Adams’ Brilliant Outing Leads Alabama to 5-0 Shutout of Top-Ranked Arkansas

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The freshman worked 8.0 scoreless frames and allowed just four hits and a walk to go with five strikeouts

4/14/2024

TUSCALOOSA, AL –
Alabama leaned on starter Zane Adams on Sunday afternoon, securing a 5-0 shutout victory over top-ranked Arkansas at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The series-clinching win moved the 16th-ranked Crimson Tide to 24-12 on the season and 6-9 in Southeastern Conference play.

Adams (3-2) earned the win on Sunday, tossing a gem in the start. The freshman worked 8.0 scoreless frames with only four hits and a walk to go with five strikeouts. He was followed by Alton Davis II, who posted a scoreless ninth with a walk and a strikeout to secure the shutout.

Alabama's offense provided Adams with all the support he would need, scoring one in the third, two in the seventh and adding a pair for insurance in the eighth. The Tide bats registered 10 hits against the Razorbacks with four players contributing two-hit games. Bryce Eblin led the way, finishing 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored. He was joined by TJ McCants, Ian Petrutz and Kade Snell, who also added two-hit days.

From Head Coach Rob Vaughn
"It was pretty simple today – it's about Zane Adams. This young pup had a tough outing last start on the road, wasn't as sharp as he usually is, and God bless he was awesome out there today. He had really electric stuff, threw tons of strikes and had unbelievable composure."

How It Happened
  • B3 | A pair of one-out singles from Mac Guscette and Bryce Eblin put runners on the corners. One out later, Ian Petrutz singled through the right side to score Guscette. (1-0, Alabama)
  • B7 | Evan Sleight was hit by a pitch and came home one out later on a two-run homer to right by Eblin. (3-0, Alabama)
  • B8 | A leadoff double from Kade Snell followed by a single off the bat of TJ McCants put two in scoring position to start the eighth. Sleight then added one with a sacrifice fly. During the next at-bat, McCants stole third with the throw going into left field to allow him to score on the play. (5-0, Alabama)
Postgame Notes
  • The series win over No. 1 Arkansas was the Tide's first series victory over the nation's top-ranked team since March 14-15, 2009, against Georgia.
  • Today's shutout of the top-ranked Hogs is the Crimson Tide's first shutout victory over the nation's No. 1 team in program history.
  • Alabama handed Arkansas its first shutout since June 23, 2022, when the Hogs fell to eventual national champions Ole Miss, 2-0, at the College World Series.
  • The Tide's shutout was its first over a ranked team since June 4, 2023, against Boston College in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional. It is also the first shutout against a ranked SEC team since May 23 of last year when UA downed Kentucky, 4-0, in the SEC Tournament.
  • Alabama shut out Arkansas for the first time in the series since March 23, 2019, in Tuscaloosa.
  • The shutout was the Crimson Tide's fifth this season and first since March 1 against then-No. 21 Indiana at the Frisco Classic. The five shutouts are tied for the 11th most in Alabama single-season history.
  • Zane Adams' 8.0 innings pitched are the most by a Crimson Tide starter this season. The previous high was 5.1 frames on three different occasions, most recently by Ben Hess at Kentucky last Friday.
  • Alabama's offense totaled 10 hits on the day. It marked the 23rd time the Tide has recorded double-digit hits this season.
  • Gage Miller has reached base safely in all 35 games that he has played in. That is believed to be the longest reached base streak to start a season other than Jeremy Brown's program-record 50 games to open the 2001 campaign.
  • Miller's 35-game streak is also believed to be the fourth-longest reached base streak in program history. It trails only Taylor Dugas' 46-game (2011-12) and 47-game (March 14-May 29, 2010) streaks along with Brown's program record of 50 games.
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Alabama will return to the diamond on Tuesday as the Crimson Tide hosts UAB at The Joe. The midweek matchup is scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch with the game airing on SEC Network+.

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