Tulane Takes 2 of 3 From Tide In NOLA
Despite winning Saturday's game 6-1 and being ahead in Sunday's game 2-0 going to the bottom of the 6th, the Alabama Crimson Tide found themselves on the losing end of their series this weekend against the Tulane Green Wave. With Tulane winning Friday night 9-7, and the Tide taking Saturday's game, Sunday's game was the deciding match-up for both teams. Despite the early lead by the Tide, Tulane came back to score 2 runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game 2-2. Tulane blew the game open in the bottom of the seventh when Green Wave clean-up hitter Nick Scheeberger drove a one out, 0-1 pitch off of Tide reliever Ian Gardeck over the left field wall for a grand slam. Tulane added a run in the eighth to make the final score 7-2, thereby securing the weekend series. The Green Wave improved to 10-2 on the season.
Alabama, who saw it's season record fall to 5-6, was led offensively by All-American center fielder Taylor Dugas. The senior was 4 of 11 on the weekend with a pair of doubles and 3 runs scored along with a RBI. He also walked 4 times and stole his fourth base of the season on Sunday. Third baseman Brett Booth also had a strong outing at the plate, going 4 for 10 with 3 RBI.
The Tide also got good work off the mound this weekend from it's Saturday and Sunday starters. Saturday's starter Charley Sullivan pitched six strong innings while scattering 7 hits and only giving up two earned runs en-route to his second victory of the season. Justin Kamplain, who started Sunday's rubber match, allowed only 2 hits and no runs in 5 innings of work. While Kamplain's performance was strong, coach Mitch Gaspard acknowledged that the bullpen ultimately cost the Tide the game.
“When we went to the bullpen we kind of broke down,” Gaspard said. “They got a big two-out hit that tied the game in the sixth and we certainly broke down in the seventh. We have to throw more strikes, command two pitches and be better in the back end of the game.”
Up next for the Tide is a Tuesday night trip to Montgomery's Riverwalk Stadium to take on rival Auburn in the Capital City Classic. The game will be played as non-conference contest. The first pitch is scheduled to be thrown out at 7pm CT with CSS broadcasting the game.