Tide Tops Jax State To Snap Loss Skid

The No. 23 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning and four relief pitchers held Jacksonville State to one unearned run over the final seven innings, as the Crimson Tide posted a 7-3 win over the Gamecocks Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa.



Alabama (17-6) snapped a five-game losing streak with the win. Jacksonville State (13-12) saw its modest two-game winning streak come to an end.

The Crimson Tide erased a one-run deficit with four runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 5-2 lead.

Freshman right fielder Andrew Miller and junior catcher Cody Trotter opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Freshman left fielder Brett Booth moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt and sophomore center fielder Taylor Dugas gave the Tide its first lead with a two-run single to center to make it 3-2.

Sophomore DH Jon Kelton followed with a base hit to put runners on the corners with one out. Dugas scored on a balk by JSU relief pitcher Tanner Freshour to give the Tide a 4-2 lead. Kelton took third on junior shortstop Josh Rutledge's infield hit and scored on a subsequent error by shortstop Mike Sharrock to make the score 5-2.

The Alabama bullpen took over from there as they held the Gamecocks to one run on three singles over the final seven innings.

Junior right hander Jason Townsend allowed one unearned run in two innings of relief, with two strikeouts. Freshman right hander Trey Pilkington pitched a scoreless fifth and sixth inning and retired six of the eight batters he faced for his first collegiate win. The Oxford, Ala., native allowed one hit and one walk in his third relief appearance of the season. Junior right-hander Brett Whitaker pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts and senior right-hander Jake Smith worked a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout.

Jacksonville State took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run home run by Sam Eberle. It was his team-leading 10th home run of the season.

Alabama got one of the runs back in the bottom of the first inning on senior first baseman Clay Jones' two-out RBI single to left field to cut the lead to 2-1.

Jacksonville State scored an unearned run in the third inning to cut the lead to 5-3 before Alabama put two more runs on the board for a 7-3 lead. Trotter knocked in the first run with an RBI double and Booth added another run with an RBI single to left field.

Alabama will travel to Regions Park in Hoover on Wednesday to meet the UAB Blazers at 6:30 p.m. (CDT). The Crimson Tide returns home this weekend to face arch-rival Auburn in a three-game SEC series, beginning Friday at 6:05 p.m. (CDT). The game will televised by Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS).

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