Alabama Baseball Bounces Back Against Columbia
The Alabama baseball team had a bounce-back win in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, beating the Columbia Lions 6-2.
Right handed pitcher Ben Hess started on the mound for the Crimson Tide. He pitched five innings and recorded three hits, one earned run, one walk, and seven strikeouts.
Hess' one earned run came off the bat of Columbia second baseman Jack Kail, who hit an RBI single in the third inning to put the Lions on the board first.
Alabama had a couple of chances in the beginning innings to put runs on the board, but could not execute any scoring plays. The Tide had two runners stranded on base in the bottom of the first inning with one in scoring position and had the game-tying run on third base in the bottom of the fourth inning, but could not bring him home.
It wasn't until the fifth inning that the Tide got on the board. Colby Shelton hit a two-run home run to give Alabama the lead, then, after a single by Caden Rose and two walks, Ed Johnson hit a grand slam to put Alabama up 6-1.
Right-handed pitcher Riley Quick came in to pitch in relief in sixth inning. Quick pitched 3.0 innings and recorded three hits, one earned run, three walks, and five strikeouts.
The one run that Quick recorded came off the bat of Columbia second baseman Seth Dardar, who hit an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning to cut into Alabama's lead 6-2.
Right-handed pitcher Zane Probst came in to close out the game for the Crimson Tide, recording one hit and one walk in the one inning he pitched.
Alabama recorded six total hits on 29 at bats, nine walks, and only four strikeouts.
The Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team will play the series finale against Columbia later this afternoon. Coverage will be on Tide 100.9 FM and the Tide 100.9 app which is free to download in the App Store.