By: Jake Reichert
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – After a wild 12 inning battle in game one of the series, Kentucky had the pedal to the metal in game two against the Crimson Tide to win with a final score of 9-5. One word can describe how the Wildcats hit in Saturday afternoon’s game. Consistent.
After a quiet first inning from both squads, the Wildcats began to apply their pressure from the plate. The largest inning from Kentucky was held in the 5th inning. A SAC RBI bunt from Ryan Waldschmidt and two RBI hits from Gilliam and McCarthy pushed three runs across.
Coach Brad Bohannon discussed the success Kentucky had today at the plate.
“Kentucky is a great team. We walked and hit them nine times today. We cannot expect a good outcome when we do that against a good team,” Bohannon said.
Even though the Wildcats didn’t have one massive inning that determined the game, their offense was on fire throughout the longevity of the game. They scored in five innings which pushed them ahead of Alabama’s lingering comeback.
Alabama’s offense wasn’t enough in game two, but they showed multiple glimpses of hope in the game. The Crimson Tide tallied 12 total hits, which out hit the Wildcats, but left 12 total runners on base.
The fourth and seventh inning for Alabama’s offense kept them alive with big at bats from Andrew Pinckney, Max Williams, and Jim Jarvis.
Pinckney began his season hot from the plate, but has slowly struggled the last couple of weeks to keep that flare in his bat. Today Pinckney was able to turn that around going 2-4 with a RBI.
Coach Bohannon discussed Pinckney’s recent plate appearances.
“He hasn’t been at his best the last week and a half or so. Andrew is making some progress and we are trying to get him going cause he is a big part of this team,” Bohannon said.
Unfortunately for the Tide, their 12 hits were not enough to keep on par with Kentucky.
Alabama looks to avoid the series sweep tomorrow against Kentucky. First pitch has been moved up to 11 am CT at The Joe. Alabama looks to regroup with a strong performance in their mid week game against Middle Tennessee on Tuesday before going on the road to face a scorching hot Arkansas team in Fayetteville.