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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tyler Ras was dominant on Friday night as the Crimson Tide junior's impressive start helped Alabama baseball to a 10-1 win over Kentucky. The series-opening win at Kentucky Proud Park moved UA to 24-13 on the season and 8-8 in Southeastern Conference play.

Ras (6-1) picked up his team-high tying sixth win with 7.0 innings of one-run baseball. The junior worked a career-high 99 pitches, striking out six and allowing only three hits while issuing zero walks. He was followed by Hunter Ruth, with the Tide reliever tossing 2.0 scoreless frames with three punchouts to secure the win.

Alabama's bats totaled six extra-base hits – none of which were a home run – racking up four doubles and two triples on the way to 10 runs. The Crimson Tide's effort at the plate was led by Owen Diodati who finished 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and one run scored. Matching Diodati in RBI were William Hamiter and Sam Praytor. Hamiter tripled and added a team-high tying two runs to go with his RBI while Praytor finished 1-for-4.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon

"It always starts on the mound. Tyler Ras was just outstanding and then Hunter Ruth was exciting for two really quality innings there in relief. Those guys did a great job throwing nine innings, allowing no walks, using multiple pitches and moving the ball around the strike zone well. Both guys were outstanding."

How It Happened​

  • T2 | T.J. Reeves reached with a two-out single to left. He then moved into scoring position with a stolen base before Owen Diodati brought him around to score on an RBI-double to give the Tide the early advantage. (1-0, Alabama)
  • T3 | Peyton Wilson doubled to right with one down to get things started for the Tide. William Hamiter chased him home in the next at-bat, tripling to deep center for an RBI. One out later, Sam Praytor brought Hamiter home with a single to right to add one more to UA's lead. (3-0, Alabama)
  • B4 | T.J. Collett sent a solo shot over the wall in right to get the Wildcats on the board. (3-1, Alabama)
  • T7 | Alabama blew the game wide open with a seven-run seventh. A fielding error started things before a double from Wilson put two in scoring position. Another UK miscue allowed a run to cross and put two on to force a Kentucky pitching change. A walk to Zane Denton loaded them up before Praytor collected on a sacrifice fly to score one more. Drew Williamson was then hit by the pitch to load them up before a walk to Reeves pushed another run across. Following a second pitching change, Diodati delivered an RBI-single to right. A wild pitch in the next at-bat brought one more in before Jim Jarvis doubled to right-center with two down to add a pair and cap the scoring at seven. (10-1, Alabama)

Postgame Notes​

  • Tyler Ras tossed a career-high 99 pitches in tonight's start. His previous high for pitches was 98 against Tennessee on April 2 of this season.
  • Ras' six strikeouts matched his career-high total. The junior punched out six on two previous occasions, most recently at Arkansas on March 19 in the Tide's SEC opener.
  • The Tide starter did not issue a walk. Ras has walked one or no batters in six of his nine starts this season.
  • Ras and Hunter Ruth combined for 9.0 innings without issuing a walk. Alabama pitchers have not allowed a walk in five total games, including tonight's outing.
  • The Crimson Tide finished with 11 hits and have totaled double-digit hits in 20 games this season, including 12 of the last 16.
  • Alabama's bats have totaled double-digit hits in 11 of 16 SEC matchups so far.
  • Sam Praytor moved his hitting streak to six games with a 1-for-4 showing. During the streak, Praytor is batting .455 (10-22) with a double, four home runs, 12 RBI, five runs, two walks and a pair of hit-by-pitch.
  • Praytor has also reached base safely in 14 straight games dating back to March 27.
  • William Hamiter also extended his hitting streak to six games with his 1-for-5 effort at the plate. Over the six-game stretch, Hamiter is batting .280 (7-25) with a double, one triple, a home run, seven RBI, six runs and four walks.
  • Hamiter has also reached base safely in 13 consecutive games dating back to April 2.
Alabama and Kentucky are scheduled to return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon for a 1 p.m. CT first pitch at Kentucky Proud Park. The Crimson Tide will send right-hander Dylan Smith to the mound while the Wildcats counter with Sean Harney, also a righty. Game two of the series will air live on SEC Network+.
 

