TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama baseball completed the series sweep of High Point with a 4-2 win on Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide is now 8-0 on the season.
The low-scoring affair saw the Tide get on the board first with a run in the third. Alabama added two more in the fourth with High Point countering for two of their own in the top of the fifth. The Tide then returned the lead to two with a single tally in the home half of the fifth for the eventual 4-2 final.
Jacob McNairy (1-0) picked up the win on Sunday, tossing 5.0 innings and allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts. The bullpen took over following McNairy's exit, with Hagan Banks, Kade Woods and Riley Quick blanking the Panthers the rest of the way. Woods struck out five of the six batters he faced with Quick earning the save thanks to a scoreless ninth.
Alabama's offense was highlighted by Colby Shelton who recorded a solo home run, one RBI, a run scored and one walk from the leadoff spot. Bryce Eblin contributed one RBI on a sacrifice fly with Ed Johnson also notching an RBI on his single in the fifth.
From Head Coach Brad Bohannon
"Jacob (McNairy) gave us a great start and the story of the game was the bullpen. Hagan Banks, Kade (Woods) and Riley (Quick) were just outstanding out of the pen, and that experience is going to be really important when we get into a lot more tight games as the season wears on. I'm excited to be 8-0 and really proud of the kids with how they competed against a good club in High Point."
How It Happened
- B3 | Colby Shelton sent a 1-0 pitch the opposite way for a solo home run. (1-0, Alabama)
- B4 | The Tide loaded the bases with one down for Bryce Eblin. The junior sent a ball deep to center for a sacrifice fly that added a run and advanced the man from second. A wild pitch in the next at-bat allowed Will Hodo to score from third for a second tally. (3-0, Alabama)
- T5 | High Point cut the lead to one with a sacrifice fly followed by an RBI-single to plate a pair. (3-2, Alabama)
- B5 | Andrew Pinckney led off the inning with a single before a walk pushed him into scoring position. Ed Johnson brought the leadoff man in one out later with an RBI-single through the left side. (4-2, Alabama)
- Alabama's eight-game winning streak to start the season ties for the 10th-longest in program history. The eight-game streak to start the new year has happened on four previous occasions, most recently by the 2010 team. The all-time record is 15 straight wins by the 1997 team.
- The Crimson Tide pitchers did not issue a walk on Sunday.
- Today's game was the first time this season that the Tide offense did not record double-digit hits.
- Alabama drew a season-high nine walks on Sunday.
- Eight of the nine starters reached base safely in the game.
- Caden Rose reached base safely in today's matchup and has now gotten aboard in 26 straight contests dating back to April 25 of last season.
- Andrew Pinckney finished 1-for-4 and has recorded at least one hit in all eight games this season.
- Drew Williamson's hitting streak came to an end at eight games, dating back to May 28 of last season. Over that stretch, Williamson batted .593 (16-27) with a double, five home runs, 14 RBI, 11 runs and eight walks.
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Next up for Alabama is a midweek contest with Jacksonville State on Wednesday, March 1. The Crimson Tide and Gamecocks are scheduled for a 3 p.m. CT first pitch at Sewell-Thomas Stadium with the game airing on SEC Network+.