A lifeless, listless, Crimson Tide baseball team sleepwalked through their matchup with Jacksonville State on Tuesday night and paid the price, losing 4-0 while only collecting three hits on the night. JSU won both games in the series last year, after losing 11 in a row to the Tide over the previous six seasons. Alabama fell to 18-12 on the year while JSU improved to 16-9.
Sam Gardner started on the mound for the Tide and kept a clean score card through four innings, allowing only one hit and walking two. However in the fifth he ran into trouble, starting with a walk to the leadoff man. The next batter hit a routine double play ball to shortstop Jett Manning, but Manning bobbled the ball and was only able to get the lead runner at second. After a single put two on, Gardner recorded a strikeout on what very likely should have been out three. A run scoring single came next, and when Gardner was late backing up the plate, both runners moved into scoring position. Taylor Hawthorne then guided a seeing eye single through the left side for two runs. After a walk Gardner was replaced by Mason Duke, who was greeted by another run scoring single. Duke got a strikeout to end the inning and stop the bleeding. The four Gamecock runs were more than enough to stem the Tide.
‘Bama wasted the few scoring opportunities they had, stranding eight runners on base. In the bottom of the first Cobie Vance led off with a double and was joined on the base paths by Jeaux Breaux, who was hit by a pitch. A double play and fly out ended the inning. In the third Vance singled and advanced to third, but was stranded again. In the eighth Kyle Kaufman and Vance opened the inning by drawing walks, but three straight outs stranded them in place.
Gardner was the losing pitcher, dropping his record to 1-2, pitching 4.2 innings and allowing a bunch of fours: four hits, four walks, four strikeouts, and four runs. Duke, Tyler Adams, and Dylan Duarte all pitched scoreless baseball over the last 4.1 innings. The Tide only collected three hits while drawing five walks, one hit batter, and stranding eight men on base. The Gamecocks had nine hits, drew four walks, struck out nine times, and stranded nine runners. Vance led the way with a double, single, and walk. Keith Holcombe doubled with two outs in the fourth for the only other safety by the Tide.
Coach Brad Bohannon was upset with the effort that he saw, and subbed out six players during the game. Only regular catcher Sam Praytor of the position players did not see action. Including pitchers, 19 players saw the field on Tuesday. The Tide will take tomorrow off as their required off day, then travel to Missouri on Thursday and practice upon arrival. The series with the Tigers is looking to be played in temperatures in the 30’s with a very good chance of snow. Game times are at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday. All games will be on the ESPN App, SEC Network Plus.
Who Did What?
- Cobie Vance, 2-3, double, walk
- Keith Holcombe, walk, stolen base, double
That’s all folks.
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