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Harry Doyle: In case you haven't noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven't, the Tide have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.
In the first nine SEC games they won two. They're sitting at 8-8 in conference play right now having won eight of the last nine. The schedule has eased up and it looks like they're starting to get a rhythm.

 

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Schedule has eased up and overall the team is healthy again. Reeves now looks like he's comfortable again at the plate. Preilipp and Jean getting back was huge for a staff that lacks SEC depth. UK didn't help themselves in the field last night, but Bama swung the bats really well. Hopefully that carries over. Would be nice of the can get today's game in.
 

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Alabama baseball suffered a pair of losses in Sunday's doubleheader with Kentucky at Kentucky Proud Park. The Crimson Tide first fell, 5-2, in game one before an 11-0 loss in game two. Following the two games in Lexington, UA is 24-15 overall and 8-10 in Southeastern Conference play.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon

"This was a tough day for us against a good Kentucky team. We didn't play very well offensively and obviously we didn't pitch very well. We need to regroup after this one and get it out of our system before we head to UAB on Tuesday."

GAME ONE​

Alabama fell, 5-2, to Kentucky in game one of Sunday's doubleheader.

Kentucky got on the board first with a pair of runs in the third. The Wildcats then added three more in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 5-0 ballgame. Alabama posted a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on a two-run home run from Owen Diodati but would get no closer, falling in the day's first game.

Dylan Smith (0-5) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on 11 hits with six strikeouts. Sean Harney (3-0) picked up the win for UK while Hunter Rigsby notched his second save of the season.

How It Happened​

  • B3 | Back-to-back one-out doubles brought in the game's first run for UK. The Wildcats added one more on an RBI-single with two down to take the early lead. (2-0, Kentucky)
  • B5 | The Wildcats added three in the fifth. Coltyn Kessler sent a solo home run over the wall in right to start the inning's scoring. A single and a hit-by-pitch then put two on with a double down the line in right clearing the bases for two more runs. (5-0, Kentucky)
  • T6 | Alabama got on the board thanks to an Owen Diodati two-run home run. Diodati brought in Sam Praytor, who reached with one down on a hit-by-pitch. (5-2, Kentucky)

Postgame Notes​

  • Dylan Smith struck out six in his start and has punched out five or more batters in all 10 of his starts this season.
  • Smith did not issue a walk for the third time in a start during the 2021 campaign. The junior has walked more than one batter in only three of his 10 starts so far.
  • Alabama's pitching duo of Smith and Connor Shamblin did not issue a walk. The Crimson Tide pitchers have not allowed a walk in six total games this season, including each of the first two matchups with Kentucky.
  • William Hamiter's hitting streak came to an end at six games. Over the six-game stretch, Hamiter batted .280 (7-25) with a double, one triple, a home run, seven RBI, six runs and four walks.

GAME TWO​

The Crimson Tide suffered an 11-0 loss in game two of Sunday's twinbill.

Kentucky used seven home runs to secure the series-clinching win. Alabama starter William Freeman (0-1) was handed the loss while Wildcat starter Zack Lee (4-3) earned the win.

How It Happened​

  • B2 | Kentucky used six hits, including three home runs, to post six runs in the second. (6-0, Kentucky)
  • B5 | The Wildcats added three runs with a trio of solo home runs. (9-0, Kentucky)
  • B6 | A leadoff triple followed by a single brought in one for UK. A solo shot one out later from T.J. Collett add one more. (11-0, Kentucky)

Postgame Notes​

  • William Hamiter has reached base safely in 15 consecutive games dating back to April 2.
  • Sam Praytor's hitting streak ended at seven games. During the streak, Praytor batted .458 (11-24) with two doubles, four home runs, 12 RBI, six runs, two walks and a three hit-by-pitch.
  • Praytor's streak of reaching base safely also ended at 15 straight games, a stretch that dated back to March 27.
Next up for Alabama is a midweek matchup in Birmingham against UAB on Tuesday, April 27. The Crimson Tide and Blazers are set for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch at Regions Field, home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons. The in-state pairing will air live on Conference USA TV ($).
 

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. It is going to be interesting to see how we play going forward against some of the better teams still on our schedule.
The early part of the schedule was the Tide's most difficult. Of the three remaining SEC series, only one (MSU) has a better conference standing. LSU and Missouri haven't been that good this season. On the road versus LSU certainly evens it out a bit.
 

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