Oct. 27, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama baseball team wrapped up their fall practice schedule Friday evening with a 6-6 tie between the Grey and Crimson squads. The Crimson Tide World Series ended in a tie, after the Grey squad opened the three-game series with a 2-0 win on Wednesday and the Crimson squad evened the series with a 5-1 win on Thursday.
“I thought the fall was really productive. We have a lot of young players that have really combined well with some veteran players. They have really started to mesh well over the past six weeks,” Alabama head baseball coach Mitch Gaspard said, “Obviously we’ve got a long way to go and still have a lot of work to do, but certainly we’ve had a very productive six weeks.”
Sophomore outfielder Ben Moore opened the scoring for the Grey with an RBI single in the first. The Grey team added three runs in the second, the first coming on a Ryan Blanchard home run. Riley Colburn scored on an error to make the score 3-0, and Brent Booth’s sacrifice fly to score Daniel Cucjen made the score 4-0 in favor of the Grey squad.
Freshman outfielder Georgie Salem got the Crimson team on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the third inning. In the fourth, the Crimson squad rallied to take the lead 5-4, scoring four runs on six hits, including a solo home run by senior outfielder Andrew Miller.
Mitch Greer’s RBI double in the top of the seventh tied it up for the Grey, 5-5, then Greer scored from second on an error the next at-bat to give the Grey squad a 6-5 lead. Greer finished the night strong, recording two doubles, one RBI and a walk.
Sophomore outfielder Cary Baxter led off the Crimson seventh with a single and scored on Miller’s double to tie the game 6-6. Baxter was 2-for-4 with two singles and two RBIs. Senior pitcher Charley Sullivan retired three straight batters to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, preserving the tie for the Grey. Sullivan struck out seven in four innings pitched, allowing only one run.
Sophomore pitcher Spencer Turnbull from the Crimson squad had a strong night as well, allowing only one earned run in five innings pitched. Turnbull also struck out six batters on the night.
With Friday night’s game under the lights, the Alabama fall season comes to an end. The Crimson Tide will begin practice again in January, before starting the season with a three-game series against the Virginia Military Institute on Feb. 15-17, at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
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