Posted: 5:27 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2013
What started out as a pitchers duel, quickly turned into a run-fest for Troy in the fourth. Charley Sullivan started for the Tide and cruised through the first three innings before running into trouble. Troy scored all the runs they needed in a five run fourth inning.
Troy's Logan Pierce led off with a double and after Danny Collins walked, Trae Santos poked an opposite field home run to left to stake the Trojans to a three to zero lead. Four singles led to two more runs before Taylor Guilbeau came in for the TIde and closed down Troy. Guilbeau pitched brilliantly in going 5 and 2/3 scoreless innings. The Zachary LA native allowed two singles with one walk and struck out four.
'Bama actually jumped out to an early 1 to 0 lead in the third. Brett Booth singled and advanced to third on Andrew Miller's drag bunt single. Kenny Roberts drilled a line drive to left that left fielder Josh McDorman somehow grabbed for a sacrifice fly.
The Tide's other run came on an Austen Smith home run to left in the seventh. Booth followed with another single but could not be advanced. 'Bama had the tying run at the plate with two outs in the ninth, but Georgie Salem flied out to center to end the game.
Booth led the offense with two singles, Smith had his home run, Salem, Ben Moore and Chance Vincent and Miller all singled. Roberts walked twice. Eight Tide hitters struck out.
'Bama plays the loser of the Florida State, Savannah State game at 12 noon EST on Saturday.
Alabama needs to regroup and play aggressively and swing the bat with authority for their season to continue. The Tide will need to win four games over the next three days to keep their season alive. Sullivan and Guilbeau will not be able to pitch any more this weekend. However, with Mike Oczypok, Spencer Turnbull, Justin Kamplain, Jon Keller, Jay Shaw, Taylor Wolfe, Trey Pilkington and Ray Castillo all still available, 'Bama should be able to piece together enough pitching to continue.
Depending on which team wins the second game the Tide will most likely start Mike Oczypok or Turnbull. If Savannah wins expect Oczypok, if Florida State wins expect Turnbull.
This team continues to pitch well and play outstanding defense but the offense, or lack there of, continues to be the teams Achilles heel. Simply put, two runs will not win many games especially against the best the NCAA has to offer. Going forward this problem must be addressed if Alabama wishes to move out of the middle of the SEC.
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Roll Tide Y'all