By: Joe Schatz
Birmingham, Ala. – The Crimson Tide (25-17, 9-9 in SEC) used a strong hitting performance to
beat the Samford Bulldogs (18-20, 5-4 in SOCON) on Tuesday night by a score of 9-3.
Alabama had 15 hits in the game, tying the season high in single game hits, with two home runs,
including a Dominic Tamez two-run home run, which gave Alabama a 4-0 lead in the second
inning. After the 4-0 start, Alabama piled on the runs late, scoring one run in the sixth, then three
in the seventh, before scoring their final run in the eighth to secure the win.
“It was good to see some hard contact up and down the lineup tonight. We also had a lot of
baserunners, which was great to see,” said Head Coach Brad Bohannon.
Owen Diodati also played a huge part in the game, getting a hit in all four of his plate
appearances, including a solo home run. Diodati also scored three runs for Alabama, one coming
on a Caden Rose single, and the other coming off a Jim Jarvis groundout.
Alabama started right hander Ben Hess (2-1) on the mound, after a shaky performance last week
against UAB. Tonight, Hess went six innings, giving up one run off three hits with three
strikeouts and two walks. The only run he let up was on a groundout in the fourth inning but was
able to get out of the inning after that.
Other key contributors for the Tide were Andrew Pinckney who drove in two runs off two hits,
Zane Denton had one RBI on a one-for-five day, and Tommy Seidl drove in one run while going
one-for-four at the plate.
“We had good production from everyone in the lineup, so it was a great all-around effort by our
offense,” added Bohannon.
With the win, Alabama played to their potential on a mid-week game, something that they have
not been good at over the course of the season. Throughout the year, the Tide have lost to North
Alabama, UAB twice, UT-Martin, and Southern Miss in mid-week contests. Alabama also
completed the season sweep on Samford, winning the previous meeting 10-1 in Tuscaloosa on
Alabama now moves to 25-17 on the year, and they are still 9-9 in SEC play with a trip to South
Carolina (19-20, 6-12 in SEC) coming up this weekend.