LAS VEGAS – Alabama coach Brad Bohannon didn’t hit any jackpots in the casinos this weekend but the Crimson Tide coach came away a big winner in Sin City.
Behind a strong outing from freshman pitcher Antoine Jean and the big bat of Tyler Gentry, the Crimson Tide took a 5-1 victory over UNLV to cap a three-game series sweep.
Alabama (7-0) limited the Rebels to just five runs and scored 18 runs to back up the dominant pitching.
“Really proud of our kids. To go on the road and sweep anybody is an accomplishment, especially with a place with a lot of distractions,” Bohannon said. “Plenty of things to work on but excited about the direction we are going.”
Gentry, who led Alabama in home runs last season (13) had zero through six games but made up for it with a pair of two-run blasts to left field. The first shot put Alabama up 2-0 in the first and the second one in the fifth inning added some insurance for a 4-1 lead.
“I felt like I was rushing myself earlier in the series. I feel like my mechanics are a little more sound now and after seeing more live pitching I’m feeling a little more confident,” Gentry said.
Sam Praytor also flexed some power this weekend, hitting two solo homers in an 8-0 win in Game 1 and another solo shot in the eighth on Saturday for the final 5-1 score.
“We weren’t really efficient offensively today, fortunately the home runs bailed us out,” Bohannon said. “Gentry is just a really good player and that is the nice thing about having those power threats. When you have a guy like Sam Praytor hitting behind you it’s going to help Tyler. Those two guys are going to feed off each other.”
Jean, who was on a pitch count, allowed five hits and one run with three strikeouts and just one walk in four innings. He runs his record to 2-0. Jacob McNairy pitched two innings, allowing just two hits. Landon Green came on in the ninth and struck out two.
“The pitching was awesome, we defended well and threw a bunch of strikes,” Bohannon said. “I was really glad to see Antoine take a step forward and his first career start last weekend.
Alabama returns home Tuesday for a 3 p.m. game with UT-Martin.
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