JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - The Crimson Tide offense erupted for a season-high 18 hits on the way to a 13-6 win over Jacksonville State on Tuesday evening at Rudy Abbott Field. The win moves Alabama to 27-22 on the season.
The Crimson Tide scored in five of the nine innings on Tuesday, highlighted by a five-run fifth, on the way to 13 runs. Alabama gained an early advantage with two in the first and added one in the fourth before the five-run fifth. The Tide then plated two in the sixth before JSU got on the board with three in the seventh. Alabama came right back with three in the eighth before a three-run ninth by the Gamecocks ended things at 13-6.
All nine starters for the Crimson Tide recorded at least one hit, led by Zane Denton's 3-for-5 effort. The junior hit his team-leading 12th home run of the season - a grand slam - and added two runs to go with a career-high five RBI. Andrew Pinckney also homered, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBI, a walk and a team-high tying three runs. Tommy Seidl matched Pinckney with three runs and a home run while going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
Antoine Jean (3-1) picked up the win in his first appearance since April. The junior tossed 2.1 scoreless innings with three hits and a walk in the midweek start.
From Head Coach Brad Bohannon
"We haven't scored in bunches very often this year. We were really inefficient in the first three innings - we had people on base, had some baserunning blunders and didn't cash in - but I think the swing by Zane (Denton) kind of put us in a good spot and let us cruise the rest of the way out. We scored in double-digits, we had 18 hits, we barreled a lot of balls, and it was a good offensive performance for us today."
How It Happened
- T1 | A two-out, two-run home run from Andrew Pinckney gave UA the early lead. (2-0, Alabama)
- T4 | Tommy Seidl led off the inning with a single before moving to second on a passed ball. The senior advanced to third on an infield groundout before a second infield groundout allowed him to score. (3-0, Alabama)
- T5 | The Tide loaded the bases with one down for Zane Denton. Denton proceeded to send a ball over the wall in right-center for a grand slam. A pair of singles followed by a two-out walk loaded them up again for Caden Rose with the sophomore hustling for an RBI-single on the infield. (8-0, Alabama)
- T6 | Pinckney led off the inning with a single before a double from Owen Diodati put the pair in scoring position. Following a pair of outs, an error on a fly ball allowed both runners to score and widen the gap. (10-0, Alabama)
- B7 | A three-run home run by Isaac Alexander got the Gamecocks on the board. (10-3, Alabama)
- T8 | Pinch-hitter Will Hodo doubled with one down before Denton plated him in the next at-bat on an RBI-single. Seidl followed with a two-run home run to add to the Tide advantage. (13-3, Alabama)
- B9 | The Gamecocks used a walk and three hits to plate three runs in the ninth. (13-6, Alabama)
- Antoine Jean got the start in tonight's game. It was his first appearance since April 2 against Texas A&M.
- The Crimson Tide recorded 11 strikeouts and has punched out 10-or-more batters in 24 games this season.
- Alabama totaled a season-high 18 hits on Tuesday. The Tide's previous high for hits was 15, which happened on two occasions and most recently against Samford on April 26.
- The Crimson Tide's 18 hits are the most in a single game since UA recorded 20 at College of Charleston on March 7 of last season.
- Alabama's 18 hits mark the 26th game UA has totaled double-digit hits in this season.
- All nine starters recorded at least one hit in the game.
- With his 2-for-6 evening, Caden Rose has now recorded a hit in five straight games. Over that stretch, the sophomore is batting .450 (9-20) with three doubles, a home run, two RBI, four runs and two walks.
- Zane Denton recorded a career-high five RBI in tonight's game. His previous high for RBI was three which he has had on four previous occasions, most recently at Ole Miss on April 10.
- Denton's grand slam was the Tide's second of the season. Drew Williamson also recorded a grand slam at Ole Miss on April 9.
Alabama will now head to Auburn for a three-game series with the Tigers. Things get started at 7:30 p.m. CT on Friday followed by a 2 p.m. first pitch on Saturday and a 3 p.m. start in Sunday's series finale. The bookend games will air in front of a national audience on SEC Network with game two being broadcast on SEC Network+.