By: Bryant Kwilecki | Sports Editor | March 15, 2023
MOBILE, Ala. – The No. 24 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide traveled to Mobile on Tuesday night to take on the Jags before both teams start conference play. The Tide came out on top with a 4-0 score.
South Alabama baseball’s record drops to 8-9 on the season after falling short to the Tide (16-2). Alabama pitcher Luke Holman got the win on the mound while the Jaguars used much of their bullpen. The Jags used 10 different pitchers in the game for a combined 13 strikeouts. Head Coach Mark Calvi was pleased by the Jags’ pitching.
“I thought they were outstanding, and you know the innings we didn’t get their leadoff batter, they had a couple leadoff walks and they scored which they do 75 percent of the time in college baseball,” Calvi said. “We pitched and played defense well enough to win, we will get better offensively.”
Holman only gave up three hits to the Jags with no runs and had nine strikeouts. The Jags gave up four runs on 10 hits, two of them coming off a home run by infielder Will Hodo in the third inning. Hodo then singled in the fifth inning to score another run for Alabama and put the Tide up by four. The game came down to the Jags’ lack of execution on offense. The Jags were able to get six runners on base but were not able to bring them into score.
The Jags and Tide played in front of a split crowd of over 3,000 fans. There is still a lot of baseball left to play as conference play will begin Mar. 17 and go through Mar. 19. The Jags will travel to Georgia Southern for a three-game series and then travel to Montgomery on Mar. 21 to face Auburn.