Alabama baseball led by Dylan Smith, bullpen in series sweep against Missouri

James Fletcher
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama baseball swept Missouri at Sewell-Thomas Stadium to move above .500 in conference play.

The Crimson Tide (28-15, 11-10 SEC) won 11-8 on Friday, scoring the final seven runs of the game in a comeback effort.

Alabama fell behind early Saturday but rallied to take the series with a 5-2 win.

Sunday’s game required more late heroics as Alabama won 3-2 behind some creative offense in the eighth inning against the Tigers (12-29, 5-16).

Here are three things we learned:

Dylan Smith picks up a win

Junior pitcher Dylan Smith (1-5) picked up his first win on Saturday.

He went eight innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks, giving up just two runs on six hits.

“Dylan’s had a great season. He’s pitched really well every time out and given us a very good chance to win every time out. I’m excited for him to get rewarded with a win today,” coach Brad Bohannon said.

Despite his record, Smith has been Alabama’s most consistent starter.

He has a 3.20 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 64⅔ innings.

Bullpen sets the tone

Alabama’s bullpen continues to step up in the absence of key starters.

Against Missouri, the Crimson Tide got 13 innings of relief work, giving up no runs with 14 strikeouts.

Chase Lee and Landon Green picked up saves.

Bunting helps secure sweep

Jackson Tate popped into a double play in the seventh inning, slowing the momentum of Alabama’s offense.

Instead of shying away from the bunt, Alabama went back to it in the eighth after getting the leadoff man aboard.

"The baseball handbook is kind of telling you to bunt right there," Bohannon said. "I really thought we could pressure the defense.

Peyton Wilson bunted for a single to advance Jim Jarvis to second, and a William Hamiter bunt led to a throwing error to score Jarvis.

Up next

Alabama will play No. 2 Vanderbilt (32-8, 14-6) in a series set to run from Friday-Saturday at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tennessee.