| BSB/SB Bullpen and Bombs Lead Baseball to 7-4 Comeback Win over No. 6 Tennessee (Sat @ 6 CT)

Brandon Van de Graaff

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Praytor just hit a 2 run HR, he's now 3-3 on the night. Bama leads 5-4 in the 5th. Praytor has been looking much better at the plate lately (Williamson too). Bama needed them to get going with the bat...

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama baseball team earned a 7-4 comeback win over sixth-ranked Tennessee, scoring seven unanswered runs to secure the series-opening victory. The Crimson Tide is now 16-9 on the season, including a 2-5 mark in Southeastern Conference play.

Alabama fell behind, 4-0, after two innings of play. The Tide rallied for three in the fourth to narrow the gap to one before adding another three runs an inning later in the fifth to take the lead for good. One more run in the bottom of the eighth provided all the security UA would need on the way to the Friday night win.

Tyler Ras (4-1) grinded through 5.0 innings in his Friday start to pick up the win. The junior allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts before turning it over to the bullpen. William Freeman followed with 1.0 inning before Landon Green took the hill to contribute 2.0 frames. Chase Lee then entered for the final inning to pick up his second save of the season. The trio combined for 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out eight Volunteer hitters.

Alabama's effort at the plate was highlighted by Sam Praytor and Drew Williamson. Praytor led the Tide in hits, finishing 3-for-4 with the go-ahead home run and adding two RBI to go with a pair of runs scored. Williamson was UA's leader in RBI with three as part of his 1-for-2 effort that included one run, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice fly. Also posting a big evening was William Hamiter with the sophomore finishing 2-for-4 with a double and a team-high tying two runs in his return from injury.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon
"We were able to get into (Tennessee's) bullpen in the fourth inning and score six runs in two innings, which was huge for this group. I'm just really, really proud of our effort and thought it was our best effort of the year tonight."

How It Happened
  • T2 | Luc Lipcius got the Vols on the board with a solo home run. (1-0, Tennessee)
  • T3 | Tennessee added three runs, all coming with two outs. With one on, a sequence that went double-single-double crossed three and widened the gap for UT. (4-0, Tennessee)
  • B4 | The Crimson Tide cut into the lead with a three-spot in the fourth. Sam Praytor began the inning with a single and was followed by William Hamiter, who singled himself. A walk to T.J. Reeves loaded them up for Drew Williamson, with the junior's hit-by-pitch bringing across UA's first run. One out later, a fielder's choice from Jim Jarvis brought in one more and put runners on the corners. Peyton Wilson delivered in next at-bat, singling through the right side to cap the inning's scoring. (4-3, Tennessee)
  • B5 | Zane Denton led things off with a walk and came home in the next at-bat as Praytor cleared the bases with an opposite field, go-ahead home run. Hamiter followed with a double and moved to third on flyout to right. The extra 90 would prove beneficial as Williamson recorded a sac fly deep to left-center to add one more to the Tide lead. (6-4, Alabama)
  • B8 | Williamson sent a 1-1 pitch deep over the wall in right to add an insurance run. (7-4, Alabama)
Postgame Notes
  • Tyler Ras tossed a career-high 98 pitches in tonight's start. His previous single-game high was 83 at Arkansas to start SEC play on March 19.
  • Chase Lee picked up his first save since Feb. 23 at Jacksonville State.
  • Lee has now made eight consecutive scoreless appearances totaling 15.0 innings dating back to Feb. 20. Both totals are season-high marks by any Tide reliever.
  • Alabama's offense recorded two home runs in tonight's game. The Tide is 12-4 in games with a home run, including a 9-2 mark in games with two-plus homers.
  • UA has homered in five of seven SEC games, totaling 13 home runs across those five matchups.
  • The Crimson Tide finished with 10 hits and has recorded double-digit hit totals in four of seven SEC contests so far.
  • With his 2-for-5 night, Peyton Wilson extended his hitting streak to five games. Across that stretch, the sophomore is batting .565 (13-23) with two doubles, a triple and two home runs to go with five RBI, four runs scored and three stolen bases.
The Crimson Tide and Volunteers return to the diamond on Saturday evening for another 6 p.m. CT start at The Joe. Alabama will send right-hander Dylan Smith to the hill while Tennessee counters with lefty Will Heflin. Game two of the series will air nationally on SEC Network.
Bama lost tonight 8-4 in 11 innings. Just not enough quality arms in the pen, which I didn't think was going to be an issue this year.

Harry Doyle: So, here is Rick Vaughn, the one they call the "Wild Thing". So, he sets and deals.

Harry Doyle: Just a bit outside, he tried the corner and missed.

Harry Doyle: Ball 4.

Harry Doyle: Ball 8.

Harry Doyle: Low, and he walks the bases loaded on 12 straight pitches. How can these guys lay off pitches that close?

Brandon Van de Graaff

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A defensive deity, inventor of the Concussion.
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Bama drops it 9-8... had a chance in the 9th. Bullpen is really struggling. Hopefully Shamblin's issue isn't serious. Need to get Antoine Jean back next weekend. If Conner Prelipp is really slow playing his "injury" return then he needs to either shit, or get off the pot. He's putting the team (and especially the pitching staff) in a bad situation if that's the case.