Alabama Baseball Battles in 14 Inning Scrimmage with Reigning Champs
The Crimson Tide football team wasn't the only UA team to travel to Starkville over the past weekend. Alabama's baseball team headed west to take on the reigning College World Series champion Bulldogs in a 14-inning fall scrimmage on Friday night.
The Tide kept the scrimmage close through the long 14-innings, only losing in the final half-inning 3-2.
Alabama started off strong with junior outfielder Owen Diodati hitting a solo home-run in his first at-bat of the night. MSU scored two runs to go ahead in the bottom of the sixth, but Andrew Pickney tied it up with a solo homer of his own in the top of the 14th inning. The Bulldogs ended up with the win after plating the winning run on a sac fly.
Diodati had two of the team's six hits on the night. The biggest issue for the Tide seemed to be getting hits with runners on base, as they left 10 runners on and were 1-for-19 hitting with people on the basepaths.
Alabama used nine pitchers in the exhibition match, and they combined for 14 strikeouts and allowed just 3 runs on 5 hits with 6 walks. Luke Holman, Garrett McMillan, Ben Hess, Antoine Jean, and Hunter Furtado all pitched two innings apiece.
Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon was proud of his pitchers and what the players behind them were able to do defensively which kept them close to the World Series winners.
"Those guys all pitched really well and that’s where it all starts is on the mound. We threw a bunch of strikes with multiple pitches, and we played 14 defensive innings of errorless ball, including multiple web gems. I’m excited to get to work the next two weeks and get prepared to play a great Ole Miss team on Oct. 30.” said Bohannon after the scrimmage.
As Bohannon mentioned, the Tide does have another upcoming exhibition game against the Ole Miss Rebels on October 30th in Oxford, MS, but they continue into their final two weeks of fall practice starting today. They have intra-squad scrimmages at The Joe happening Thursday through Saturday of this week, and all on-field activity is open to the public (see RollTide.com's baseball page for more details).