TUSCALOOSA, Alabama- In a wild game that featured six lead changes, a four-run ninth inning pushed Alabama Baseball past Troy, 11-8, Saturday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide is now 42-19 this season and 2-0 in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional.
Alabama was first to strike with two runs in the second before a five-run third for Troy put the Trojans ahead. The Tide responded with a fourth-place finish in fourth to regain the lead before Troy evened things up at six apiece with one in fifth. UA regained the lead with a solo homer from Andrew Pinckney in the sixth, but again the Trojans took the lead with a two-run sixth. Both teams were scoreless until the ninth when a two-out error helped the Tide tackle four for the win.
Tide’s offense hit 13 hits with eight of nine starters registering at least one hit. Pinckney again led the way, going 3-for-4 with a triple, the home run, two RBIs, a pair of runs and a walk. Caden Rose also homered with 2 for 3 and added a brace, two RBIs, two walks and a team-high three runs scored.
Hunter Hoopes (2-1) took the win with 1.0 scoreless frames, while Alton Davis II made his eighth save of the year with a scoreless ninth that included a strikeout. The defeat went to Noah Manning (3-3).
From Interim Head Coach Jason Jackson
“It was a hell of a baseball game. It was two really talented teams, two talented offenses and the crowd and the atmosphere was great. It was a home and away game, and I’m super proud of our guys. They all fought night and I kept believing until the last one in the ninth.”
How did it happen
T2 | With one over and one down, Caden Rose sent a ball over the wall to right center. (2-0, Alabama)
B3 | The Trojans charged the goals before a double play cut two and crossed one. A single down the middle in the next at-bat evened things up before a single put up two on board for William Sullivan. The junior cleared the bases with a three-run homer left. (5-2, Troy)
T4 | The Tide put two in scoring position to start the fourth. Jim Jarvis took the opportunity, singular in the center to score one and put the runners on the corners. A following single at bat from Tommy Seidl added one before a pair of errors allowed another run through and moved Seidl to second. Seidl then advanced to third on a flyout before a right-center single from Dominic Tamez cleared the go-ahead run. (6-5, Alabama)
B5 | Kole Myers even set things up with a solo homer to center right. (6-6)
T6 | Andrew Pinckney put the Tide back in front with a solo homer left. (7-6, Alabama)
B6 | A single to the right with the bases loaded tied things up. One out later, a sacrifice ball in the middle gave the Trojans the lead. (8-7, Troy)
T9 | Pinched hitter Will Hodo walked a base followed by a walk to Rose with both runners moving into scoring position on a flyout. Seidl was next, crashing short but an errant pitch allowed both runners to score and keep the inning alive. Pinckney added one more on the next at-bat with a triple on the line just before an intentional walk to Drew Williamson put runners in the corners for Tamez. The junior widened the gap with a single down the middle to score Pinckney. (11-8, Alabama)
- Tonight’s attendance was 5,800 for Crimson Tide’s sixth sold-out sale of the 2023 campaign and second in as many days. Sewell-Thomas Stadium was also sold out for all three Auburn series games from April 14-16 as well as the series finale against Vanderbilt on May 6.
- Alabama finished with 13 hits and had double-digit hits in 36 games this season.
- Eight of the nine starters had at least one hit.
- The Crimson Tide recorded a home run in 52 of 61 games in 2023 while producing multiple home runs 33 times.
- Alabama has managed 24 consecutive games. The streak dates back to April 18 at UAB.
- Tommy Seidl extended his season-long hitting streak to 12 games at Alabama with a 2-for-6 effort. Over the 12-game streak, Seidl is averaging .404 (19-47) with five doubles, two home runs, 14 RBIs, 14 runs, four walks, three hits per pitch and one stolen base.
- ATTENDANCE: 5,800 (SELLOUT)
Alabama will await their opponent in Game 2 on Sunday. The Tide will take on the winner of the Boston College-Troy game at 8 p.m. CT with the game airing on ESPN+.