No. 24 Bama's Holman, Davis II shut out South Alabama
MOBILE, Ala. - Alabama baseball's Luke Holman and Alton Davis II combined to shut out South Alabama 4-0 on Tuesday evening at Stanky Field. The 22nd-ranked Crimson Tide is now 16-2 heading into Southeastern Conference play.
Luke Holman (4-0) was impressive once again, picking up his team-leading fourth win of the year. The sophomore tossed a career-high 7.0 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just three hits while striking out nine. Alton Davis II followed with 2.0 frames that included one punchout to secure the 4-0 victory.
Alabama's offense was powered by Will Hodo. The sophomore finished 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored. Hodo's two hits were a part of the Tide's 10 total in the contest.
From Head Coach Brad Bohannon
"Obviously, the story of the game for us was Luke Holman. He was outstanding. Any time you go 7.0 shutout innings with three hits, no walks and nine punchouts, you give your team a chance to win. (Will) Hodo hit the two-run home run and then got the big two-out single and that was the story offensively for us. Overall, this was a great win and will give us some momentum headed to Gainesville."
How It Happened
T3 | Will Hodo sent a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right for a two-run homer. (2-0, Alabama)
T4 | Drew Williamson got aboard with a leadoff walk before stealing second to put himself in scoring position. On the very next pitch, Williamson came home thanks to an RBI-single from Dominic Tamez. (3-0, Alabama)
T5 | Caden Rose reached on a fielder's choice before stealing second. The play resulted in an errant throw that allowed the junior to move to third. One out later, Hodo singled to left to score Rose and make it a four-run ballgame. (4-0, Alabama)
- Luke Holman set a new career-high total for innings with 7.0 in tonight's start. His previous high was 5.0 last Tuesday at Samford.
- Holman finished with nine punchouts and now has 21 strikeouts across 12.0 innings of work in his last two starts.
- The Tide totaled 10 hits and has recorded double-digit hits in 14 of 18 games this season.
- Alabama has homered in 17 of the 18 games so far this season.
- Caden Rose has reached base safely in his last 36 consecutive games dating back to April 25.
- Rose also extended his hitting streak to six games, dating back to March 7. Over that stretch, the junior is batting .350 (7-20) with three doubles, a home run, five RBI, eight runs, five walks, two hit-by-pitch and a pair of stolen bases.
- Drew Williamson has gotten aboard in all 18 contests to start his graduate season. Including the final game of last season, Williamson has gotten aboard in 19 straight games.
- Will Hodo has reached base safely in the last 16 games played.
- Hodo's home run was his third across his last four games played.
- Ed Johnson finished 2-for-4 and has recorded a hit in his last five games. Over the streak, Johnson is batting .467 (7-15) with a triple, home run, 7 RBI, two runs, two walks and a hit-by-pitch.
The Crimson Tide will break from game action on Wednesday before opening Southeastern Conference play in Gainesville on Thursday evening. First pitch in the series opener between Alabama and second-ranked Florida is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT on SEC Network. The Tide and Gators will then meet at 5:30 p.m. on Friday followed by a 3 p.m. start in Saturday's series finale. Games two and three will air on SEC Network+.