After rain delayed the start of Sunday night’s contest between Alabama and Boston College, Alabama delivered the least dramatic game of the weekend, defeating Boston College 8-0 to advance to the Super Regionals.
Alabama started off the evening with a four-run first inning. The Crimson Tide drew three walks and two hit batters along with a two run single from Mac Guscette that supplied the four runs for Alabama in the first inning. The four runs would be plenty of run support for starting pitcher Jacob McNairy.
McNairy pitched seven and two-thirds innings against Boston College, allowing just three hits and no runs while striking out 11 batters. The pitching performance from NcNairy was impressive coming against a Boston College team that was coming into the game hitting over .300 as a team, and his standing ovation after finally getting pulled in the eighth inning of his last home game was much deserved.
"It was kind of emotional," McNairy said. "I don't really get that emotional a lot, but the cheering was awesome when I looked up into the stands. This place has been great for the past five years."
Alabama was able to do some damage without swinging the bat in the first inning thanks to a couple walks and a couple of hit batsmen that plated two runs. The Crimson Tide topped off their first inning with a two-run single from Mac Guscette that increased the first inning lead to 4-0. Guscette would finish the game as the Crimson Tide’s leading hitter, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs.
Sunday night's game came much easier than the two previous games in the Tuscaloosa Regional as the 4-0 start in the first inning prevented Alabama from needing any late game heroics.
With the win over Boston College, Alabama wins the Tuscaloosa Regional and advances to face the No. 1 overall seed Wake Forest in the Super Regionals next weekend.
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