TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama secured a run-rule victory in seven innings with an 11-1 win over Mississippi State on Friday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
The Crimson Tide is now 23-9 on the season and 4-7 in Southeastern Conference play.
Alabama was first on the board with a five-run second that would prove more than enough. State was next to score with one in the top of the fifth but a three-run home half of that inning put the game at 8-1. The Tide then added two in the sixth with an RBI-single from Will Portera in the seventh ending things early.
Dominic Tamez led the Tide offense with a two-homer performance. The junior added a team-high four RBI and two runs scored to his stat line. Also homering was Ed Johnson, who finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Drew Williamson rounded out the multi-hit performances for UA, with the first baseman going 2-for-4 and adding three RBI, one run and a walk.
Luke Holman (5-1) earned the win in his start against the Bulldogs. The sophomore tossed 5.2 innings of one-run baseball, giving up three hits and walking a pair while striking out four. Alton Davis II also highlighted the effort on the mound, tossing 1.0 scoreless frame with two strikeouts.
From Head Coach Brad Bohannon
"We came out hot. We had some good at-bats and took some borderline pitches to work some walks in. Obviously, the second inning we put up the five-spot, and then Luke (Holman) gave us a great start. Mississippi State helped us today - they walked us and gave us some free baserunners, but to our kids' credit we got some big hits. Ed Johnson and Drew Williamson came through and then Dominic Tamez with the two home runs today."
How It Happened
B2 | The Crimson Tide loaded the bases with two down for Drew Williamson, who delivered a two-run single to center. Ed Johnson cleared the bases in the next at-bat with a three-run home run into the playground in left. (5-0, Alabama)
T5 | Mississippi State got on the board with a 5-3 groundout that scored a man from third. (5-1, Alabama)
B5 | William Hamiter led off with a hit-by-pitch and came home in the next at-bat by way of the home run, this one from Dominic Tamez. The Tide then reached two with an Andrew Pinckney walk and Tommy Seidl single before a two-out RBI-single from Williamson added one more. (8-1, Alabama)
B6 | A leadoff single put a man abord for Tamez who hammered his second homer of the day. (10-1, Alabama)
B7 | Seidl and Will Hodo started the inning off with back-to-back walks before an RBI-single from Will Portera scored the game-ending run. (11-1, Alabama)
- The Crimson Tide recorded a season-high 12 walks. The previous season-high total was 10, which occurred twice and most recently against Alabama State on March 8.
- Alabama has totaled double-digit runs in 15 games this season. All 10 batters reached base safely on Friday.
- Nine of the 10 total players to see an at-bat contributed at least one run scored.
- Alabama has now homered in 26 games this season while recording multiple homers 18 times.
- Tamez homered twice for the second time in his career. It was the fifth time this season that an Alabama player has homered twice in a game and the first two-homer performance since Colby Shelton at Samford on March 7.
- Ed Johnson extended his hitting streak to seven games. Across the streak, Johnson is batting .483 (14-29) with a double, one home run, seven RBI, seven runs, two walks and a stolen base.
- Jim Jarvis has gotten aboard in 14 consecutive games dating back to March 16. Jarvis' hitting streak in SEC play ended at nine games. Over that stretch, the senior batted .371 (13-35) with three doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, 11 runs and nine walks.
- Andrew Pinckney reached base in today's game and has now done so in 13 straight contests.
- Attendance was 3,418.
The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs will return to the field tomorrow evening at 5 p.m. CT to decide the series. Alabama will send junior left-hander Grayson Hitt to the mound while Mississippi State counters with senior righty Landon Gartman. Fans can catch the series finale on ESPNU.