Photo by Davida Franklin from The Crimson White
By Brandon Mraz
The Crimson Tide came out against Jacksonville State riding the energy of a walk-off win on Tuesday against Southern Alabama. The Tide jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning after a couple of walks, catcher interference and a wild pitch. Johnny Hawk hit the catcher’s glove on his swing with the bases loaded bringing in Zane Denton. Peyton Wilson worked a walk to bring in William Hamiter to make the score 2-0.
The Tide would strike again in the fourth inning off a William Hamiter infield single. A wild pitch then scored Johnny Hawk to make the score 4-0. After a Sam Praytor walk and Drew Williamson getting hit by a pitch, the bases were loaded for Zane Denton, Denton would single into right field to score two more. The Tide would jump to a 6-0 lead at the end of the fourth.
Connor Shamblin was on the mound to start for the Crimson Tide and had a great game pitching six innings and striking out six batters. Shamblin did give up one run in the fifth inning off a double by Jacksonville State’s Derrick Jackson. Jackson would then be thrown out on a pass ball at third to end the inning.
The Crimson Tide would get one more run in the fifth inning off of a William Hamiter single to make the score 7-1. In the seventh inning Jake Eddington would come in to pitch for the Crimson Tide. Eddington would give up a lead off home-run to Alex Webb making the score 7-2. After the home-run Eddington would settle in and pitch two innings giving up one run, two hits, and striking out four.
Finally, Hunter Ruth would come in for the Crimson Tide in the ninth and finish the game retiring the Gamecocks 1,2,3. The Crimson Tide won the game 7-2 improving to 12-2 on the season. Alabama is back at home against Stetson on Friday to start a three game series before heading into SEC play next week.