Alabama Baseball Weekly Report – April 26, 2021

(Games from April 19-April 25)

Overall Record: 24-15 (16-10 at home | 8-5 on the road)

SEC Record: 8-10

Record Last Week: 2-2 (1-0 at home | 1-2 on the road)

Streak: Lost 2

Last Week’s Results (2-2):

Tuesday, April 20 – Won vs. North Alabama, 8-6

Friday, April 23 – Won at Kentucky, 10-1

Sunday, April 25 – Lost at Kentucky, 2-5 (DH)

Sunday, April 25 – Lost at Kentucky, 0-11 (DH)

This Week’s Schedule (All Times Central)

Tuesday, April 27 – at UAB (13-27/6-14 C-USA), Regions Field, 6 p.m.

Friday, April 30 – vs. Missouri (12-25/5-13 SEC), Sewell-Thomas Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 1 – vs. Missouri (12-25/5-13 SEC), Sewell-Thomas Stadium, 2 p.m.

Sunday, May 2 – vs. Missouri (12-25/5-13 SEC), Sewell-Thomas Stadium, 11 a.m.

Team Notes
Alabama wrapped up the week at 2-2 across the team’s four games. The Crimson Tide first took down North Alabama, 8-6, on Tuesday night before falling, 1-2, in a weekend series at Kentucky.

The Crimson Tide completed the comeback against North Alabama for an 8-6 win on Tuesday evening at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The two teams were knotted up at three apiece after two innings of play. North Alabama plated two in the sixth to take the lead before the Tide answered with a pair in the bottom of the seventh to set things even once again. The Lions added one in the top of the eighth, but a three-run home half pushed UA in front for good for the eventual 8-6 win. Alabama’s offense was led by Sam Praytor. The Tide’s designated hitter wrapped up his night 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, four RBI and one run scored. William Hamiter finished behind him in RBI with two, with both RBI coming on Hamiter’s go-ahead, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth. Chase Lee picked up the win, working the final 1.2 frames and striking out the side in the ninth for his team-leading sixth victory of the season. Alabama’s bullpen was tasked with throwing 8.2 of 9.0 innings on the night, highlighted by Lee’s effort.

Tyler Ras was dominant on Friday as the junior’s impressive start helped Alabama to a 10-1 win over Kentucky in the series opener. Ras picked up his team-high tying sixth win with 7.0 innings of one-run baseball. He worked a career-high 99 pitches, striking out six and allowing only three hits while issuing zero walks. He was followed by Hunter Ruth, with the Tide reliever tossing 2.0 scoreless frames with three punchouts to secure the win. Alabama’s bats totaled six extra-base hits – none of which were a home run – racking up four doubles and two triples on the way to 10 runs. The Crimson Tide’s effort at the plate was led by Owen Diodati who finished 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and one run scored. Matching Diodati in RBI were Hamiter and Praytor. Hamiter tripled and added a team-high tying two runs to go with his RBI while Praytor finished 1-for-4.

Alabama suffered a pair of losses in Sunday’s doubleheader with Kentucky. The Crimson Tide fell, 5-2, in game one of the twinbill. Kentucky got on the board first with a pair of runs in the third. The Wildcats then added three more in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 5-0 ballgame. Alabama posted a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on a two-run home run from Diodati but would get no closer, falling in the day’s first game. Dylan Smith suffered the loss, allowing four runs on 11 hits with six strikeouts. The Crimson Tide then suffered an 11-0 loss in game two on Sunday. Kentucky used seven home runs to secure the series-clinching win.