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Alabama Baseball Defeats No. 21 Southern Miss.

Alabama Baseball took on No. 21 Southern Mississippi Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium and held on for the win 10-8. The Crimson Tide’s starting pitcher Taylor Guilbeau (1-0) threw five innings to earn the win, giving Alabama its first 4-0 start since 2011. The losing pitcher for Southern Miss was freshman starter Jake Winston (0-1), as the Golden Eagles dropped to 3-1 on the season.

The game started off as a battle between pitchers and simple mistakes. The Golden Eagles scored after a double to left center to get a runner on the bases.  Then an off pitch that goes to the backstop allows for a run to score. The score remained 1-0 as each team went back and forth. One highlight was in the top of the 4th inning when Southern Miss. had runners on first and third with no outs and sophomore lefty Taylor Guilbeau gets out of the jam with a strike out and a double play. The bottom of the fourth is when Alabama made their move to tie the game and then earn five more runs in the fifth to make it 6-1.

Southern Miss. made a push to get back in the game and at midway through the eighth the score was 6-7. That’s when Alabama put the game out of reach to go up by three more runs and make it 10-6.  The Golden Eagles got close again but it just wasn’t enough as the Tide held on for the win.

Coming into the season, Alabama’s No. 4 recruiting ranking is starting to show as the freshmen players are proving they are ready to contribute in a big way. Freshman second baseman Kyle Overstreet was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, was hit by a pitch and had two RBIs. Freshman shortstop Mikey White was 1-for-4 with a single, a hit by pitch, two runs scored and two RBIs. Meanwhile, senior catcher Brett Booth is showing his leadership going 3-for-3 with a single, a double, a home run, a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. Booth has had at least one RBI in each of the games this season 

Sophomore lefty Taylor Guilbeau got the start for the Tide, going five innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts, tying his career-high. Sophomore lefty Justin Kamplain closed out the game for the Tide, allowing a three runs in the ninth before striking out Blake Brown to end the game.

The Alabama Crimson Tide heads to Florida Atlantic University on Friday, February 22, with first pitch scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CT.

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