UA Baseball Stays Perfect In Walk-Off Fashion
In a nail-biter that had Bama baseball fans worried, down 3-0, through six innings, Alabama fought back with two home runs in the last two frames to walk-off with their second win of the season over the McNeese State Cowboys, 4-3.
The winning blast, a solo shot into the right-field student bleachers, was raked in by the big 3B Zane Denton who went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI's on his own 20th birthday. The other home run, which was arguably just as important, knotted the game up at 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth when sophomore RF Owen Diodati knocked home a 2-run bomb. While Alabama's bats weren't as hot as they were on Opening Day, the team showed today that pressure didn't matter and produced when it counted. The big takeaway from the offensive side through Bama's first two games would have to be the long ball. With four home runs in just two games, power looks like the priority in T-Town.
Alabama's help from the bullpen was far more substantial than it was in the opening game and completely shut down the Cowboys' bats after the 6th inning. Sophomore LHP Antoine Jean received the starting nod for the Tide, his first of the season, and went 3.0 innings allowing no runs and just one hit with four strikeouts. In relief, junior RHPJacob McNairy gave up the three hits that would give McNeese the early lead despite also notching four strikeouts. The Alabama native RHP Brandon Green came in for the 7th & 8th innings and managed to strikeout four of the six total batters he faced before handing the ball over to junior RHP Chase Lee to close out the afternoon.
Alabama Baseball is a perfect 2-0 on the 2021 campaign and plays the third and last game against the McNeese State Cowboys tomorrow, February 21, at 1:00 pm in Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
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