Mid-Week Game Goes According to Plan

Alabama's Wednesday night game against Lipscomb went according to script, as the Crimson Tide cruised to a 15-2 win, using five pitchers and 15 position players in the game.

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"A lot of guys got to play and it was good that we could break the game up (with the pitchers)," Alabama Coach Jim Wells said. "We scored early and then had the big inning. It's good when you can play a lot of guys and play well."

Alabama's leading power hitter Kody Valverde got the night off, and his replacement, David Ferazza, filled in nicely with a four-hit night, which included a second inning two-run home run over the left field wall on a windless night when balls were not traveling far, to go along with a double and two singles.

"We need to rest Valverde from time-to-time. He's a little banged up," Alabama Coach Jim Wells said. "Ferazza played well at Georgia and has done surprisingly well when he has had his chances."

Ferazza batted twice in the seventh inning, where the Tide sent 11 men to the plate, scoring seven runs, and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle in the at bat.

"Everyone in the dugout was telling me triple next time, but I don't have the speed for it," Ferazza said. "I was just happy to get another hit. When you get a good pitch you have to capitalize on it. Hopefully, the more opportunities I get, the better I will be later."

Jake McCarter (3-0, 1.42 ERA) started and was credited with the win, pitching just three innings according to the pre-scripted schedule Wells used. McCarter gave up just one hit and one walk, striking out two of the 10 batters he faced.

Patrick Kelly and Jordan Davis pitched two innings apiece. Kelly allowed four hits and Lipscomb's only two runs of the night, and he walked three of the 13 batters he faced. Davis, who came on to relieve Kelly, did not allow a hit and struck out two of the seven batters he faced. He issued just one walk.

Miers Quigley and Kenneth Brown pitched one inning apiece and each faced five batters, neither allowing a run. Quigley allowed two hits, and Brown walked two but gave up no hits.

Five Alabama hitters had multi-hit nights. Ferazza had a game-high three RBI. Designated hitter Alex Avila, Matt Bentley, and Greg Paiml had three hits each and Emeel Salem had two hits.

The 15 runs and 18 hits were both season highs for the Alabama team.

Alabama faces top-ranked Mississippi State in a three-game series beginning Friday night. Junior Wade LeBlanc will start Friday night's game against the Bulldogs. Tickets are on sale in advance through the Alabama ticket office in Coleman Coliseum all week or by calling (205) 348-BAMA (2262).

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