Baseball: Commodores Beat Bama 2-1

The Commodores (14-4, 3-1) improved to 3-1 in Southeastern Conference play on Friday night with a 2-1 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide (9-11, 0-4) in Tuscaloosa. Sophomore pitcher Mike Minor (3-1) pitched a complete game eight hitter and stuck out a career high twelve batters in route to his third win of the season.

"Mike was a bulldog tonight," said senior catcher Shea Robin. "He was consistently pounding the zone and hitting his spots."

The Crimson Tide also got a great game from their starting pitcher Austin Hyatt (2-2). Hyatt pitched a complete game seven hitter giving up two runs and one walk with six strikeouts.

Alabama got on the board first when Ross Wilson singled to left field to score Alex Kubal who had led off the bottom of the third inning with a bunt single to second base.

The Commodores got both of their runs in the top of the fifth inning. Robins led off the inning with a single to left field. He advanced to second on a single to left field by Parker Hanks. Brian Harris was the next batter to the plate, and he was hit by a pitch. Robin would score on a wild pitch. Harris would score on a line out by Ryan Flaherty.

The Crimson Tide would threaten again in the bottom of the sixth inning when Josh Rutledge and Wilson led off the inning with back to back singles. Minor would shut the inning down after inducing a ground out by Alex Avila that advanced Rutledge and Wilson. Minor would intentionally walk Brandon May, but strike out Matt Bentley for the second out of the inning and force Kent Matthes to fly out to left to end the inning.

Robin was the only Commodore to have a multiple hit game with two hits.

The Crimson Tide was led by Josh Rutledge, Wilson, and Brandon May who had two hits a piece.

The Commodores and Crimson Tide will play the second game of their three game series tomorrow at 4 p.m. Top Stories