For the second straight series the No. 21 Alabama Crimson Tide (4–2, 0–0 SEC) struggled at times, but was able to rebound for a 2–1 series win over the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (3–4, 0–0 Southland).
The Crimson Tide struggled on Friday night behind junior starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull. The 6-foot–3 right hander walked home a run in the third inning, but was able to settle in and pitch five solid innings of three hit baseball.
Alabama struggled at the plate only scoring one run in 13 innings of play. Georgie Salem was the lone supply of offense for the Tide, tying a school record five hits on six at bats.
Geoffrey Bramblett, Thomas Burrows, Jay Shaw (0–1) and Tucker Hawley all saw action out of the bullpen, but Shaw was tagged with the loss after allowing a sac-fly RBI to right field for the eventual winning run for the Lumberjacks. Stephen F. Austin was able to take the first game 2–1 in 13 innings. Tyler Wiedenfeld (1–0) was handed the win after working five scoreless innings out of the bullpen and Patrick Ledet (1) earned the save.
Saturday brought a revitalized Crimson Tide team and near-perfect mild temperatures.
Junior starter Justin Kamplain (1–0) pitched a masterful six inning scoreless outing and limited the Lumberjacks to just three hits.
Alabama’s bats exploded in a big way, scoring runs in every inning but the first and the fourth. Sophomores Georgie Salem and Mikey White once again led the Tide with two hits on four at bats.
Freshman left fielder Casey Hughston had a big day totaling three hits and two home runs.
Nick Eicholtz and Mitch Greer combined for three hitless innings of relief for the Crimson Tide in the 8–0 win over Stephen F. Austin.
Kyle Cross (0–2) was handed the loss after allowing four earned runs in five innings of work for the Lumberjacks.
The decisive game three of the series proved to be much like the first. Both teams struggled at the plate and combined for great defensive games, but this time Alabama was able to come out on top.
Redshirt junior catcher Wade Wass once again stole the show for the Crimson Tide. Wass’ walk-off single scoring Kyle Overstreet gave Alabama the 3–2 win in the 10th inning.
Overstreet tied the game in the bottom of the eighth with his first career home run.
Junior Jon Keller (2–0) earned the win for Alabama after pitching five scoreless innings of baseball in relief. Kevin Bishop was saddled with the loss for Stephen F. Austin.
The Crimson Tide will travel to Hattiesburg, Miss. for their first road game of the season on Wednesday night against Southern Miss (2–5, 0–0 C-USA). The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.
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