Diamond Notes : Alabama Completes the Doubleheader Sweep of UNLV on Friday

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The Crimson Tide shut out the Rebels, 8-0, in game one before completing the comeback in game two for a 5-4 win

2/21/2020

LAS VEGAS, NV –
Alabama baseball finished Friday's doubleheader with a two-game sweep and clinched the series win over UNLV. The Crimson Tide took game one by a score of 8-0 before a late-game comeback helped UA to a 5-4 victory in the day's second matchup. Following the pair of wins, Alabama is now 6-0 on the season.

Game One

Freshman Connor Prielipp shined once again, posting a dominant performance to help Alabama baseball to an 8-0 win in game one of Friday's doubleheader.

Prielipp (2-0) shined once again on Friday, striking out a season-high eight and walking just one while retiring 14 straight before allowing the free pass. The left-hander worked 5.0 frames and then handed it over to the duo of sophomore Tyler Ras and junior Ryan O'Connell. Ras contributed 3.0 innings with a strikeout while O'Connell finished things off, working the home half of the ninth.

Alabama's bats produced nine hits, including three solo home runs. Two of the solo homers came from redshirt sophomore Sam Praytor. The Tide catcher finished a perfect 3-for-3 with two roundtrippers, two RBI, a pair of runs scored and an intentional walk. The other solo home run came from Brett Auerbach. The senior went 1-for-4 with two RBI, a pair of runs and his team-leading fourth stolen base of the season.

How It Happened

  • T2 | Praytor launched his first home run of the season, a solo shot deep to left to give the Tide an early lead. (1-0, Alabama)
  • T3 | T.J. Reeves delivered a two-out single to right, scoring Auerbach from second. The ball snuck under the Rebel right fielder's glove, allowing the sophomore Reeves to motor around and cross home. (3-0, Alabama)
  • T5 | Kolby Robinson kicked off the inning with a double down the line in left. Following a flyout to move the senior to third, a sac fly from Auerbach brought in another UA tally. (4-0, Alabama)
  • T6 | Praytor continued his hot day, sending another solo home run deep to left. (5-0, Alabama)
  • T8 | Auerbach put a ball deep over the scoreboard in left for his first homer of the day and the Crimson Tide's third solo shot in game one. Reeves delivered a double in the next at-bat before a fielding error put runners on the corners. An intentional walk of Praytor loaded the bases before a sacrifice fly from freshman Owen Diodati brought in another run. Fellow freshman Zane Denton immediately followed with a sac fly of his own to score one more and cap the scoring. (8-0, Alabama)
Postgame Notes

  • The Alabama arms pitched their third shutout in five games this season.
  • Connor Prielipp struck out eight in his 5.0 innings of work. He has now totaled 15 strikeouts across 9.0 combined innings of work in two starts.
  • Prielipp carried a no-hitter during his time on the hill.
  • Ryan O'Connell made his first appearance as a member of the Crimson Tide.
  • Sam Praytor recorded two home runs on the day. It was his first career two-homer performance and Alabama's second two-home run game this season. Owen Diodati also homered twice on Opening Day.
  • Praytor finished a perfect 3-for-3 with two home runs, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk.
  • ATTENDANCE: N/A
Game Two

A ninth-inning, game winning home run from junior Jackson Tate completed the comeback as the Tide came away with a 5-4 win in the day's second game.

Alabama took a 1-0 lead after one but was matched in the home half by UNLV. The Tide added single tallies in the second and third but were countered once again by the Rebels, making it a 3-3 contest after three full. In the fourth, UNLV took a one-run lead before both teams went quiet until the eighth. In that eighth inning, Alabama was able to tie things up and then used the Tate homer in the ninth to move ahead for good.

The bullpen kept the Tide in the game. Casey Cobb was first to enter, working 2.0 innings of scoreless baseball with four strikeouts. The senior was followed by junior Brock Guffey (1-0) who picked up his first win of the season with 1.0 scoreless frame, using just 10 pitches to get out of the inning. Chase Lee entered for the save as the sophomore recorded a strikeout and two groundouts to send the Tide home with a Friday sweep.

How It Happened

  • T1 | Auerbach led the game off with a double to right-center. One out later, junior Tyler Gentry singled to put runners on the corners. In the next at-bat, Praytor delivered a sacrifice fly to left to give the Crimson Tide the early lead. (1-0, Alabama)
  • B1 | A fielding error began the inning for the Rebels. The runner eventually came around to score on a single to even things up after one. (1-1)
  • T2 | With Tate on the run from first, Robinson delivered a double to left-center to put UA in front once again. (2-1, Alabama)
  • T3 | Auerbach notched a leadoff walk and then put himself in scoring position with a stolen base. A groundout moved the senior to third before an RBI-double by Gentry widened the gap. (3-1, Alabama)
  • B3 | Back-to-back one-out singles put two aboard before a groundout moved the runners into scoring position. A Rebel single in the next at-bat crossed two to make it a tie ballgame. (3-3)
  • B4 | The UNLV leadoff man walked and came around one out later thanks to an RBI-double, giving the Rebels their first lead of the day. (4-3, UNLV)
  • T8 | Reeves drew a one-out walk to give UA a runner. A single moved him to second before a wild pitch put the sophomore at third. An infield groundout cut down Praytor but also allowed Reeves to move home for the tying run. (4-4)
  • T9 | Tate led off the inning by sending a 2-0 pitch over the wall in right for the opposite field, go-ahead home run. (5-4, Alabama)
Postgame Notes

  • Brock Guffey picked up his second career win. His last victory came on Feb. 24, 2018, against Washington State in his second career appearance on the mound.
  • Chase Lee recorded his second save of the season in back-to-back games. Lee had previously pitched in 22 games before his last two outings as the closer.
  • Kolby Robinson's 2-for-4 day extended his hitting streak to five games, the longest by any member of the Crimson Tide this season. Across those five games, Robinson is batting .389 (7-18) with a team-high tying three doubles to go with three RBI, two runs scored and two hit-by-pitch.
  • Jackson Tate has homered in back-to-back games. He is the first member of the Crimson Tide to do so this season.
  • ATTENDANCE: 696

The Crimson Tide and Rebels will return to the diamond on Sunday with a 12:05 p.m. CT first pitch. Alabama will look to freshman left-hander Antoine Jean for the start while UNLV counters with fellow freshman Josh Sharman, also a lefty. Fans can watch the series finale live on YouTube.

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


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