Powered by a dominant offensive performance Tuesday, Alabama baseball improved their record to 9-0 with a 17-3 win over Jacksonville State.
Alabama's offensive explosion set season highs for hits with 16, walks with 10, and runs with 17. The Crimson Tide's bats came alive early, putting up seven runs in the second inning to blow the game open. Alabama added three more runs in the third and six in the fourth, putting the game out of reach. Jacksonville State could only put up one run in the fourth inning and a couple in the eighth inning, but the three runs weren't near enough.
Bryce Eblin and Camden Hayslip tied for the team-high in RBIs with four apiece. Eblin finished the day 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and a couple of singles, scoring three runs to go along with his four RBIs. Hayslip started the game on the bench before entering the game as a pinch hitter in the fourth inning. With one swing of the bat, Hayslip accumulated his four RBIs by way of a grand slam over the outfield wall in right-center. Hayslip would add another hit to finish his afternoon 2-for-3.
In his second start of the season, right-hander Luke Holman earned his second win of the season, bringing his record to 2-0. Holman pitched four solid innings allowing just one run on two hits and two walks while recording a career-high seven strikeouts.
"I'm really proud of the team today," said coach Brad Bohannon after the game. "We took a step forward. We were sharp on the mound for four innings, and then, obviously, we had a lot of production up and down the lineup. Any time you score 17 runs, you have to be pleased. It was good to see a lot of hard contact and get a lot of guys in the game."
Alabama will be back in action Friday for a weekend series at home against the University of Illinois-Chicago.
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