BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama Baseball got a gutsy 9-7 win over the UAB Blazers in 10 innings to move to 9-0 on the season behind 16 hits from the offense.

“We just went out and played baseball and did not panic when we went behind early,” head coach Rob Vaughn said.

As they’d done in the past two games, Alabama fell behind by four runs early due to some defensive woes from the infield behind starting pitcher Zane Adams. In his 3 innings pitched, Adams allowed 1 run on 7 hits. The work of Tyler Fay kept the Tide in the game however, as he didn’t allow a run in his 3.2 innings of relief.

“I wanted to do the best I could to keep the game close and see what the offense could do,” Fay said.

The Tide’s offense got off to a slow start offensively and only figured out UAB pitcher Braxton Shelton in the fifth inning when Bryce Eblin cut the lead in half with a towering two-run home run to get the team’s first hit of the evening.

TJ McCants had evened the score at four in the top of the seventh with an opposite field two-run home run to extend his hitting streak to nine games. McCants leads the team with nine home runs on the season.

In the bottom half of the seventh, Alton Davis II came in for Fay and fired up the Crimson Tide faithful with a strikeout to strand the bases loaded. The momentum carried into the top of the eighth when Mac Guscette gave Alabama the lead with a RBI single up the middle, followed by an RBI single by Gage Miller to give Alabama the two-run advantage.

“I was just trying to do my job and put the ball in play,” said Guscette on the go-ahead run.

The Blazers clawed back, cutting the deficit to one in the eighth with a solo home run by Gavin Lewis Jr. The game was tied by a fielder’s choice ground ball to first in the bottom of the ninth, but the work of Matthew Heiberger took the game to extras.

In extras, Alabama was able to blow open the game with RBIs from Ian Petrutz and Miller, who also scored from third on a wild pitch. Despite giving up a run, Heiberger secured the save and the win – finishing the night with three strikeouts in 1.2 innings.

Next up for Alabama is a trip to Frisco, Texas to play in the Frisco Classic against Indiana, with first pitch set for 6 p.m. CT.