TUSCALOOSA, Ala.– With the Tides game being moved from Wednesday to Tuesday, they had one less day to prepare for their opponents the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. However that proved to not matter as the Tide stay hot, winning their 9th in a row.
The first Inning and a half went by quickly as Alabama pitcher Luke Holmer Recorded five strikeouts In just seven batters faced. When Coach Bohannon was asked about Holmers performance he was very complimentary as he said Holmer “is very talented and was throwing with conviction.”
The second inning however was much different for the Alabama offense as they came alive putting up seven runs in the bottom half of the frame. The inning started with Bryce Eblin knocking in two with a single. Following Eblin’s single, Colby Shelton crushed an RBI double off the center field wall. Then the mistakes started to happen for the Gamecocks as second baseman Javon Hernandez botched a grounder off the bat of Ryan Guardino allowing 2 more runs to come across. To finish off the last runs of the inning Ed Johnson hit into a sac fly scoring one, it was 7-0 Alabama.
In the third we started to see Alabama make subs as the first of many noteworthy Will Hodo came off the bench with a two RBI single. Following the single Drew Williamson hit into a sac fly swelling the lead to 10.
In the fourth however former Alabama player TJ Reeves hit a no doubt homer off Holmer chipping away at the deficit.
In the bottom of the fourth, things got really interesting out on the field, as when Jacksonville State’s pitcher Garrett Talega showed signs of an injury after a wild pitch. A few pitches later we saw Talega turn back towards center field and throw up on the back of the mound. Following that Bryce Eblin launched a bases clearing triple. Then the bases loaded back up again for pinch hitter Camden Hayslip who hit a monster grand slam to right, giving the Tide their biggest lead of the day at 16-1
When Hayslip was asked about his approach coming off the bench he said his approach was ” Staying faithful and trusting the process and whenever I get the chance, to make the most of it” Hayslip’s grand slam was projected at 420 ft with a 107 MPH exit velo.
Following Hayslip’s grand slam Alabama scored one more run in the 8th off a double from Ed Johnson, that TJ Reeves lost in the lights of Sewell Thomas causing the 17th run to score.
Coach Brad Bohannon was very pleased of the way his team played on offense as he said that, “days like today are fun, you get alot of guys in the lineup and to score 17 runs alot of guys are having success, its really good for the teams dynamic.”