Alabama Sweeps Mizzou In Weekend Series
In the final game against Missouri, Alabama baseball managed to score all three of its runs in the last two innings and hold on for the sweep over the Tigers, winning 3-2. Following its second SEC series sweep of 2021, the Crimson Tide moves to 28-15 on the season, including 11-10 in SEC play alone.
On Sunday's nail-biting victory, coach Brad Bohannon said, "[I'm] not sure if we played our best game today, certainly made some mistakes and didn't execute in key situations. But really proud of our kids for overcoming that and really proud of the pitching staff."
Bohannon used five different Bama bullpen arms to get the job done Sunday. Junior RHP Connor Shamblin was given his first starting nod of the season and only gave up two runs - what would be Mizzou's only runs on the day - through 2.0 IP with three strikeouts. Redshirt junior RHP Hunter Ruth took Bama through the next three innings scoreless, with just four hits allowed from 12 batters. Freshman right-hander Jake Eddington got into the game for an inning of work in the 6th and only allowed one hit before R-Sr. RHP William Freeman took over. Freeman tossed three strikeouts in his two innings and didn't allow a hit or a walk to a Tiger through six batters. "The Viper" RHP Chase Lee came in to seal the series' last inning for the Tide and only needed 9 pitches to clinch the Bama victory.
The Alabama bats felt frozen, at least on the scoreboard, through six scoreless innings to start the Sunday matchup in Tuscaloosa. Missouri's Zach Hise threw 7.0 innings with six strikeouts and just one earned run. But all bets were off when Missouri had to go to the bullpen after the 7th. Alabama took the lead in the bottom of the 8th from a Zane Denton sacrifice fly and never looked back after handing the ball to Chase Lee for the 9th.
Since Alabama's mid-week road bout against Samford was canceled on Friday, the next matchup comes in a three-game road series against No. 2 Vanderbilt. Game 1 against the Commodores is scheduled for Friday, May 7 at 6:30 at Charles Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tennessee.
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