Alabama baseball drops two against No. 2 Vanderbilt before weather stops Sunday meeting

James Fletcher
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama baseball (28-17, 11-12 SEC) dropped two against No. 2 Vanderbilt (34-10, 16-7) before weather stopped play at Hawkins Field in Nashville.

The Crimson Tide got off to a hot start, scoring three runs in the third inning of the first game to take a lead. The Commodores responded with four home runs to secure a 9-6 win.

Vanderbilt took an early lead Saturday that proved too much for Alabama. Owen Diodati’s seventh-inning home run cut the deficit, but Vanderbilt held on for a 6-2 win.

Sunday’s game was cancelled due to weather.

Here are three things we learned:

Alabama hits elite pitching

Alabama faced top-ranked prospect Kumar Rocker on Friday night. The Crimson Tide picked up six hits and five walks on its way to six earned runs against the right-handed ace.

Rocker went on to pick up the win, striking out 13 batters in six innings, including a four-strikeout first due to a dropped third strike on one of the strikeouts. He is 11-1 this season with a 2.31 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 74 innings.

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Alabama shows speed on Friday

The Crimson Tide stole three bases in Friday’s 9-6 loss, the most by Alabama in a game this season.

Peyton Wilson stole second after an RBI single in the third and William Hamiter took second after an RBI single in the fourth. Jim Jarvis stole second on a Caden Rose strikeout in the fourth.

Landon Green gets start

Landon Green made his first career start on Sunday.

His debut was cut short by the weather, which led to a cancellation in the top of the second.

Green pitched one inning, giving up bunt single to start the game before forcing a double play and picking up a strikeout to end the inning.

Up next

Alabama is scheduled to face LSU (29-18, 9-15) next weekend at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.