Four-Run First Helps Alabama Baseball Outlast Troy, 4-3, for Bounce-Back Midweek Win
Alabama baseball used a four-run first inning to gain the early advantage and would go on to outlast Troy, 4-3, on Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 23-20 on the season.
“It was a good win for us tonight,” said Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon. “It wasn’t a perfect win, but it was a tough weekend for us, and I’m really proud of our kids for starting the game hot. We also pitched several guys and did a good job out of the bullpen, so I’m glad to get a win. There were a lot of positives tonight.”
The Alabama offense was highlighted by Chandler Avant, who finished 2-for-4 on the night for his team-leading 18th multi-hit game of the season. The senior also contributed a team-high three RBI and added one run scored. Freshman Sam Praytor joined Avant with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3.
On the mound, Alabama starter Brock Love (2-0) earned his second win of the season. The redshirt sophomore tossed 1.0 scoreless frame and struck out a pair of Trojan hitters in his first start since March 12, 2017. The Tide relief effort consisted of six additional arms that combined for the final 8.0 innings with redshirt sophomore Kyle Cameron earning his first career save. Cameron dealt 2.0 scoreless frames with one strikeout on the backend to help secure the Alabama win.
The Tide struck first, putting together four runs in the bottom of the first to take the early 4-0 lead. Junior Cobie Vance led off the game with a double to left-center to put himself in scoring position and a walk in the next at-bat put two aboard for the Tide. A three-run homer by Avant cleared the bases and gave the Tide the 3-0 advantage. Two outs later, junior Keith Holcombe singled and was moved to third before being brought home on consecutive singles from Praytor and junior Jett Manning to give UA a four-run cushion.
Troy answered with one run in the top of the second to cut the Tide lead to 4-1. The Trojans plated two more runs in the eighth to make it a 4-3 contest, but Cameron’s relief effort halted the Troy rally and gave the Tide the midweek win.
Next up for the Crimson Tide is a weekend trip to Fayetteville as Alabama and seventh-ranked Arkansas square off for a three-game series at Baum Stadium from Friday through Sunday. First pitch of the opener is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT, with game two set to start at 6 p.m. CT and the series finale on Sunday slated for a 1 p.m. CT first pitch. All three games will air live on SEC Network+.