March 21, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- The No. 28 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide opened its Southeastern Conference series at Arkansas with a 17-9 victory from Baum Stadium on Friday night. The Tide collected 15 hits in the game, while scoring the most runs ever against the Razorbacks, in 74 games of the all-time series.
Alabama (15-6, 3-1 SEC) and Arkansas (11-8, 1-3 SEC) return to Baum Stadium on Saturday with game two of the series, with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 p.m. CT. The Tide will start junior LHP Justin Kamplain (2-2, 3.67) and the Razorbacks will counter with sophomore RHP Trey Killian (0-3, 3.06).
The Tide pounded out 15 hits as Austen Smith, Georgie Salem, Ben Moore, Wade Wass, Mikey White, Kyle Overstreet and Chance Vincent all had multiple hits in the game. Smith finished the night with two more hits, including a double, a three-run home run, four RBI and two runs scored. Salem was 3-for-6 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, Overstreet had three RBI and scored twice and Wass was 2-for-3 with a double a three-run homer, a career-high four RBI and three runs scored.
Jay Shaw (1-1) came out of the bullpen to throw four scoreless innings to record his first win of the season. Shaw got the final three outs in the fifth inning, before holding the Razorbacks off the scoreboard for the next three innings. Shaw went four innings, allowing two hits with a walk and a strikeout.
After three scoreless innings, Alabama took a 1-0 lead on an RBI double by Wass, driving in Moore who singled to lead off the fourth. Smith walked on four pitches then a weather delay stalled the game for 53 minutes. After the delay, Arkansas went to freshman RHP Zack Jackson, who struck out Will Haynie, before giving up a 2-run double to the left field corner to Vincent that put the Tide ahead 3-0.
Geoffrey Bramblett replaced UA starter Spencer Turnbull (3 IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 1K) in the bottom of the fourth and gave up a two-out grand slam to Tyler Spoon. The Razorbacks loaded the bases on a one-out single and a walk then with two outs Bramblett hit Brian Anderson to load the bases. Spoon hit the next pitch over the 365 marker in right center.
Bama responded in the top of the next inning, scoring five times in the inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Overstreet hit a sharp grounder that Arkansas shortstop Michael Bernal couldn't handle, which allowed Hughston and Salem to score. With runners on the corners, Wass hit a towering shot over the 375-foot sign in left center field to give the Tide an 8-4 lead.
After Arkansas cut the Tide lead to 8-6 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth of Bramblett, Alabama answered with two more runs on a triple by Overstreet, making the score 10-6. After scoring two more runs on a Salem double to the right field corner, Smith connected for a 3-run home run to center field to make the score 15-6, capping a 7-run sixth inning for the Tide.
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*Alabama is now 43-31 all-time against Arkansas and 14-20 when playing in Fayetteville.
*Head coach Mitch Gaspard is now 5-10 when coaching against Arkansas.
*The 17 runs against Arkansas are the most runs ever scored against the Razorbacks, topping the 15 runs the Tide scored against the Hogs in a 15-8 victory in Tuscaloosa on April 24, 1999.
*The 17 runs by the Tide are the most ever scored in the series between either team.
*With three scoreless innings against Arkansas, Spencer Turnbull has now thrown 17.1 scoreless innings while going 26.1 innings without allowing an earned run.
*In his last 12 games, Austen Smith is 19-for-36 (.528) with three home runs, five doubles, 18 RBI and 15 runs scored.
*With his 9th inning home run against Kentucky, Smith is 8-for-10 with 3 home runs, 2 doubles, 8 RBI, 7 runs scored and has reached base in 11 of 13 plate appearances
*Wade Wass hit his first career home run, a three-run shot in the fifth inning.
*Alabama ranks fourth in the SEC with 14 home runs this season, with seven coming in the last four games.
*Wass notched his sixth multi-hit game of the season with a double and a home run.
*Georgie Salem had two singles and a double for his third game this season with at least three hits.
*Salem's multi-hit game was his team-leading of the season, for the 27th of his career
*Kyle Overstreet notched his first triple of the season and second on his career, with a 2-run triple in the 6th.
*Casey Hughston's hitting streak ended at five games after going 0-for-2 with two runs scored after coming off the bench.