Alabama uses seven pitchers to shutout Middle Tennessee

After an offensive explosion over the weekend, Alabama’s pitching staff was the story on Tuesday in its 4-0 win against Middle Tennessee.  Alabama sent out seven total pitchers, four of which didn’t see the mound during the weekend series against Valparaiso. It allowed just four hits, while striking out eight Blue Raiders. Its first two pitchers were lefty Garret Rukes and right-handed pitcher Brock Love.

Joe Breaux's single walks off Alabama over Valparaiso

It seemed like Alabama was going to squander another opportunity with runners on base. It had runners on first and second. No outs.  Third baseman Cobie Vance popped up a bunt attempt, followed by a strikeout by right fielder Gene Wood. Outfielder Joe Breaux, who didn’t have a hit coming into the final inning of regulation, slapped slider for a single to right, bringing in pinch runner Connor Stutts for the 6-5 win over Valparaiso.

The Brad Bohannon era starts with a win over Valparaiso

Heading into the fourth, Alabama was struggling with runners on base. It was 1-for-9 with runners on base and 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. The first time through the order, Valparaiso starter Jon Tieman had allowed three hits and stranded four runners.  Then in the bottom half of the fourth, with two runners on freshman catcher Sam Praytor came up to bat. He lined a ball to the right-center field gap, doubling in the first runs of the game. From then on, Alabama wouldn’t look back. It plated eight runs in the inning, jumping ahead 8-1, before defeating Valparaiso 16-2. 

Baseball starts preparation for 2018 season

A lot has happened since Alabama played its last game May 20 last year, when it tied Vanderbilt 3-3. It fired its coaching staff, and brought in an Auburn assistant coach to be the 32nd head coach at Alabama.  Most eyes are focused on Alabama's opener 19 days away when it takes on Valparaiso, but first-year head coach Brad Bohannon was more focused on its first day of spring practice. 

Baseball starts fall practice

Alabama ended its 2017 season with a 3-3 tie with Vanderbilt. Shortly after it decided to make a head coaching change, signaling the end of Greg Goff, who had been with the team for one season and had one of its worst SEC finishes in program history. Eight days later athletic director Greg Byrne turned to Brad Bohannon to lead Alabama.