Bama Baseball Clinches Mizzou Series With Game 2 Victory
On graduation Saturday, Alabama baseball won game 2 of its three-game weekend series over Mizzou by a final score of 5-2. With his family from Texas in attendance, junior RHP Dylan Smith finally earned a "W" and completely shut down the Tiger offense for eight straight innings in his record-setting outing.
After the series-clinching win, coach Brad Bohannon said, "Obviously, the story of the game today is about Dylan Smith... That's a pretty special outing. I was less than interested in going to the bullpen early today, so he did a great job."
There were lots of smiles for and from RHP Dylan "Da Real Deal" Smith as he walked off of the mound in Sewell-Thomas Stadium in the 8th inning on Saturday. The junior Texas native managed to only give up 2 runs on 8.0 innings of work and set his new career-high strikeout number to 11 K's in one outing. Smith reached 111 pitches thrown, another personal record, before the decision was made to go to the bullpen to start the 9th inning.
Redshirt sophomore RHP Landon Green earned his second save of the year and used only 11 pitches in the 9th to officially close the books on game 2.
On the offensive side, despite having 5 runs off of 11 hits, Bohannon said, "We were a little inefficient offensively and left some meat on the bone."
Alabama's only home run of the day came from sophomore Tuscaloosa-native William Hamiter who managed to go 2-for-3, including a walk. Junior infielder Drew Williamson was offensively perfect in the second matchup, going 3-for-3 with two runs and a walk for good measure. However, four batters for the Crimson Tide went "0-fer" on Saturday and were never able to make it on base: Peyton Wilson, Zane Denton, Owen Diodati, and Caden Rose.
Before Saturday's matchup, Wilson and Denton lead the team - ironically tied - with a batting average of .313.
Alabama has a chance to sweep the series - what would be their second SEC series sweep in 2021 - in game three against the Missouri Tigers Sunday, May 2 at noon. According to the athletics department memo sent out Friday, Bama's mid-week road game against Samford Tuesday, May 4 has been canceled and it's unclear whether the matchup will be rescheduled.
The next appearance for the Crimson Tide will come in a three-game road test against the No. 2 Vanderbilt Commodores, starting with game one Friday, May 7 at 6:30 PM CST.
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