First-year coach Rob Vaughn's Alabama baseball got some late offense to pull away from a pesky Middle Tennessee for a 6-1 win Tuesday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the victory, the Crimson Tide is now 4-0 on the season.

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Alabama took an early lead with a two-run third inning, but that lead was cut in half when Middle Tennessee got on the board with one run in the fourth. The Tide bounced right back with a run in the fifth before adding a single tally in the seventh followed by a two-run eighth to pull away for the 6-1 final.

The two-run eighth was highlighted by back-to-back home runs from second baseman Bryce Eblin and third sacker Gage Miller. Eblin led the Crimson Tide offense, as his stat sheet showed a 2-for-3 effort that included a triple, the homer, one RBI, a walk, one stolen base and a team-high three runs scored. Also homering was center fielder TJ McCants, who added a walk, one run and a team-leading three RBI.

Alabama’s pitching staff was outstanding. Greg Farone got the start, tossing 2.2 scoreless frames with a walk and five strikeouts before turning it over to the bullpen. Zane Probst was first out followed by Austin Morris (1-0), who earned the win with 3.0 scoreless innings and four punchouts compared to only one hit. Braylon Myers then closed things out for his first save of the season, tossing 2.0 scoreless with one hit and three strikeouts.

Vaughn said, “Greg Farone was great, and Zane Probst competed his tail off for us. Austin Morris was also great, and then Braylon Myers came in and was outstanding. When you throw the ball like that, it gives your offense a chance when you’re trying to find your way a little bit, it gives you some time. This wasn’t the game where you go out and score 15 and bully someone off the field, but it was a really competitive game, and we’ll take the win.”

The Tide is right back at it Wednesday afternoon against Alabama State at 4 PM CT. You can hear that game on Tide 100.9 and 1230 AM WTBC.

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