By: Joe Schatz

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.-Behind a great start from Garret McMillan (1-0), the Crimson Tide were able to defeat the Murray State Racers 5-1 on Friday. The junior, lefthanded pitcher pitched six innings, allowing only three hits, and no runs, with seven strikeouts on 91 pitches to earn his first win of the season.

“I thought we really attacked well today with the fastball, that was the gameplan going in. Try to get ahead, stay ahead, and get quick outs,” said McMillan. 

After McMillan, Alabama Head Coach Brad Bohannon turned the ball over to right-hander Dylan Ray for the final three innings. Ray gave up one run on one hit, striking out seven, while throwing 38 total pitches.

“When you punch out 14 and don’t walk any, it was a tremendous effort by G-Mac and D. Ray, I’m happy for them. If we can continue to pitch like that, were gonna be in every game we play,” said Bohannon.

The Alabama offense was led by both Tommy Seidl and Andrew Pinckney, as both players went three-for-four, with Seidl hitting a solo homerun in the 6th to make it 4-0. Pickney followed the homerun with a triple, which ended the game for Murray State starter Hayden Wynja (0-1). The Racer’s starting pitcher went five innings, giving up five runs on eight hits with four strikeouts, throwing 82 pitches. 

“I feel really comfortable, it helps when coach Bo puts trusts in me and keeps me in the lineup.” said Pickney.

With the win, Alabama improves to 7-4 on the year, and looks to win the series tomorrow at 2 p.m.