Alabama Outlasts UAB in Extra Innings on Tuesday, 9-7

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The Tide crossed three runs on four hits in the 10th to pick up its first road win of the season

2/27/2024

TUSCALOOSA, AL –
Alabama baseball scored three runs in the 10th inning to come away with a 9-7 win over UAB on Tuesday evening at Regions Field. The 15th-ranked Crimson Tide is now 9-0 on the year.

UAB gained a 4-0 advantage after two innings of play, plating one in the first and three in the second. Both teams stayed scoreless until the fifth when a two-run homer from Bryce Eblin cut the lead in half. Two innings later, TJ McCants tied things up with a two-run shot of his own. The Tide added two more in the eighth, but one Blazer run in the home half followed by a second tally in the ninth sent the game to extras.

The Crimson Tide wasted no time in extras, scoring three runs in the top of the 10th. Singles from Eblin and Justin Lebron set the stage for Gage Miller, who picked up his third hit of the night with a double to right, scoring Eblin and putting a pair in scoring position. One out later, Ian Petrutz singled through the left side to add another run and move men to the corners. Following a second out, a wild pitch brought in a final tally for the three-run advantage. UAB would get one run back in the bottom of the 10th, but a strikeout looking ended things in favor of the Crimson Tide, 9-7.

Alabama's offense was spread across the lineup with seven of the nine starters recording at least one hit. Miller, Mason Swinney, Eblin and Lebron all posted three-hit nights to lead the bats. Miller was joined by McCants and Eblin with each player contributing a team-high two RBI apiece.

Matthew Heiberger (1-0) notched the win, allowing one run on one hit and a walk with three strikeouts over the final 1.2 frames. The Crimson Tide was able to keep things close thanks to an impressive effort from Tyler Fay. The redshirt freshman was first out of the bullpen and contributed 3.2 scoreless frames with two strikeouts to keep UA within striking distance.

From Head Coach Rob Vaughn
"We swung the bats all night. We were slamming some baseballs, sometimes it seemed like they were either right at somebody, the wind killed it or they caught it right at the wall – and that's baseball, sometimes things like that are going to happen. The good thing was that we kept going, we didn't panic. It was a little bit of an emotional and chippy game, and I thought there were times that we got a little bit outside of ourselves, but we were able to bring that emotion back in and get a tough, gritty win."

How It Happened
  • B1 | The Blazers got on the board first with a two-out RBI-double. (1-0, UAB)
  • B2 | UAB crossed three runs on two hits to widen the gap. (4-0, UAB)
  • T5 | With one away in the inning, Mac Guscette reached at first by way of an error. Bryce Eblin then sent a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right to cut the lead in half. (4-2, UAB)
  • T7 | Gage Miller reached with a two-out hit-by-pitch. After a UAB pitching change, TJ McCants blasted his sixth homer of the season to the opposite field, deadlocking the game at four apiece. (4-4)
  • T8 | Mason Swinney roped a one-out single to center that slipped underneath the fielder's glove, allowing him to race all the way to third. With the infield in, Guscette sent an RBI-single through the middle. After a flyout, Justin Lebron singled to left to move Guscette into scoring position. Miller was next, singling through the left side to plate the Tide's catcher. (6-4, Alabama)
  • B8 | Gavin Lewis Jr. hit a solo homer for UAB. (6-5, Alabama)
  • B9 | After a single and a walk started off the inning, a groundout to first allowed the tying run to cross for the Blazers. (6-6)
  • T10 | Eblin and Lebron led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Miller then sent the first pitch he saw down the line in right for an RBI-double, scoring Eblin and putting two in scoring position. One batter later, Ian Petrutz slapped an RBI-single through the left side to cross Lebron and advance Miller to third, where he would eventually come home on a wild pitch. (9-6, Alabama)
  • B10 | A leadoff walk followed by a single put runners on the corners. A one-out 5-3 groundout then crossed one for the Blazers. (9-7, Alabama)
Postgame Notes
  • Alabama has now won 18 straight games in the month of February with the last loss coming on Feb. 27, 2021.
  • Tonight's extra-innings game was the first time the Tide has gone into extras since May 24 of last season against Florida in the SEC Tournament.
  • UA's offense has registered double-digit hits in seven of the nine games this season.
  • Seven of Alabama's nine starters recorded at least one hit on the night.
  • With his 1-for-5 effort, TJ McCants extended his hitting streak to nine games. Over the current stretch, the senior is batting .400 (14-35) with three doubles, one triple, six homers, 19 RBI, 12 runs scored, five walks, a hit-by-pitch and four stolen bases.
  • Gage Miller extended his hitting streak to eight games. Over the streak, the junior is batting .485 (16-33) with two doubles, five home runs, 16 RBI, 16 runs, one walk and two hit-by-pitch.
  • Evan Sleight's hitting streak ended at six games. Over the streak, the graduate batted .476 (10-21) with three doubles, a home run, six RBI, three runs, three walks and a hit-by-pitch.
The Crimson Tide will continue on the road this weekend, traveling to Texas to compete in the Frisco Classic. Alabama will open with 21st-ranked Indiana on Friday, scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch. Saturday's contest will pit the Tide against Arizona with a 4 p.m. start. The weekend finale on Sunday against 23rd-ranked Dallas Baptist and is slated for 4 p.m. All three games will stream live on D1Baseball.com.

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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