Diamond Notes : Alabama Walks Off Lipscomb, 2-1, in Extra Innings

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A wild pitch helped the Crimson Tide continue their undefeated start to the season

3/6/2020

TUSCALOOSA, AL –
Alabama baseball walked off Lipscomb, 2-1, in the 13th inning of Friday's series opener at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The 25th-ranked Crimson Tide are now a perfect 14-0 on the season.

Alabama was first on the board on Friday, putting up one run in the third before Lipscomb matched with a run in the top of the seventh. The two teams then went scoreless until the bottom of the 13th when a wild pitch with the bases loaded allowed junior Jackson Tate to score from third and walk it off for UA.

The Tide used four arms to total 24 strikeouts – a new program record – while allowing just three total hits, the fewest by any Alabama opponent this season. Freshman starter Connor Prielipp was impressive once again, allowing only two hits while striking out 11 across 6.0 frames before his night was through.

Another impressive outing from the bullpen kept Alabama in the game after Prielipp's departure. Sophomore Chase Lee led the effort, working a career-long 5.1 innings and issuing just two walks while punching out a career-best eight in the process. Brock Guffey (3-0) followed, with the junior contributing 1.2 frames and using the strikeout for all five of his outs. The bullpen combined to allow just one hit after the fifth inning.

The offensive effort was led by Brett Auerbach. The senior finished 4-for-7 with a run scored. Alabama's 4-5-6 hitters in redshirt sophomore Sam Praytor and sophomores Drew Williamson and T.J. Reeves all contributed two hits apiece, including Williamson's double, with Praytor notching an RBI.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon

"The pitching on both ends was just outstanding. I thought Scott Elgin, their starter – he's a Hoover kid, played at one of the best programs in our state – he was fabulous. Obviously, Connor Prielipp matched him. I just can't say enough about what Chase Lee and Brock Guffey did out of the bullpen; obviously they were the story of the game. We limited them to one hit after the fifth inning and punched them out 24 times – that's just an unbelievable effort. We've got a really good offense; I don't know if we weren't quite dialed tonight, but my cap's off to the pitchers."

How It Happened

  • B3 | Auerbach singled with one down to give the Tide a baserunner. An error allowed the next batter to reach, moving Auerbach to second before a fielder's choice sent the senior to third. An RBI-single through the left side from Praytor in the next at-bat got UA on the board first. (1-0, Alabama)
  • T7 | A walk started the inning for Lipscomb before an error allowed the next batter to reach and moved the leadoff man to third. A fielder's choice followed, bringing in the man from third to even things up heading to the stretch. (1-1)
  • B13 | Tate singled to begin the inning. Jim Jarvis followed with a walk as the freshman pushed Tate into scoring position. A bunt single by Auerbach loaded them up and brought a new batter to the plate. In that at-bat, a wild pitch scored Tate from third to walk it off for the Crimson Tide. (2-1, Alabama)
Postgame Notes

  • Alabama is 14-0 to begin the 2020 campaign which is the best start under head coach Brad Bohannon, surpassing the 2018 squad's 9-0 start to the year. The 14-0 mark is the second-best start to a season in program history. The Alabama all-time mark for wins to begin a season is 15 which was accomplished by the 1997 squad.
  • The 14-game winning streak is the longest under Bohannon. The 14-game stretch is the standalone fifth-longest winning streak overall in program history. Three teams have won 15 consecutive games, most recently being that start to the 1997 season. The program's all-time mark for consecutive wins at any point is 16 by the 1999 team from May 7-June 10 of that year.
  • Tonight's game lasted 4:14 to rank as the 10th longest game by minutes in program history.
  • The Crimson Tide pitchers combined for a program-record 24 strikeouts. The previous record for strikeouts in a game was 19 against Georgia on March 31, 2016 (13 innings).
  • Alabama's pitchers allowed only three hits, the lowest in any game this season. The previous low was four, which had been accomplished multiple times and most recently against South Alabama on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Connor Prielipp totaled 11 strikeouts for a new season-high total. His previous high was nine in last weekend's matchup with Harvard on Feb. 28.
  • Prielipp's 11-strikeout performance is the first 10-plus strikeout effort since Brock Love recorded 11 in game two of the doubleheader at South Alabama on March 2, 2019.
  • Chase Lee pitched a career-long 5.1 innings in tonight's game. His previous long outing was 2.1 frames which he worked four times last season, most recently at Auburn on May 5.
  • Lee added a career-high eight strikeouts. His previous high for Ks was four, which both came this season and most recently on Feb. 29 against Harvard.
  • With his 2-for-6 showing, Sam Praytor extended his hitting streak to eight games. Across the streak, Praytor is batting .414 (12-29) with a double, three home runs, eight RBI, eight runs scored, four walks and five hit-by-pitch.
  • T.J. Reeves' 2-for-6 night moved his hitting streak to five games. Across that stretch, Reeves is batting .364 (8-22) with a double, a home run, three RBI, five runs, two walks, three hit-by-pitch and a stolen base.
  • Reeves has also reached base safely in his last 25 games dating back to May 4, 2019.
  • Following tonight's 4-for-7 game, Brett Auerbach has recorded a hit in five straight games. During that stretch, Auerbach is batting .440 (11-25) with two doubles, a home run, four RBI, seven runs scored, four walks and a stolen base.
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Alabama looks to claim the series on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. CT. The Crimson Tide will call on sophomore right-hander Connor Shamblin in the start while the Bisons look to junior lefty Max Habegger. Fans can catch game two of the series live on SEC Network+.

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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