Baseball Wins Fourth Straight With 4-3 Victory Over South Alabama
Feb. 28, 2012
Tusacloosa, Ala. - An eighth inning two run single by Jared Reaves boosted Alabama to a 4-3 victory over in-state opponent South Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, Tuesday night. The win was the fourth in a row by Alabama, whose record now stands at 4-3. With the loss, the Jaguars fall to 2-6.
Alabama was led offensively by Reaves, who went 2-for-4, with two RBI and the go ahead two-RBI hit. Also contributing in the win was Brett Booth, going 1-for-3, recording two RBI. Two triples, by Austen Smith and Jon Kelton, highlighted the night for Alabama.
"Offensively, the hits didn't show up quite like I thought, but our approach was much better and (Jared) Reaves got the big hit when we had to have it," UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said of the evening's 4-3 victory. "(Jon) Keller came in and did a nice job, then I thought in the back of the game (Jake) Hubbard and (Ian) Gardeck did a nice job shutting it down. It was a good win for us."
Freshman Jake Hubbard (1-0) got the victory this evening, the first of his career at Alabama. He went 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit, while striking out two. Junior Ian Gardeck pitched a scoreless ninth inning to notch his first save of the year and of his Alabama career.
Kyle Bartsch (0-2) of South Alabama takes the loss this evening. He gave up two runs on three hits in 2.0 innings of work.
In the top of the second inning, South Alabama left runners on second and third to end the inning, after a Spencer Turnbull strikeout ended the inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Alabama's Austen Smith tripled, and scored on a Brett Booth sac fly. Alabama left one runner in scoring position, however, as Jon Kelton was stranded at third, after his two-out triple.
Alabama got on the board again in the fourth, when Smith walked and scored on a Booth double.
With the Tide leading 2-0, South Alabama answered in the seventh with a three-RBI double by Brad Hook to take the lead at 3-2.
Alabama found a spark in the bottom of the eighth inning. After the Tide loaded the bases off Bartsch, Reaves knocked single up the middle against the drawn in infield of the Jaguars, to drive in both Hunter Gregory and Taylor Dugas to put the Tide up for good, 4-3.
Alabama starter Turnbull went 5.0 innings, giving up three hits and no runs, while striking out a career high four batters and walking four, getting a no decision.
"I thought Spencer Turnbull was outstanding in his five innings, particularly in his first collegiate start. You can see why we're excited about him. He's got a great arm, his secondary pitches will develop as he goes and I think he's going to be outstanding," head coach Mitch Gaspard said.
Turnbull was relieved by Jon Keller (0-0), who threw a perfect sixth inning. South Alabama starter Anthony Izzio went 6.0 innings, giving up two runs on four hits, but got the no decision.
Alabama will play its first road game of the 2012 season on Wednesday, Feb. 29 when it travels to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. (CST) from Pete Taylor Field. The Tide will start sophomore right-hander Case Nixon (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Golden Eagles will counter with senior righty Andrew Pierce (0-1, 3.38 ERA).
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