Diamond Notes : Impressive Pitching, Big Innings Lead Alabama to 8-0 Shutout of Northeastern on Saturday

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The Tide arms allowed four hits while the offense tallied double-digit hits for a second straight day

2/15/2020

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –
Another day of impressive pitching, combined with big offensive innings, led Alabama baseball to an 8-0 shutout of Northeastern on Saturday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide secured the series victory and improved to 2-0 on the young season.

Connor Shamblin (1-0) was impressive in his first start of 2020, tossing 5.0 innings of three-hit baseball while striking out five and walking just one. The sophomore was followed by Casey Cobb, with the senior contributing 2.0 scoreless frames and three punchouts before turning the ball over to redshirt junior Garret Rukes for one and junior Brock Guffey for a final clean frame.

The offense struck early for five runs across the first two frames. Alabama added insurance late with two in the seventh and one in the eight to help secure the victory. The Tide bats totaled 12 hits, led by three-hit efforts from Tyler Gentry and Sam Praytor. Gentry, a junior, finished 3-for-4 with a team-high tying two RBI and paced UA in runs scored with a pair. Praytor contributed a 3-for-5 effort that included an RBI and one run scored by the redshirt sophomore.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon

"There was really good effort today. Connor (Shamblin) had a great outing, got us off to a great start. I'm really proud of the way he managed the first inning and settled in. He did a great job of throwing all of his pitches for a strike. Then, Casey Cobb, Garret Rukes and Brock Guffey all came in after him and were just outstanding. It was also another day where we had some production through the lineup. We were a little inefficient offensively, made a couple of mistakes on the bases, but overall, for game two, I'm really pleased."

How It Happened

  • B1 | Senior Brett Auerbach led the game off with a double to right and advanced himself to third on a wild pitch. With one down, Gentry singled up the middle to bring in the Tide catcher. After a single and a lineout, freshman Zane Denton sent a liner to left for a two-RBI double. (3-0, Alabama)
  • B2 | With two on, Gentry delivered again, this time with a two-out single to left to bring in two runs for UA. In the next at-bat, Praytor singled to third base but an errant throw went past the first baseman and allowed one more to cross, adding to the Tide lead. (5-0, Alabama).
  • B7 | Freshman Owen Diodati doubled into the right field corner with two on and two down to score a pair. (7-0, Alabama)
  • B8 | The Crimson Tide had two on and two down for Praytor who delivered an RBI-single to left to give Alabama a final tally on the day. (8-0, Alabama)
Postgame Notes

  • The Crimson Tide has shut out Northeastern in consecutive games to the start the 2020 season. It marked the first time Alabama has recorded back-to-back shutouts to start a new campaign since 2015 when UA blanked Maryland Eastern Shore across the entire three-game series.
  • Shamblin matched his career-high mark total for innings pitched with 5.0. The sophomore also pitched 5.0 frames against Ball State on Feb. 24 last season.
  • The Tennessee native also tied his career-high total for strikeouts with five. Shamblin previously punched out five on two occasions last year, first in game two of the doubleheader against Presbyterian on Feb. 16 and then again the next weekend in that contest against Ball State.
  • Eight of the nine Alabama starters reached base safely on the day with seven of the nine collecting at least one hit.
  • With his four-pitch walk in the third inning, sophomore T.J. Reeves has now reached base safely in his last 12 straight games dating back to May 4 of last season.
  • ATTENDANCE: 2,828

Alabama will go for the sweep of Northeastern on Sunday at The Joe with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. CT. The weekend finale will feature a pair of freshmen with the Crimson Tide calling on left-hander Antoine Jean while the Huskies counter with Sebastian Keane, a righty. 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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