Photo by Davida Franklin from The Crimson White
By Cooper Huskey
It was a pitchers duel in game 2 of a double header against Ole Miss on March 26, and unfortunately, Alabama came out on the losing end. The Crimson Tide lost 2-0 to the Rebels. Both starting pitchers were phenomenal for the teams, but it was Ole Miss who was able to scrape together a couple of runs to win the game.
This loss now makes five losses in a row for the Crimson Tide. The story of this game is same as the other four games in this losing streak: lackluster offense from Alabama.
The Crimson Tide registered five hits all game, and three of them came from Peyton Wilson. Wilson hit two doubles and a single in the game, but was left stranded on base every time. The other two hits were off the bats of Owen Diodati and Drew Williamson, who were also left on the base paths. Alabama also only walked twice throughout the whole game making it even harder for the Crimson Tide to generate some offense. In three of the innings, Alabama went three up, three down throughout game 2.
The one bright spot for the Crimson Tide was Dylan Smith. While Smith did get the loss, his pitching was outstanding and the reason why Ole Miss only won the game 2-0. Smith pitched seven innings, allowing one run off of four hits. The one run was a result of a homerun in the fifth inning by Ole Miss centerfielder, TJ McCants. Outside of that homerun, Smith was lights out against the Rebels. He struck out eight batters and did not give up a single walk. He was on fire all night, but like how so many of his games are, the Crimson Tide were not able to give him any run support.
Jacob McNairy came in relief of Smith and gave up Ole Miss’s second run off an RBI single in the eighth. McNairy did not allow any runs in the ninth, but the damage was done and Ole Miss ended Friday with two more games in the win column.
Alabama will hope to salvage the series and prevent the sweep on Saturday at 1 pm vs Ole Miss.