Alabama Falls, 7-5, to No. 23 Dallas Baptist in Extra Innings

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The Tide suffered its first loss of the season in the Friso Classic finale

3/3/2024

FRISCO, TX –
Alabama baseball suffered a 7-5 loss to No. 23 Dallas Baptist in extra innings on Sunday afternoon at Riders Field. The 15th-ranked Crimson Tide finished 2-1 in the Frisco Classic and is now 11-1 on the year.

Dallas Baptist was first to strike with one in the top of the second, but Alabama countered with a three-spot in the home half. The Patriots answered with one run in the third to cut the lead in half, but the Tide added two more in the fourth to make it a 5-2 affair after four. DBU then tied things up with one run in the fifth and two in the sixth before both teams went scoreless the rest of regulation, sending it to extras. In the 12th, Dallas Baptist was able to retake the lead with two runs. Alabama reached a pair of runners with two down in the home half to bring the winning run to the plate, but a strikeout ended the rally.

Mac Guscette led the offense with a 3-for-6 day that included a double and two runs scored. TJ McCants and Justin Lebron tied for the team lead in RBI with two apiece while Lebron and Evan Sleight each homered to round out the offense.

Tyler Schott (1-0) got the win for Dallas Baptist while Nick Wilson picked up the save, his second of the season. Coulson Buchanan (0-1) suffered the loss.

From Head Coach Rob Vaughn
"We competed; we just weren't good enough to win tonight. We didn't deserve to win today, (Dallas Baptist) deserved it. They got big swings in big spots, they capitalized on some of our mistakes and sometimes that happens. It was a good game, we just ended up on the wrong side of it. We've got an opportunity to bounce back on Tuesday against Jacksonville State and be a better version of ourselves then."

How It Happened
  • T2 | The Patriots employed the double steal to bring in the game's first run. (1-0, Dallas Baptist)
  • B2 | Evan Sleight tied things up with a solo home run to center. The Tide then loaded the bases with two down for TJ McCants, with the senior finding a hole on the left side for a two-run single. (3-1, Alabama)
  • T3 | Alex Pendergast led off with a solo home run to cut the lead in half. (3-2, Alabama)
  • B4 | Mac Guscette singled to start the inning and came home one out later thanks to a home run from Justin Lebron. (5-2, Alabama)
  • T5 | Grant Jay sent a solo homer to left. (5-3, Alabama)
  • T6 | An error allowed one to reach, setting up a two-run homer from Chayton Krauss in the next at-bat. (5-5)
  • T12 | A solo homer from Jay, his second of the day, put the Patriots in front. (6-5, Dallas Baptist)
Postgame Notes
  • The UA pitching staff tallied a season-high 16 punchouts and has struck out double-digit batters in eight matchups this season, including all three games of the Frisco Classic.
  • Alabama's offense finished with 11 hits and has registered double-digit hits in 10 of the 12 games this season.
  • Alabama has homered in 10 straight games dating back to Feb. 18.
  • TJ McCants finished 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to all 12 games. Over the current stretch, the senior is batting .404 (19-47) with five doubles, one triple, six homers, 21 RBI, 14 runs scored, nine walks, a hit-by-pitch and four stolen bases.
  • Gage Miller finished 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Over the streak, the junior is batting .444 (20-45) with two doubles, five home runs, 18 RBI, 18 runs, one walk and five hit-by-pitch.
  • Mason Swinney's hitting streak ended at six games. Across the streak, Swinney batted .429 (9-21) with two doubles, three RBI, seven runs, five walks and a hit-by-pitch.
Alabama will return to Tuscaloosa to begin a five-game homestand at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide will first host Jacksonville State on Tuesday, March 5 followed by a matchup with Troy on Wednesday. Both contests are set for a 4 p.m. CT first pitch on SEC Network+.

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabmaBSB on X/Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook at Alabama Baseball. General athletic news can be found at UA_Athletics on X/Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.


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