By: Jake Reichert
TUSCALOOSA, Ala – After a 7-4 win Tuesday night against Tennessee Tech, #20 Alabama stayed undefeated in their 2023 campaign by winning 10-0 against UT Martin.
The sixth inning bats for the Crimson Tide got the crowd in Tuscaloosa on their feet. A monster inning including six runs and fives hits solidified Alabama’s win. Four of these runs came from two, two-run home runs from junior Mac Guscette and senior Drew Williamson.
Mac Guscette discussed his new approach to the plate with his two home runs in the last three games.
“I think it is just a confidence thing. I know what I can do and I am just going out there and having some fun,” said Guscette.
While most fans don’t find small ball exciting, it gave Alabama a cushion lead mid-way through the game. Three runs in the bottom of the fourth came from multiple championship winning caliber plays. Drew Williamson singled and put himself into a run down to score Andrew Pinckney on a bang-bang play at the plate. A SAC bunt from Ed Johnson brought in another one of the three runs scored that inning.
The starting pitcher, Jackson Reynolds and relief pitchers, Kade Woods and Riley Quick for the Crimson Tide shut down the Skyhawks allowing only two hits throughout seven innings.
Kade Woods tallied his first win of the young season in Wednesday’s matchup against UT Martin. Through three innings pitched he allowed no hits and struck out five of the nine batters he faced.
When discussing the win over UT Martin coach Brad Bohannon was pleased with Kade Woods’ poise.
“He is someone I think could really help us when we get into league play if he continues the path he is on,” said Bohannon.
The Alabama Crimson Tide were set to face Pepperdine on the road in their upcoming series. However, due to weather constraints, the Tide will now host a series this weekend against High Point.
With now twelve straight home games because of the Pepperdine series cancellation, the Tide will look to extend their winning streak at Sewell-Thomas stadium this weekend.