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Fifth-inning surge lifts Bama to comeback victory

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Despite falling behind early, Alabama baseball continued to battle on the way to a 10-6 comeback victory over High Point on Saturday. The series-clinching win moved the Tide to 7-0 on the young season.

After a pair of scoreless innings to start, High Point got out front with a six-run third inning. The Crimson Tide was blanked in each of the next two frames before a seven-run fifth gave UA the advantage. Alabama maintained the lead from that point on, adding three more insurance runs in the eighth to secure the win.

Alabama's fifth was highlighted by a go-ahead three-run home run from Dominic Tamez with Drew Williamson adding a three-run homer in the seventh. Tamez finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored while Williamson matched him in RBI as part of a 2-for-5 showing that included two runs. Also highlighting the offensive stat sheet was Tommy Seidl, who reached base safely in all four plate appearances with four walks and two runs scored.

The Tide bullpen was solid once again. The trio of Connor Ball, Zane Probst and Braylon Myers kept the HPU offense at bay, limiting the Panthers to just three hits and three walks over the final 6.0 scoreless frames. Ball (1-0) picked up the win with 2.1 innings of relief while Myers earned his second save in as many chances. The sophomore worked the last 2.1 innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out a pair.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon
"I'm really proud of our team on so many levels. The term I keep using with this group is 'maturity'. You can be down six, and a lot of times young players try to hit seven-run home runs and do too much, but our guys just kept playing. The bullpen was outstanding - Connor Ball, Zane Probst and Braylon Myers. We talk a lot about winning the middle of the game, and those guys came in to stabilize things for us. They gave our offense a chance and Dominic Tamez had the big home run to give us the lead, and then Drew Williamson had the dagger there in the eighth."

How It Happened

  • T3 | The Panthers jumped out front with a six-run third that included three home runs. (6-0, High Point)
  • B5 | Alabama began the inning by loading the bases for Caden Rose. The junior reached on a fielder's choice, pushing a run across, before a fielder's choice from Andrew Pinckney added another tally. A single and a walk then loaded the bases for Bryce Eblin, who hit a grounder past second for a two-run single. Dominic Tamez followed, homering to left-center to put the Tide in front and cap the seven-run frame. (7-6, Alabama)
  • B8 | Drew Williamson widened the gap for the Tide, battling across an eight-pitch at-bat for the eventual three-run homer. (10-6, Alabama)

Postgame Notes

  • All 10 of Alabama's runs came with two outs on Saturday.
  • The Crimson Tide bats finished 7-for-15 (.467) with two outs.
  • Alabama totaled 12 hits and has recorded double-digit hits in all seven games to start the season. The stretch matches the 2021 Tide from April 4-15, who also tallied double-digit hits in seven consecutive contests.
  • All nine starters reached base safely in the game.
  • Eight of the nine starters recorded at least one hit.
  • Another eight of the nine starters tallied at least one run scored on the day.
  • Drew Williamson extended his hitting streak to eight games, dating back to May 28 of last season. Over that stretch, Williamson is batting .593 (16-27) with a double, five home runs, 14 RBI, 11 runs and eight walks.
  • Andrew Pinckney finished 1-for-5 and has recorded at least one hit in all seven games this season.
  • Caden Rose reached base safely in today's matchup and has now gotten aboard in 25 straight contests dating back to April 25 of last season.
  • Tommy Seidl finished with a career-high four walks in today's game. The four-walk performance was the first by a Tide hitter since Bryce Eblin drew four free passes against Samford on April 13, 2021.
  • ATTENDANCE: 3,347

Alabama will go for the series sweep on Sunday at The Joe. The Crimson Tide will send right-hander Jacob McNairy to the mound while the Panthers counter with Gus Hughes, also a righty. The weekend finale is scheduled for a 1 p.m. CT first pitch on SEC Network+.