Offensive Explosion Leads Alabama to 19-3 Win over Samford on Tuesday

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The Tide fell behind 1-0 after one but rebounded with 14 unearned runs to put the game out of reach

4/13/2021

TUSCALOOSA, AL – Alabama baseball used 15 hits and a season-high 16 walks to cruise to a 19-3 win over Samford on Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The midweek win moves the Crimson Tide to 20-12 on the season.

Samford got up early, 1-0, but that would be the last time the Bulldogs led on the night. Alabama evened things up with one in the third before putting together a seven-run fourth to take a commanding lead. The Crimson Tide would only add to that with a six-spot in the sixth and a five-run seventh. Samford was able to add single tallies in the seventh and eighth but never threatened the UA lead.

The offense for Alabama was spread across the entire lineup. Twelve of the 13 hitters recorded at least one hit, including all nine starters on the night. In addition, all nine starters contributed one or more runs with 11 of the 13 hitters posting a run by night's end. Caden Rose and Jackson Tate led the charge, each homering and posting a season-high tying four RBI. In addition to their homer and RBI, Rose finished 2-for-3 with a double and two runs while Tate went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs of his own. Also homering was Sam Praytor with the redshirt junior recording a solo shot.

Grayson Hitt (2-3) tossed a season-high 4.0 innings in his start to pick up the win. The freshman ran into trouble early with the Bulldogs posting one run in the top of the first, but that would be all for Samford. Hitt proceeded to retire the final 10 batters he faced before handing the ball over to the bullpen. The trio of freshmen Jake Eddington and Eli Giles along with redshirt junior Hunter Ruth combined for the final 5.0 innings, totaling seven strikeouts along the way.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon
"It was great to come away with a win in a game like that. I was really pleased with our effort. We did a lot of really good things all the way around. We had a lot of hard contact up and down the lineup, even the guys off the bench came in and put some good swings on some pitches. Obviously they helped us out, but kudos to our guys for taking advantage of it and making it hurt."

How It Happened
  • T1 | A one-out walk and single put two aboard before a run came home on a single through the left side to put the Bulldogs in front. (1-0, Samford)
  • B3 | The Tide loaded the bases with two down before a hit-by-pitch for Sam Praytor evened things up at one apiece. (1-1)
  • B4 | Alabama took the lead with seven runs on seven walks and a pair of hits in the fourth. A leadoff walk from Drew Williamson put one aboard for Jackson Tate with the Tide left fielder sending a two-run homer over the wall in left. A pair of walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded them up before William Hamiter drew a walk to push one more across. Zane Denton followed with a two-run single to add pair before a walk loaded the bases once again. A wild pitch in the next at-bat scored one more, and after another free pass loaded the bases, a one-out walk from Tate added a final tally. (8-1, Alabama)
  • B6 | Two walks and seven hits led to six runs for the Tide in the sixth. The inning was highlighted by a solo homer from Praytor to lead off the inning and a two-run home run from pinch-hitter Caden Rose to cap the scoring. (14-1, Alabama)
  • T7 | A walk with the bases loaded pushed across one run for Samford. (14-2, Alabama)
  • B7 | The Tide added five more runs in the seventh, all coming with two outs. A two-run double from Rose began the scoring. After a walk, Johnny Hawk singled with a Samford error allowing one more to score. A single from Will Patota then loaded them up with another error in the next at-bat bringing in two more runs. (19-2, Alabama)
  • T8 | Samford added one with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. (19-3, Alabama)
Postgame Notes
  • Grayson Hitt worked a season-long 4.0 innings in tonight's start. His previous high for innings was 3.0 on two occasions, most recently in a relief appearance against Stetson on March 12.
  • Alabama's 16 walks set the Crimson Tide's all-time record for free passes in a single game.
  • The Crimson Tide's seven walks in the fourth inning tied for the most by any Alabama offense in a single inning. The Tide also walked seven times in an inning at Arkansas on April 29, 2018, and against Jackson State on March 13, 1985.
  • Twelve of the 13 Alabama hitters recorded at least one hit on the night.
  • Eleven of the 13 Crimson Tide hitters tallied at least one run.
  • With his 1-for-5 night, Peyton Wilson extended his hitting streak to a UA season-long and career-long 12 games. Across that stretch, the sophomore is batting .436 (24-55) with four doubles, a triple and three home runs to go with nine RBI, 12 runs scored, three walks, a hit-by-pitch and five stolen bases.
  • The 12-game hitting streak passes Sam Praytor's previous team-high of 11 games from Feb. 23-March 10.
  • Caden Rose pinch-hit in the sixth and promptly hit a home run. The pinch-hit homer was Alabama's first since T.J. Reeves homered in a pinch-hit role at Florida on March 31, 2019.
  • Rose and Jackson Tate each contributed four RBI apiece to tie the Tide's single-game high in 2021. UA had a player record four RBI on five previous occasions heading into the matchup with Samford, most recently Owen Diodati at Arkansas on March 19.
  • ATTENDANCE: 1,764 (SELLOUT)
The Tide will take a brief intermission before returning to the field on Thursday to begin a three-game series with the Auburn Tigers. Things start at 6 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday before a 4 p.m. CT first pitch in the series finale on Saturday. The opener will air nationally on SEC Network with the final two games being broadcast on SEC Network+.

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