Early Offense, Solid Bullpen Effort Lead Alabama to 6-5 Win at LSU

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The Tide posted six runs through the first 5.0 frames to pair with a solid performance from the bullpen for the win

5/15/2021

BATON ROUGE, LA – Alabama used six runs to pair with a solid bullpen effort for the 6-5 win over LSU on Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium. The game-two victory evened the series up and moved the Crimson Tide to 29-18 on the season, including a 12-13 mark in league play.

Alabama fell behind early as LSU got on the board with two runs in the first. The Tide answered with one in the top of the second, but the Tigers came right back with one of their own. That run would be the last for LSU until the ninth as UA went on to score five straight runs from the third through the fifth to build a sizeable advantage. That lead would prove crucial as the Tigers used a two-run home run in the ninth to pull within one, but a flyout ended things at 6-5 in favor of Alabama.

Dylan Smith contributed 4.0 innings before handing the ball over to the Tide bullpen. The duo of Connor Shamblin (4-2) and Chase Lee proceeded to post zeroes across the next 4.0 innings to allow time for the offense to build a lead. Shamblin picked up the win with 4.2 relief frames, allowing two runs on three hits and a pair of walks with three strikeouts. He was replaced by Lee, with the Tide closer inducing a fly ball for the game's final out to lock down his seventh save in as many chances.

Alabama's offense was able to post six runs on the power of 13 hits. The Tide bats capitalized on their run-scoring opportunities, finishing 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position on Saturday. Sam Praytor highlighted Alabama's offensive effort, finishing 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored. Also homering was Zane Denton with the Tide first baseman going 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run to pair with his roundtripper.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon
"This was obviously a really big win for us; a lot of people played a big part in getting it. One of the stories of the game was Connor Shamblin. He came in and steadied the game to give us a chance to catch up and eventually take the lead. Teams pick each other up and our guys did that today. I'm really proud of our entire team."

How It Happened
  • B1 | Back-to-back solo home runs from Dylan Crews and Gavin Dugas gave the Tigers the early lead. (2-0, LSU)
  • T2 | Alabama got one back thanks to a solo home run from Sam Praytor. (2-1, LSU)
  • B2 | A pair of one-out walks put two on before a two-out RBI-single widened the gap. (3-1, LSU)
  • T3 | The Tide added two in the third. Bryce Eblin began the rally with a one-out single and was followed by Peyton Wilson, who added a single of his own. One out later, Zane Denton singled through the right side to bring home Eblin. He was followed by Praytor, who singled up the middle to score Wilson and make it a tie ballgame. (3-3)
  • T4 | Alabama took the lead with two more in the fourth. Jackson Tate got things started with a leadoff single before stealing second. Then, with one down, Caden Rose doubled down the line in right to push UA in front. Eblin came right behind him with a double of his own to make it a two-run Tide lead. (5-3, Alabama)
  • T5 | Denton added one more with a leadoff home run to start the fifth. (6-3, Alabama)
  • B9 | Dugas pulled LSU within one with his second home run of the day. (6-5, Alabama)
Postgame Notes
  • Connor Shamblin tossed 4.2 relief innings, the most by any Alabama reliever this season. The previous high for relief frames was 4.1 from Jacob McNairy in game one of the doubleheader against Wright State on Feb. 27.
  • Alabama's offense posted double-digit hits for the 25th time this season and 15th time in SEC play with 13 knocks in today's game.
  • The Crimson Tide offense belted two home runs and has totaled two-or-more home runs in 17 games with at least one home run in 29 games this season.
  • Alabama is 21-8 in games with a home run, including a 14-3 mark in contests with two-plus homers.
  • The UA offense has homered in 15 of 25 SEC matchups.
  • Jim Jarvis extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 1-for-4 effort. During his streak, the sophomore is batting .407 (11-27) with two doubles, two triples, five RBI, six runs scored and a pair of walks.
Sunday's matchup will decide the series between the Crimson Tide and Tigers. Alabama will call on sophomore left-hander Connor Prielipp for the start while LSU looks to Ma'Khail Hilliard, a righty. The rubber match is set for a 2 p.m. CT start with the game airing live on SEC Network+.

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