Four-Run Fifth Propels Alabama Baseball Past Samford, 5-4
Feb. 26, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Alabama used a four-run fifth inning and added another run in the seventh to defeat the Samford Bulldogs, 5-4, on Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 7-1 on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 5-5 overall.
The freshmen led another Crimson Tide comeback as relief pitcher Mitch Greer (1-0) earned his first career win, throwing 2.0 innings, allowing no runs and one hit with a walk and four strikeouts. Sophomore lefty Justin Kamplain threw the final 2.1 innings to earn his second save of the season. Kamplain allowed one hit, a solo home run in the eighth, walked one and struck out three. Samford reliever Andrew Gracia (0-2) took the loss after throwing 0.1 innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits with a strikeout.
Freshman shortstop Mikey White was 3-for-5 with two runs scored to record his second multi-hit game of the year. Freshman second baseman Kyle Overstreet was 1-for-2 with a single two walks and two RBI, which came in the big four-run Alabama fifth. Senior catcher Brett Booth pitched in two walks and a run scored and junior first baseman Austen Smith had two singles, a walk and an RBI.
Sophomore left hander Taylor Guilbeau got the start for Alabama, giving the Tide 4.1 innings of work, while allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Samford starting pitcher Patrick Maronde also did not factor into the decision after throwing 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with six walks and a strikeout.
“I thought it was a real battle tonight. Samford was dynamite,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “The first four or five innings I thought [Taylor] Guilbeau threw the ball really well, but they did a good job of staying on some pitches and driving the ball the other way. I thought the key to the game was that we hung in there. Mikey White’s backhand play was really big to keep the game at 3-0.”
Guilbeau allowed runners on the corners in the first, but Booth gunned out a runner trying to steal second and Guilbeau struck out the next batter to get out of it. However, Samford broke through for a run in the second and added two more in the third to go up, 3-0.
The Tide responded in the fifth with a rally of their own, scoring four times against the Bulldogs. After a White single, sophomore right fielder Ben Moore hit a bloop single down the right field line to advance White to third. White scored on a throwing error by the catcher when Moore stole second. Another throwing error went the Tide’s way again on Roberts’ infield single to score Moore from second. Overstreet brought Booth and Roberts in on a two RBI single to give the Tide the lead, 4-3.
“The front part of the game we actually had better swings than we did later in the game when we hit some balls and scored some runs,” Gaspard said. “I thought our team hung in there and kept the game within striking distance and was solid defensively. We had a big inning in the fifth inning when we took the lead and just hung on from there.
The Tide added to their lead in the seventh inning, as Smith was able to leg out a bases-loaded infield single, putting Alabama up 5-3. Kamplain closed the door from there, allowing his only run of the night on a Bulldogs solo home run in the eighth.
Alabama will remain at home this weekend when it hosts the Tulane Green Wave, beginning on Friday night at 6:05 p.m. CT, from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 2:05 p.m. CT, and the series wraps up on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. CT.
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