How Alabama baseball has won 9 of its last 10 games to turn season around
The Alabama baseball team (22-12, 7-5) has been resurgent as of late as it is riding a seven-game winning streak.
The Crimson Tide has won nine of its last 10, including consecutive series wins against Texas A&M and Ole Miss, the latter by sweep in Oxford, Miss.
Alabama's turnaround began with a 6-2 win in game three in Starkville against Mississippi State. Alabama has risen to a tie for fourth in the SEC standings and tied for second in the SEC West, and is ranked No. 24 D1baseball.com.
Alabama visits No. 1 Tennessee for a three-game series starting Friday.
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Here's how the Crimson Tide has gotten on a roll:
The bats have awakened
Over the past 10 games, Alabama has come alive at the plate. The Crimson Tide lineup has seen productive across the board.
Senior first basemen Drew Williamson is leading the Crimson Tide in hitting over the past 10 games, batting .394 with 13 RBIs, including a grand slam last weekend against Ole Miss, giving Alabama a 10-7 lead in the seventh.
Junior third basemen Zane Denton has also produced, capping off game two against Ole Miss with a two-run home run in extra innings. Denton's 11 RBIs and 11 hits in the last 10 games include three doubles and two home runs.
"We knew going into this year, and even going into the fall, that we have a really good offensive lineup," said UA assistant coach Jason Jackson. "Everyone goes through ups and downs as the year goes: we have times where we weren't swinging it great, but I don't think anyone ever felt like we weren't going to hit. We knew it was a matter of time."
Pitching has remained strong
The pitching staff has battled throughout the schedule. Alabama's ace, Tuscaloosa native Garrett McMillan, has held opposing batters to a .198 batting average. Last week, McMillan was awarded co-SEC Pitcher of the Week for his seven-strikeout performance against Ole Miss.
There have been various bright spots on the Crimson Tide pitching staff. Sophomore left-hander Grayson Hitt threw eight strikeouts and only allowed three hits vs. Ole Miss. Hitt's 2.78 ERA is seventh-best in the SEC, with McMillan right behind him at eight with a 2.79 ERA.
"On the mound it has been great. We have had so many guys contribute," said Jackson. "It allows us to start looking at matchups, and it gives us more options and takes the load off some of our guys."
Depth has been a key
Alabama has had contributions from players across the roster. Sophomore's Andrew Pinckney and Bryce Eblin have combined for 40 total bases and 26 hits through the Crimson Tide's last 10 games while batting in the bottom of the lineup.
Junior outfielder Will Hamiter has contributed since his return from injury suffered against No. 1 Texas in late February. Batting .333 with nine hits and nine RBIs over the last 10 games, Hamiter adds a veteran presence and familiarity to the Crimson Tide lineup.
"Getting Hamiter back has been big. It kind of takes some pressure off of everyone else," said Jackson.