Diamond Notes : Alabama Downs Alabama State, 10-3, on Wednesday Afternoon

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The Crimson Tide used a pair of four-run innings to help secure the midweek win


A pair of four-run innings helped Alabama baseball secure the 10-3 win over Alabama State on Wednesday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the victory, the Crimson Tide improves to 4-0 on the season.

Alabama jumped out to a four-run lead after one inning, added two in the third and then piled on four more in the bottom of the eighth to lock down the midweek victory. The offense combined to score a season-high tying 10 runs on eight hits and six walks, led by the Tide's 5-6-7 hitters in junior Tyler Gentry and freshmen Owen Diodati and Zane Denton. The group combined for five of UA's eight hits in addition to contributing five RBI and three runs scored.

Reliever Dylan Smith (1-0) got the win out of the bullpen thanks to 2.0 scoreless frames that included two strikeouts. Redshirt freshman Landon Green and redshirt junior Garret Rukes each worked a scoreless frame in the final two innings to ensure the victory.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon

"We won 10-3 today and did some good things. When you play 56 games – baseball is hard; it's a hard sport. Hitting is hard. Pitching is hard. The pitchers don't have a joystick, so I don't want to make too much out of (tonight's performance). I'm really glad to get the win. We're 4-0. I just want us to keep it going in a positive direction."

How It Happened

  • B1 | Brett Auerbach led the game off with a walk. The senior then stole second to put himself in scoring position. After a strikeout and walk, Gentry doubled to score a pair and give Alabama its first runs of the game. Diodati followed, singling to left-center to put runners on the corners for UA. A wild pitch moved Gentry to home while Diodati advanced two bases to third. An infield groundout in the next at-bat crossed the freshman and ended the Crimson Tide's scoring sequence. (4-0, Alabama)
  • T2 | A two-out single to right put the Hornets on the board. (4-1, Alabama)
  • B3 | T.J. Reeves walked to lead off the third and was followed by Drew Williamson to put two aboard with none down. A wild pitch moved the sophomores into scoring position and one out later, Diodati sent a single through the right side to score Reeves. Following an ASU pitching change, Denton sent a sacrifice fly to left to score Williamson and add a second run in the frame. (6-1, Alabama)
  • T7 | The Hornets drew a leadoff walk before sending a two-run home run over the wall in left to cut deficit in half. (6-3, Alabama)
  • B8 | Denton led off the frame with a double to center. ASU then went to the bullpen, but the new arm was greeted with an RBI-double down the line in left from freshman Myles Austin. After a wild pitch, fellow freshman Peyton Wilson dropped a ball in front of the Hornets' right fielder to score Austin and increase the lead. With Wilson still on base, Jackson Tate sent a ball over the wall in deep left-center for the junior's first home run of the season. (10-3, Alabama)
Postgame Notes

  • Dylan Smith earned his first career win in today's game. It was his 15th career appearance.
  • The Crimson Tide matched its season-high total for runs with 10 in today's contest.
  • Alabama 5-6-7 hitters combined to go 5-for-11 with two doubles, five RBI and three runs scored.
  • With his two walks in today's game, T.J. Reeves has now reached base safely in 14 straight games dating back to May 4, 2019.
  • ATTENDANCE: 2,268

The Crimson Tide will hit the road this weekend, traveling to Las Vegas, Nev., to take on UNLV. The weekend will begin with an 8:05 p.m. CT first pitch on Friday followed by a 4:05 p.m. start on Saturday. Alabama's series finale with the Rebels is slated for 12:05 p.m. on getaway day. All three games can be seen through UNLV's YouTube channel.

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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