Early Offense Too Much for Alabama Baseball in 12-3 Loss to No. 9 Arkansas
Alabama baseball suffered a 12-3 loss at the hands of ninth-ranked Arkansas on Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Following the series opener, the Crimson Tide is 18-5 on the season and 1-3 in Southeastern Conference play.
“It was a really tough night for us,” said Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon. “The game got away from us there in the second inning and, in Arkansas’ credit, they put a lot of good swings on the ball. (Sam) Finnerty wasn’t sharp; he has been great every time this year and this just wasn’t his night. It was just a tough night for us. The whole key is that we don’t bring it to the park tomorrow.”
Arkansas scored one in the first before putting up six in the second and another single tally in the third to put the game out of reach. The Razorbacks widened their lead with two apiece in both the eighth and the ninth to end their scoring at 12. Alabama was able to post three runs in the ninth, but the late rally was not enough in the end.
Earning the win on Friday was Arkansas starter Isaiah Campbell (5-0), with the right-hander tossing 7.0 scoreless frames. Campbell allowed five hits and issued one walk while striking out seven Tide hitters. Alabama starter Sam Finnerty (4-2) suffered the loss.
The Crimson Tide will look to even the series on Saturday when the two teams meet at The Joe for a 2 p.m. CT first pitch. Alabama will look to redshirt junior Brock Love, a right-hander, for the start while the Hogs counter with freshman right-hander Connor Noland in game two. Fans can catch all the action live on SEC Network+.
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