Alabama Baseball Breaks a Four Game Losing Streak
Alabama baseball defeated No. 19 LSU Saturday night under the bright lights on the SEC Network. The win broke a four game losing streak and gave the Crimson Tide their seventh Top 25 victory of the season.
LSU got on the board first when Jacob McNairy left an off-speed pitch too high for Dylan Crews who hit a 2-out solo home run in the top of the first inning. McNairy didn't let that one run affect his psyche, however. He settled down, threw his pitches, and didn't let another run cross in his 5.2 innings of work.
"I knew that it was up and he's a great hitter, so I mean he took advantage of it. I just knew when I faced him the next time I have to keep the ball down and locate it well," McNairy said.
After a sloppy defensive effort Friday, the defense was sharp during the prime time game. The defense cleanly fielded the many ground balls that were hit by the Tigers. Some fantastic plays were made in the outfield as center fielder Caden Rose made an incredible catch in the top of the sixth inning, and second baseman Bryce Eblin made an unbelievable stop to throw out Tre´ Morgan at first base to end the ball game.
The Crimson Tide offense was also hot Saturday night as the first four batters up got on base. A sac-fly allowed Pinckney to score the second run of the night and tie the game at 2-1. Every Bama player who batted reached base at least once. LSU did assist the Tide offensively as two walks and some errors by their defense gifted Bama runners in scoring position. LSU pitchers walked eight batters and had six pitching errors, as well as three defensive errors.
LSU's head coach pulled the Tiger's starting pitcher, Blake Money, after he only faced four batters. Money left the game responsible for two runs, two walks with the bases loaded and no outs while only throwing 13 pitches.
The early pitching change got the fans hyped up and the energy never dipped the rest of the night. On a Saturday night during graduation weekend, the Alabama baseball faithful showed up in full force and gave the team a much needed boost of confidence.
The Crimson Tide returns to the Joe Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT. The team hopes to get the series win against their second ranked SEC opponent of the season.
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