Diamond Notes : Reeves’ Home Run Powers Alabama to 6-3 Win for Series Sweep of Harvard

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The sophomore sent a deep shot to left to help UA regain the lead in the seventh

3/1/2020

TUSCALOOSA, AL –
Alabama baseball completed the series sweep of Harvard with a 6-3 win on Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The win moves the Crimson Tide to 12-0 on the year, the second-best start to a season in program history.

Alabama moved out front early with three runs in the second before Harvard got on the board with two runs in the third. The Crimson evened things up in the sixth with one run but a solo home run from sophomore T.J. Reeves in the bottom of the seventh put the Crimson Tide in front for good. Alabama added two more in the bottom of the eighth for a cushion on the way to the 6-3 win.

Reeves was tops in the RBI column for UA, finishing with two as part of his 1-for-4 afternoon that included the home run, a walk and one run scored. Senior Brett Auerbach led all hitters with a 2-for-5 showing, adding an RBI and one run scored. The duo joined five other starters in recording at least one hit on getaway day.

Alabama's arms gave the offense time to get a lead once again. Antoine Jean got the start, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six. The freshman then handed it over to sophomore Jacob McNairy out of the pen. McNairy allowed one run on three hits while striking out a pair to keep things close before Brock Guffey (2-0) entered the game in the seventh. Guffey was dominant, with the junior allowing no hits and striking out seven across 3.0 frames for his second win of the season.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon

"This was just another really good win for us today. When the wind's blowing in, you're going to be in tight games and that was a good experience for us to be in, a tight game like that. Antoine (Jean) pitched well today, worked around some bad luck, some soft contact, and, obviously, I feel like I keep saying this but the bullpen was just awesome. (Jacob) McNairy and (Brock) Guffey were outstanding. We had a couple of games the last week and a half where we have gotten behind, and one of the big keys to winning those games is the bullpen coming in, giving our offense time to work and multiple guys have just been really, really good in that role. I'm glad to get the win, glad to get the sweep, and I'm excited to continue to move forward with league play around the corner."

How It Happened
  • B2 | Freshman Myles Austin began the inning with a leadoff walk. He came around to score in the next at-bat when fellow freshman Zane Denton sent an RBI-double off the warning track in right-center. A sac bunt put Denton at third before a single up the middle from Auerbach scored the inning's second run. One out later, Tyler Gentry doubled to the left field line with the junior's two-bagger bringing in Auerbach. (3-0, Alabama)
  • T3 | A one-out single and walk put two on for Harvard. Following a strikeout, the Crimson knocked a two-RBI single to center to cut the deficit to one. (3-2, Alabama)
  • T6 | Harvard evened things up. The Crimson loaded the bases with three straight singles before a 5-4 fielder's choice crossed the tying run. (3-3)
  • B7 | Reeves sent a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left to put the Crimson Tide back out front. The home run was the sophomore's first of the season. (4-3, Alabama)
  • B8 | With the bases loaded, Reeves drew a two-out walk to bring in one more. Freshman Jim Jarvis followed with a high chopper to second for an infield single and another RBI. (6-3, Alabama)
Postgame Notes
  • Alabama is 12-0 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 12-0 mark is now 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 Crimson Tide arms struck out a season-high 15 batters. The 15 punchouts are the most since game two of the Tide's March 2 doubleheader at South Alabama a season ago when Alabama totaled 17 strikeouts.
  • Brock Guffey's seven strikeouts are a new career-best total. His previous high for strikeouts in a game was three, which he had accomplished on multiple occasions, most recently against LSU on April 26, 2019.
  • Guffey's 3.0 innings of relief match his career-high inning total. The junior also tossed 3.0 frames against LSU on April 28, 2019.
  • The Crimson Tide hitters have now hit at least one home run in 10 of 12 games with multiple homers in four of those contests.
  • With his 1-for-3 showing, redshirt sophomore Sam Praytor has now recorded a hit in his last six games. Across the streak, Praytor is batting .444 (8-18) with a double, two home runs, four RBI, seven runs scored, four walks and five hit-by-pitch.
  • Kolby Robinson's hitting streak came to an end at nine games. Across those nine games, Robinson batted .375 (14-36) with four doubles, seven RBI, seven runs scored, two hit-by-pitch and a stolen base.
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Next up for Alabama are a pair of midweek matchups against in-state foes. First, the Crimson Tide will welcome South Alabama to The Joe on Tuesday, March 3 before the Lions of North Alabama travel to Tuscaloosa the next day on Wednesday. Both contests are scheduled for a 3 p.m. CT start and will air 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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