The Crimson Tide were firing on all cylinders Tuesday evening, victorious over non-conference opponent Troy University 7-2 in their midweek matchup.
The baseball must have looked like a beach ball for the Alabama offense, as the Tide reeled off 11 hits – with four players having a multi-hit night.
“It was a really complete effort overall. We had to do a good job of staying focused with the delay to start and then another delay in the game,” said interim head coach Jason Jackson.
Third baseman Bryce Eblin set the tone for the Crimson Tide offense in the fourth inning singling to right field, allowing Ed Johnson to advance to third. A throwing error from Troy’s right fielder Ethan Kavanagh then gave Johnson the opportunity to sprint home, giving the Tide their first run of the game.
Eblin’s night was just beginning, as he would go 3-for-4 on the night highlighted by an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth that started a huge inning for the Tide. Alabama would score three runs that inning, giving them a 6-2 lead headed into the seventh.
Contributions from Tommy Seidl, Andrew Pinckney and Drew Williamson all aided in the victory, with the group combining for six hits and two RBIs. Williamson would tack on a homer in the seventh inning that put Alabama’s seventh and final run on the scoreboard.
Alabama utilized four pitchers against Troy, allowing just four hits, one earned run and a combined 13 strikeouts.
Starting pitcher Hunter Furtado led the way with a career-high seven strikeouts. His previous best was five Ks on March 1, 2022, against UT Martin.
“Furtado had the spot start and went out and pitched 3.2 innings for us, gave us a good start and got us into the game. Then, Aidan Moza came in, looked really sharp and did a good job of keeping it tight in the middle. Their effort gave our offense a chance to get going,” Jackson said.
The win improves Alabama’s record to 33-16, while the Trojans fall to 33-17 on the season.
The Crimson Tide head south for a Mother’s Day weekend series versus the (29-20, 11-13 SEC) Texas A&M Aggies. This will be their second-to-last regular season series. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT while games two and three have afternoon start times at 2 and 3 p.m. CT.
Following this series, the Tide returns home to The Joe to finish off the regular season against conference opponent, the Ole Miss Rebels. That series will start on Thursday, May 18.
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