Alabama Baseball comes up short in 13 inning battle
Alabama Baseball took on Stephen F Austin in the first of three games this weekend in Sewell Thomas Stadium. The newly created right field seating area which is free and open to the public and seats approximately 1300 was at capacity for the Friday night game, mostly consisting of fraternity students. The game count is down to 28 regular season games remaining in the current configuration of “The Joe” and nearly 4000 total were in attendance to see Alabama battle with the Lumberjacks for 13 innings but ultimately dropping the hard fought game 2-1.
Alabama jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning as sophomore Mikey White gets the RBI sending Georgie Salem across the plate for the score. Salem had stolen second after getting a base hit to put him in scoring position. The Tide maintained the lead through the third inning when junior Spencer Turnbull walked four batters to tie the game 1-1.
Over the next several innings the Tide and the Lumberjacks traded outs without scoring. The most excitement of the game to this point came in the top of the 7th as freshman catcher Will Haynie made a fantastic throw to second base as SFA’s Matthew Dickey was caught stealing. Then to end the inning, Alabama makes a double play but not in the traditional sense. SFA with a runner on first hits a deep fly to left center with freshman Hunter Webb coming over for the out, Webb then makes a perfect throw to second baseman Overstreet, who then relays to Smith on first base to get the third out of the inning. Going into the seventh inning stretch the score is still tied at one all.
Alabama changes pitchers midway through the eighth inning as freshman Thomas Burrows comes in to relieve Bramblett who had only pitched two innings. Alabama ends the top half of the inning with two consecutive outs but doesn’t score in the bottom half of the inning and leaves the game tied at 1 all.
If the top of the ninth the Lumberjacks’ Dickey doubles down the right field line putting a man into scoring position with two outs then Burrows walks the next batter to put two on. But the next batter for SFA grounds out ending the top half of the inning with the score still tied.
Georgie Salem sends a hard grounder to right field to put the winning run on base as White comes to bat. The sophomore lays down a bunt that hugging the first base line allowing him to advance the runner to second while White manages to make it to first. But, after a pop-up out and a double play by the Lumberjacks the game goes into overtime still tied 1-1.
The 10th and 11th innings were much like that of the fifth and sixth innings. Then in the bottom of the 12th Will Haynie gets his first career hit for a single and advance Overstreet to second. But sophomore Chance Vincent flies out to right field and the Lumberjacks get their second “K” of the inning to retire the Tide and continue to battle.
In the top of the 13th inning the Lumberjacks put runners on the corners when Alabama substitutes pitchers giving junior Jay Shaw who had been in for 2 innings a rest and senior Tucker Hawley the mound. The first batter Hawley faces flies out to right field but the ball was deep enough to allow SFA the score going ahead 2-1.
Alabama, in their last at bat, puts Salem in scoring position on second base but the Tide couldn’t manage to bring home the run and drops the hard fought game 2-1. The Crimson Tide ended the game with nine hits, zero errors while the Lumberjacks had eight hits and two errors on the night.
Alabama will take on Stephen F. Austin in their second game of the weekend on Saturday with the first pitch scheduled for 2:05 PM.
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