Taylor Dugas extended his hitting streak to an impressive eleven games. Alabama’s loss of the game came as the result of one poor inning: the fifth one.
The fifth inning proved to be too much for the Crimson Tide to overcome. The loss was the Tide’s second one in the series with Ole Miss at Swayze Field in Oxford. Kevin Mort was walked. Then Jake Smith made an error and that caused Adam Morgan to break down. The pitcher got behind in the pitch count and three out of the four next players got hits.
Ole Miss is 15-4 overall and 4-1 in the SEC. They turned the one-out walk as well as Bama’s error into Ole Miss’s only scores of the game. It is likely that Bama would have won this game had they not given up all those runs in that inning.
Brett Basham, Ole Miss’s catcher, reached base when Jake hit a ground ball and what would have been a double play to end the inning.
Jordan Henry as well as Tim Ferguson hit RBI singles that tied the game at 2 apiece. Morgan seemed to be getting ready to get out of the inning without any more damage. However, that didn’t happen. Power hit the ball to short but the Crimson Tide failed to get the double play. Henry came home. Jeremy Travis hit a two-run HR which gave the Rebels all the runs they would need.
People know that you can lose a game by simply giving up too many runs in only one inning. Also, the same is true if you give up many runs over the course of a game.
Morgan allowed five runs, even though four were unearned. He gave up five hits in a only 4 and 2/3 innings. This was Morgan’s only loss this season. It was the first loss that was charged to one of Alabama’s starting pitchers.
Alabama is 14-7 overall and 2-3 in the SEC. Bama scored a lone run early in the game. Josh Rutledge as well as Ross Wilson reached base because they were hit. Kent Matthes hit a RBI single to put the Tide up 1-0.
The Tide added another run in the top of the fifth inning as Smith hit a double. He eventually scored on Dugas’s single when there were two outs.
Alabama tried to respond. They put the first two players on base in the sixth inning.
Irwin limited the Tide’s hits to just five as he won his fourth game of the season. He is now 4-0. He pitched for over seven innings and gave up just two runs as well as five hits. He had five strikeouts, hit two batters, and gave up one walk.
The Tide’s best chance of getting back in the game was after they hit back-to-back hits with no outs. Unfortunately, the next three players stuck out in the inning. Actually, the last six players stuck out. Both teams had six hits in the game.
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