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Alabama Baseball clinches the series against Stephen F. Austin in the 10th

 

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SFA_UABB_23Alabama (4-2) once again went into extra-innings during the series against Stephen F. Austin, however this time the end result favored the Tide unlike that of Friday night.  Alabama was able to do what they couldn’t on Friday by bringing the bats alive when called for.  Wade Wass ended the game and series with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the No. 21 Alabama baseball team a 3-2 win over Stephen F. Austin clinching the series win.

Sophomore Ray Castillo got the start for the Tide at pitcher and went five innings allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with four strikeouts before being relieved.  “On the pitching end of it, I was really encouraged by (starting pitcher) Ray (Castillo),” Gaspard said. “Coming off last week, it was good to see him sharp. He had a pretty clean five innings”.  SFA_UABB_06

The Lumberjacks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning when Ricardo Sanchez reached second base on a misplayed fly ball and crossed home plate on a fielder’s choice groundout to first. The Crimson Tide responded in the bottom of the 5th to tie the game at one all.  “Offensively, I thought we put some good swings on the ball early in the game” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said.

Jon Keller picked up the win while setting a new career best in his longest relief outing. The junior struck out six batters in five scoreless innings, and allowing two hits and one walk. “He (Keller) repeated what he did last weekend out of the bullpen. He was super sharp. He pitched in some big spots. It was huge to keep them to one run in the sixth when they had the bases loaded and nobody out”. Gaspard said.

Down by one in the bottom half of the eighth inning Sophomore Kyle Overstreet tied the game two all with a solo home run over the left field wall. Overstreet recorded his first career home run and in the 10th inning he singled up the middle recording his first multi-hit game of the season to help start the rally in route to the win.

SFA_UABB_05Ryan Blanchard followed with a single up the middle to put runners on first and second base when Wass lined a single through the left side to score Overstreet and give Alabama the win. “We need to take the momentum we have now into next week, which is going to be a real tough week for us on the road.” Gaspard said

The Alabama Crimson Tide travels to Hattiesburg on Tuesday with a midweek matchup against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, with first pitch set for 6 p.m. The Tide then will travels to Lafayette for a weekend series against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Saturday’s match-up will be broadcast on MyWLAF and ESPN3.

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