April 5, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Freshman left fielder Hunter Webb delivered a go-ahead ninth-inning RBI double to lift the No. 15 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team to a 6-4 win over the Texas A&M Aggies in the second game of a Southeastern Conference doubleheader from Blue Bell Park on Saturday.
With the game tied at 4-4, Chance Vincent had a single to left field off Texas A&M (19-14, 5-7 SEC) closer and losing pitcher Jason Jester (2-2) to start the two-run ninth-inning rally for the Tide (22-9, 8-4 SEC) and Taylor Poe, who was making his first collegiate start, followed with an infield single. After a meeting on the mound, Webb smacked the first pitch he saw from Jester to the left center field gap to plate the game-winning run, as Vincent scored from second. After Georgie Salem was intentionally walked, Mikey White followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Tide in front 6-4.
Thomas Burrows took over for Ray Castillo in the bottom of the ninth and retired the three batters he faced, with one strikeout, to record his fourth save and secure the road SEC series win for Alabama. Castillo (1-0) earned the win after taking over for UA starter Jon Keller with one out in the sixth inning. Castillo threw 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits with a walk. Keller did not factor into the decision, but went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
For the fourth straight game, Alabama put together 10 hits, as seven players had at least one hit while four recorded multiple hits. The seven through nine hitters in the Tide order were 5-for-12 with three RBI and three runs scored, including the two runs in the ninth inning.
Vincent, who started the ninth inning rally, was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Webb, who delivered the game-winning RBI, was 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored and Taylor Poe was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Georgie Salem had two hits for his team-leading 12th multiple hit game of the season, White was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored and Kyle Overstreet was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Alabama took a 1-0 lead when Webb scored from third on a ground out by White in the third inning. The Tide extended its lead to 4-1 with a three-run sixth inning, that included an RBI single by Overstreet and a two-run single by Vincent.
With the three-run cushion, the Tide defense committed four errors in the home half of the sixth inning, allowing the Aggies to score three unearned runs and tie the game at 4-4.
After getting the final two outs of the sixth inning, Castillo blanked the Aggies over the next two innings to keep the game even, before handing the ball over to Burrows for the ninth inning. Burrows is 4-for-4 in save opportunities this season.
Alabama returns to action on Tuesday night when it hosts the UAB Blazers. First pitch at Sewell-Thomas Stadium is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT.
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Alabama Postgame Notes
*In eight all-time meetings between the two schools, Alabama is now 4-4 all-time versus the Aggies.
*After losing the first game of the doubleheader 13-8, and winning the second game 6-4, Alabama is now 22-1 when it scores three or more runs this season.
*Alabama is now 4-6 in road games and 6-6 in games away from Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
*With 11 hits in the game one and 10 hits in game two, Alabama has 16 double-digit hits game of the season and has had at least 10 hits in its last four games.
*Taylor Poe made his first collegiate start in game two of the doubleheader.
*Poe’s ninth inning single was his first hit in SEC play and just his second hit of the season.
*Georgie Salem had two hits in game two of the doubleheader to recorded his 12th multiple-hit game of the year (30th career), to move into the team lead in multi-hit games this season.
*With two hits in game one of the doubleheader, Kyle Overstreet notched his 11th multiple hit game of the season.
*Austen Smith notched his ninth multi-hit game of the season and the 48th of his career, going 2-for-5 in game one of the doubleheader.
*Hunter Webb delivered two doubles in game two of the doubleheader for his fourth multi-hit game of the season.
*Webb hit .444 (4-for-9) in the series, with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBI.
*Chance Vincent was 2-for-4 to record his fifth multi-hit game of the season. Vincent finished the Texas A&M series with a team-high .556 (5-for-9) average, with a double, two walks, four RBI and three runs scored.
*Mikey White hit .455 (5-for-11) in the series, with a double, three RBI and two runs scored.
*White was also hit by a pitch twice in the series and now leads the team with 10 HBP this season.