HOOVER, AL (WIAT) – Alabama couldn’t overcome a rough first inning against No.2 seed LSU in the SEC Baseball Tournament. The Tigers (49-8) scored three runs in the bottom of the first to down the Crimson Tide (33-25) 3-0 in the second round of the tournament. With the loss, Alabama drops to the loser’s portion of the bracket. They will face No.21 Ole Miss in an elimination game at 9:30 am at the Hoover Met.
“We tip our hat to LSU and Cody Glenn, he was outstanding” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “He changed speeds and moved the ball around. We couldn’t get any good swings off and they played clean. With the exception of the first inning, where I thought we were sloppy and they put good swings on him. Charley responded and I was really pleased with the way he settled in and was able to go the distance and save the bullpen.”
Glenn pitched seven innings only allowing five hits and no runs.
Alabama pitcher Charley Sullivan went the distance, throwing 7 innings of scoreless ball, giving up 3 earned runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts. The first inning began badly for the Tide. Sean McMullen singled to left, but the ball rolled between left fielder Andrew Miller’s glove. McMullen advanced to third and later scored on a fielder’s choice.
LSU’s Raph Rhymes then sent a tapper to the mound which catcher Brett Booth came out to field. That left home plate uncovered for LSU’s Alex Bregman who scampered home. The next batter, Christian Ibarra scorched a single to center, which brought home Mason Katz, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
Alabama will start sophomore RHP Spencer Turnbull (4-3, 3.61) on Thursday against Ole Miss. Getting out of the loser’s bracket will be tough, but Mitch Gaspard is only thinking about the present.
“It can be done, but I think it’s tough when you’re sitting there having to win four or five games. It’s going to stretch your pitching thin, you know that now, but all we’re concerned with is the game tomorrow morning and playing Ole Miss at 9:30. Because, if you don’t win that game there is no more games, as far as the tournament is concerned.” Gaspard said.
Alabama Post-Game Interviews (Brett Booth – Alabama Catcher, Charley Sullivan – Alabama Pitcher, Mitch Gaspard – Alabama Head Coach