Alabama Baseball Run-Rules Richmond to Complete Sweep
Alabama baseball defeated the Richmond Spiders 14-1 in seven innings Sunday afternoon, concluding the sweep of opening weekend.
"Great pitching, great hitting, and a lot of production up and down the lineup," coach Brad Bohannon said.
The Crimson Tide offense was prolific for the third day in a row, scoring at least 12 runs in every game of the series. Alabama utilized three pitchers: Jacob McNairy, Brock Blatter, and Zane Probst, who held the Spiders to only one earned run.
After a scoreless first inning, Drew Williamson gave Alabama the lead with a solo home run. Richmond responded quick, tying the score in the top of the third.
Alabama responded strong at the plate, scoring 13 runs across the next four innings. The Tide had a couple of five-run innings in the third and sixth innings, capitalizing off of Richmond's mistakes.
Andrew Pinckney had another great day at the plate, going 3-4 with a double. Dominic Tamez drove in Pinckney with a double of his own, returning the lead back to the Crimson Tide.
Later in the third, second baseman Bryce Eblin drove in two runners, giving Alabama a 5-1 lead. Catcher Mac Guscette, who had a remarkable opening day, laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt, which scored the fifth run of the inning.
Richmond walked Alabama 11 times on Sunday, five of those being hit-by-pitch. In addition to two errors in the field, Richmond was unable to get off the field and limit Alabama's offense.
"They helped us a little more today than they did the previous two days with some free baserunners," coach Bohannon said.
On the other hand, Alabama was dominant on the mound for the third night in a row. Despite giving up six hits in just four innings pitched, coach Bohannon was proud of what McNairy gave the team Sunday.
"I thought Jacob pitched great," coach Bohannon said. "He had some bad luck and soft contact hits, but kept going at them."
Alabama (3-0) hosts Tennessee Tech (2-0) Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Joe-Sewell Stadium at 3 p.m.