HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Alabama baseball used a pair of big innings to secure a 10-4 win over Middle Tennessee on Tuesday evening at Toyota Field. The neutral site win moved the Crimson Tide to 20-6 on the season.
Both teams went scoreless through the first three frames before matching with four runs apiece in the fourth. Alabama then added one in the sixth on an Andrew Pinckney home run, with the go-ahead homer proving to be all the Tide would need. The eighth then saw UA add another five runs for the 10-4 final.
Alabama's offense was led by the 6-7-8 hitters in Ed Johnson, Pinckney and Tommy Seidl. Johnson finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored with Pinckney posting a 3-for-4 showing that included the homer, one RBI and a team-high three runs. Seidl matched Pinckney for the team lead in hits with his 3-for-4 showing that included a double, two RBI and one run scored.
Zane Probst (2-0) picked up the win with 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, walking one and striking out a pair. Probst followed Tide starter Jacob McNairy, who contributed 4.0 innings and allowed four runs on six hits with a season-high six strikeouts.
From Head Coach Brad Bohannon
"The atmosphere here tonight was awesome, it was electric. The place was packed, and the Trash Pandas put on an absolute first-class event. This was an awesome experience for our kids, and we cannot get back soon enough. I want to thank everyone involved with getting us up here and the Bama fans for showing out and supporting us tonight."
How It Happened
- T4 | A pair of singles to start the fourth followed by a three-run home run from Jeremiah Boyd gave the Blue Raiders the lead. Following an out, three consecutive singles added one more. (4-0, Middle Tennessee)
- B4 | Jim Jarvis started the rally with a one-out single. William Hamiter immediately brought him home with an RBI-triple to center. Hamiter then came home on a single from Ed Johnson with Andrew Pinckney following with a single to force a pitching change. The new MT arm was greeted by Tommy Seidl, who doubled to score Johnson and put a pair in scoring position. Mac Guscette then delivered a sacrifice fly to cross the tying run. (4-4)
- B6 | Pinckney sent the first pitch he saw deep over the wall in center for a solo home run. (5-4, Alabama)
- B8 | With the bases loaded, Seidl singled through the right side to score one. An error in the next at-bat allowed Guscette to reach and cross one more. Colby Shelton followed with a walk to push across a run with a groundout from Will Hodo adding one more. Drew Williamson capped the scoring with a groundout of his own to add another tally in the five-run frame. (10-4, Alabama)
- Alabama finished with 13 hits and has totaled double-digit hits in 19 games this season.
- The Crimson Tide homered for the first time since last Tuesday against UAB and has homered in 21 games so far this season.
- Jim Jarvis extended his hitting streak to seven games dating back to March 17. Over that stretch, the senior is batting .384 (10-26) with a double, four RBI, seven runs, five walks and two hit-by-pitch.
Next up for Alabama is a trip to Fayetteville for a weekend with sixth-ranked Arkansas. The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks open the series on Friday with a 6:30 p.m. CT first pitch followed by a pair of 2 p.m. starts on Saturday and Sunday. Games one and two of the series will air on SEC Network+ with the finale being broadcast nationally on SEC Network.