By: Nicholas Elliott
TUSCALOOSA Ala. – After coming off two midweek wins the Tide continued to remain unbeaten this season taking the first of three game against the High Point Panthers with a 9-4 win.
Dominic Tamez, whose role is a bit different this season splitting reps with Guscette at Catcher. Guscette is making most starts at DH has been an impact early on this season especially in this game with a double to score the first runs of the game for the Tide.
Grayson Hitt got the start for the Tide the Friday night guy, who’s made the jump as the Ace for the team had six-K in only 3.2 innings allowing three-ER, the walks. He had four really hurt him and got taken out of the game earlier then expected because of the command.
“Grayson just didn’t have it today a lot of traffic on the base path just uncharacteristic of him,” said Coach Bohannon on Hitt’s performance today.
Florida transfer Mac Guscette has been an important piece to start the season, and this game was no different tallying a solo home run in the bottom of the second to give the Tide a one run lead. The Junior has now homered in back-to-back games.
Tennessee Tech transfer Ed Johnson the Hewitt Trussville native was able to hit his first two home runs as a member of the Crimson Tide in today’s ball game with a two-run home run in the fourth, and a three-run home run in the seventh.
After Hitt got taken out the Tide bullpen had his back going 5.8 innings with only allowing one run with three pitchers racking up seven-K as a group.
“When you got a bunch of guys down in the bullpen I have a lot of confidence in being able to bring them in if the starter doesn’t have his sharpest stuff,” said Bohannon on the bullpen’s efforts.
Blatter’s performance on the mound after entering for Hitt really helped in getting six straight strikeouts at one point and was able to help the Tide seize control of the game.
“Attacking and being in the zone after my shaky start with a HBP and just being able to throw all my pitches for strikes,” said Blatter on his performance.
The Tide were able to produce runs in all faucets of the game whether that was small ball or if that was on home runs with ending with 12 hits on nine runs and were able to draw four walks.
“We scored on five of eight innings with a nice mix of two strike contact and were able to score on home runs and doubles” said Bohannon on the offensive performance in today’s game.
The Tide were led by Jim Jarvis, Guscette, and Johnson who all went 2/4 at the plate. Freshmen Brock Blatter led the way in the bullpen going 2.2 innings with six-K and earning the win.
Alabama will look to take the series tomorrow against High Point at 4 p.m. central moving to 6-0 on the year after the win tonight.