Seven runs in second leads to baseball win


By Hannah Saad

Cody Estremera, Sports Editor

It started on the first pitch an Alabama batter saw.

Center fielder Joe Breaux drilled the pitch to right field, which landed in the stands for his third career home run. It was one of two runs scored in the inning, leading to a 13-2 win.

“I don’t think we have a traditional team from pitching staff or batting order,” coach Brad Bohannon said. “We just tell them whether you’re hitting first or hitting third, just be you. Joe is better when he’s aggressive.”

The Crimson Tide scored in each of the first four innings of the game, most notably the second where Alabama brought 10 batters to the plate.

In the second, Alabama singled three times and had a double. It mainly got on base by drawing walks (three) and a hit by pitch. The first run of the inning was off a walk, while the double and two of the singles brought in a pair of runs each.

Only three starters failed to record a hit, one of which was Sam Finnerty who never batted. By the end of the fifth, Bohannon had replaced his entire starting lineup. Eighteen different batters had an at-bat for Alabama.

Outfielders Keith Holcombe and Tyler Gentry both finished with two hits and three RBIs. Holcombe also scored two runs.

Overall, Alabama finished with 10 hits and nine walks.

“Part of that was some of their guys didn’t command the ball great today,” Bohannon said. “That’s a big part of being a hitter, if you can control the strike zone… I think any good hitting coach makes that important.”

On the mound, Alabama used six pitchers. They combined for two runs on six hits, while striking out nine Gamecocks.

Wil Freeman started and went an inning, throwing 10 pitches. He allowed a run and two hits. Brock Guffey followed by throwing two innings. He also allowed a run off two hits.

Kyle Cameron, Davis Vainer, Dylan Smith and Dylan Oliver threw the remaining six innings. They allowed two hits.

Cameron finished with the win. He pitched two perfect innings and struck out three hitters.

“I thought, especially Kyle Cameron, was outstanding,” Bohannon said. “His changeup was really good and was ahead in the count a lot. Dylan Smith was another guy who came in and was ahead in the count a lot.”

Alex London finished with the loss. He threw just 1 1/3 innings, while letting up six runs (five earned) off four hits. He walked all three batters in the second inning.

Alabama plays again on Wednesday when it hosts Alabama State. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. weather permitting.