Posted: 9:35 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013
By Bob Lynch
Well the Rebels dropped a tough one yesterday to Arkansas 2-1 in a very evenly matched game. Great pitching fell through late, as a two-out wild pitch from freshman Matt Denney allowed the winning run to cross the plate in extra innings. Don't fault Denney, though, because the run support for both teams did no pitchers any favors.
After that game, the Tide fell to LSU by a score of 3-0. That means that our matchup sets up the loser to go home, while the winner will advance to play the loser of Friday's LSU/Arkansas game.
Heading into the SEC tourney, the Tide were led at the plate by Ben Moore, hitting for a .290 average, driving in 38 runs and slugging at a .438 clip. Ben Moore is also tied for the team lead with 12 doubles and leads the team with 4 triples. Mikey White led the team during SEC play with a .350 average. Mikey White finished the season tied for second with Kyle Overstreet for .284 average. Brett Booth and Austen Smith are tied for the team lead with 6 home runs each.
The Tide have not exactly been an offensive juggernaut this season but they do pitch and field well enough to stay close in games. The Rebels were fortunate to sweep the season series but will be facing the Tide without their top 3 pitchers available in Wahl, Mayers and Smith. Expect a close game and a higher scoring game, with both teams being thin in pitching right now.