Diamond Notes : Freshmen Shine in Alabama’s 10-0 Shutout of Northeastern on Opening Day

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Owen Diodati led the offense while Connor Prielipp got the win on Friday

2/14/2020

TUSCALOOSA, AL –
Alabama baseball blanked Northeastern, 10-0, on Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium thanks to major contributions from the Crimson Tide's freshmen. The win improves UA to 3-0 on Opening Day under head coach Brad Bohannon.

Alabama's offense rallied for 10 runs on 12 hits and nine walks. Owen Diodati shined as the freshman notched two home runs to go with a team-high three RBI and four runs scored. He also added a pair of walks to his line.

On the mound, freshman Connor Prielipp, redshirt freshman Landon Green and sophomores Tyler Ras and Dylan Smith combined to blank the Huskies. Prielipp (1-0) got the win, as the freshman tossed 4.0 innings of one-hit baseball with seven strikeouts. Ras followed with 3.0 innings while Green and Smith each worked one frame to secure the victory. The group totaled 11 strikeouts while allowing just four hits on the afternoon.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon

"The first thing that I would like to say is what an awesome crowd, especially out in right field. I thought the student turnout was outstanding. It was awesome for (Owen) Diodati hitting a couple of souvenirs out there. This was a really good first day for us. We certainly weren't perfect, but a lot of guys contributed. Connor (Prielipp) did a great job with getting us a start on the mound, and we had a lot of hard contact throughout the lineup. I'm just really pleased to get off to the good start."

How It Happened

  • B1 | Sophomore T.J. Reeves was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With the runner in scoring position, junior Tyler Gentry doubled down the third base line to bring in Reeves for the Crimson Tide's first run of the year. (1-0, Alabama)
  • B2 | Diodati led off the frame with a walk and moved into scoring position one out later on a wild pitch. A pair of walks pushed the freshman to third before a passed ball on strike three allowed Diodati to cross the plate, doubling UA's lead. (2-0, Alabama)
  • B3 | Drew Williamson led things off with a triple off the wall in center. The sophomore crossed one batter later when freshman Zane Denton sent a liner through the right side. Following a Northeastern pitching change, Diodati sent a shot deep to right for a two-run home run. (5-0, Alabama)
  • B7 | The Crimson Tide added four more. A bases-loaded walk by freshman Jim Jarvis brought in the first run before a NU pitching change. Senior Brett Auerbach followed with a single up the middle cross another tally. One out later, pinch-hitter Jackson Tate singled through the left side to give the junior an RBI and add to the Tide lead. A sacrifice fly from freshman Peyton Wilson in the next at-bat brought in Alabama's final run of the frame to push the lead to nine. (9-0, Alabama)
  • B8 | Diodati recorded his second home run of the night, a solo shot to right. (10-0, Alabama)
Postgame Notes

  • The Crimson Tide shut out Northeastern in today's game. It was the Crimson Tide's first shutout in a season-opener since 2015 when UA blanked Maryland Eastern Shore, 6-0, in Hoover.
  • Connor Prielipp made his collegiate debut on Friday. He became the first freshman to start a season opener since Taylor Guilbeau in 2012. Prielipp and Guilbeau are the only two freshmen to start a season-opening game for Alabama since freshmen were allowed to play Division I baseball (1968).
  • Prielipp is also the first freshman to win a season-opener in Crimson Tide history.
  • Landon Green made his Crimson Tide debut. The redshirt freshman missed all of last season after undergoing season-ending surgery prior to the start of the 2019 campaign.
  • All nine Alabama starters recorded at least one hit on the night.
  • The Tide drew nine walks, the most since UA recorded 11 against Maine on March 19, 2019.
  • Owen Diodati recorded Alabama's first home run of the season. The freshman sent a two-run shot to right in the bottom of the third.
  • Diodati homered twice in today's game. The two-homer performance was the first by a Tide hitter since Gentry and Reeves each homered twice at Samford last season on April 9.
  • The freshman designated hitter also recorded four runs. Diodati's four runs scored are the most by a single player since Keith Holcombe had four against Valparaiso on Feb. 18, 2018.
  • Brett Auerbach recorded a career-high three walks in today's contest. His previous high was two which he accomplished on seven occasions, most recently against Georgia on May 17, 2019.
  • ATTENDANCE: 3,409

Alabama and Northeastern return to the field on Saturday for game two of the series. The Crimson Tide will look to sophomore right-hander Connor Shamblin for the series win while the Huskies call on junior righty Sam Jacobsak to even things up. Fans can catch all the action 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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