TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama’s five-run fourth inning propelled the Crimson Tide to a 7-1 victory over the Presbyterian College baseball team on Saturday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Blue Hose fall to 0-2 on the season, while Alabama improved to 2-0.
How It Happened
The two starting pitchers were in control in each of the first three innings. PC starter Tanner Chock allowed just one hit with four strikeouts through three and retired eight straight at one point. Tide starter Jake Walters allowed at least one Blue Hose to reach in the first, second and third but managed to keep PC off the board each time.
Alabama busted the game open with its five runs in the fourth inning. A one-out single followed by back-to-back home runs from Chandler Taylor and Hunter Alexander gave the Crimson Tide a 3-0 lead. Three batters later, after a Cody Henry single and a strikeout, Tanner DeVinney homered to left to push UA’s lead to 5-0.
Alabama added to its lead with two more runs in the fifth. A one-out walk put a runner aboard before Taylor homered for a second time in the game to make it a 7-0 lead.
PC got on the board with a run in the seventh inning. AJ Priaulx led off the inning with a double to left center to put a runner aboard with no outs. After a strikeout, Nick Guimbarda doubled for his second hit of the night to score Priaulx from second and make it a 7-1 ballgame.
Alabama was able to tack on one more in the bottom half of the eighth. The Tide loaded the bases with no outs. After a popout, Cobie Vance hit a sacrifice fly to right to plate the runner from third and make it an 8-1 lead. Robert Moss would come on for PC and get a popout two batters later to end the inning with no further damage done.
Taylor led the Crimson Tide, going 2-for-4 with two home runs, runs and four RBIs on the night. Vance and Alexander each went 3-for-4 with a run.
Pitchers of Record
Walters earned the victory for Alabama with 6.0 scoreless innings in his first start of the year. He allowed three hits with one walk against seven strikeouts.
Chock suffered the loss, going 4.2 innings and allowing seven runs on seven hits with just a lone walk against seven strikeouts.
Player of the Game
Nick Guimbarda led the Blue Hose on the night, going 2-for-2 with a walk, a double and an RBI. The double came in the seventh to score Priaulx from second and give PC its only run of the night. He records the first multi-hit game by a PC player this season.
- Jackson Dean made his first appearance at PC after redshirting a year ago. The righty recorded a scoreless seventh inning, allowing a pair hits but tallying a pair of strikeouts.
- Cletis Avery stole two bases in the game, the first two stolen bases by PC this season. He swiped 15 bases a year ago, second-most on the team.
The series wraps up tomorrow with PC and Alabama meeting at 2 p.m. ET again at Sewell-Thomas Stadium with the game again being streamed on the SEC Network+.