk to Trey Moody in the fourth inning. Quigley lost his no-hitter when Bear Burnett led off the fifth inning with a bunt single. He could not pitch around an error as Samford scored three runs on four hits in the fifth and chased Quigley (4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, BB, 5 K) from the game with two outs in the inning.

*Moore went 2-for-4 in his Crimson Tide debut, with one home run and four RBI. He had an RBI ground out in his first at-bat and added an RBI single in his second at-bat Tuesday night. He added a two-run home run in the Tide's five-run, sixth inning. *McCarter earned the win in his debut with 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. He allowed four hits and struck out five in his debut.

*The Alabama bullpen has thrown 14 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, dating back to the sixth inning of Sunday's win over Winthrop.

*Bush was 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in the win over Samford. He hit his 25th career home run to give Alabama a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Bush has hit safely in all four games this season.

*Valverde reached base all four times in the win over Samford, with three walks and hit by pitch.

*Salem has a four-game hitting streak this season and eight in-a-row dating back to last year.

*Alabama has hit five home runs in its first four games of the season. The Crimson Tide did not hit its first home run of the season last year until Feb. 19, its seventh game of the year.


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