Alabama baseball's comeback falls short in elimination game against Louisiana Tech

James Fletcher
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama baseball fell 10-8 against Louisiana Tech on Sunday at Love Field in Ruston, Louisiana.

The Crimson Tide (32-26) was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by regional host Louisiana Tech (42-19).

After a flurry of early home runs from both sides, Louisiana Tech was able to hold off Alabama despite a ninth inning rally.

Here are three things we learned:

Comeback effort falls short

Alabama came to the plate down four with the season on the line in the bottom of the ninth and the 7-8-9 hitters due up.

The Crimson Tide loaded the bases with one out and got to the heart of the lineup with a chance to tie or win the game.

After Sam Praytor came within feet of tying the game at 10 on a ball that hooked foul in left, Zane Denton sent a ball to the warning track in right that ended the game.

Alabama loses another home run derby

After giving up five home runs to North Carolina State in game one, Alabama gave up four to Louisiana Tech.

Praytor, Denton and Jackson Tate kept pace with Louisiana Tech’s power early, but the Bulldogs had a response for every Alabama run.

Alabama empties the bullpen in loss

The fight to stay alive in the postseason is never easy, especially with a depleted pitching staff.

Alabama gave Louisiana Tech all it had left in the bullpen in the loss, using Landon Green in the third and Chase Lee in the fifth.

Will Freeman closed the game to bring Alabama’s bullpen to 140 pitches over seven innings.

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