Alabama made a final run in the bottom of the ninth. Senior Greg Paiml led off with a single and scored on Emeel Salem’s double to right-center. After Steve Edlefsen got pinch-hitter Del Howell to ground out, Alex Avila doubled to left-center scoring Salem. Edlefsen struck out Kent Matthes and Matt Bentley to end the game.
After Steve Edlefsen got Del Howell to ground out, Alex Avila doubled to left-center scoring Salem. Alabama is within one with the tying run at second with one out. Cleanup hitter Kent Matthes will try to drive in pinch-runner Tyler Odle.
Nebraska used aggressive base-running to grab an extra run in the fourth. With runners on second and third, Craig Corriston placed an infield hit up the middle. Alabama shortstop Greg Paiml made a diving stop and tried to get Corriston at first. The runner at second Andrew Brown never stopped running and beat first baseman Matt Bentley’s throw to the plate. Corriston was credited with a two-RBI single on a ball that never left the infield.
Dorn retired ten consecutive hitters from the first to the fourth.
Andrew Brown homered in his first at bat Saturday and followed it with a home run in first at bat today. Nebraska leads 1-0 in the bottom of the 3rd. Alabama has just one hit - a leadoff single by Emeel Salem. They are hitless since.
After being shutout on Friday, Nebraska head coach Mike Anderson was very disappointed in his team’s approach. He called them timid, tentative, and questioned their competitiveness. After a thrilling 4-3 victory over Alabama Saturday to even the series, Anderson was pleased with how his team responded to the challenge.
Jeff Tezak had five hits including a home run and the game-winning hit in the ninth inning. Starter Charlie Shirek kept Alabama’s offense at bay and reliever Zach Herr put up zeroes in his three inning stint.
Nebraska third baseman Jeff Tezak's fifth hit of the game drove in pinch-runner Luke Wertz with the winning run as Nebraska beat Alabama 4-3 to even the series.
Alabama got a two-out infield hit from Greg Paiml and a walk from Emeel Salem in the ninth to bring Edlefson in from right field to the mound. The side winding righty got freshman phenom Jake Smith to flare to short to end the game.
After Jake Smith was retired by shortstop Ryan Wehrle on a smash, Alex Avila, Kent Matthes, and Matt Bentley had three straight hits. Reliever Matt Foust uncorked a couple of wild pitches scoring Avila and Matthes. A pair of walks loaded the bags again, pinch-hitter Elvin Vargas lifted a ball to deep center to score Bentley and give Alabama the lead. Further damage was avoided as Husker Zach Herr struck out Greg Paiml.
Whatever Hunter said, it definitely resulted in a more-focused Tide squad.
There was just a very visible player only meeting outside the Alabama dugout called by starting pitcher Tommy Hunter. Ever the competitor, when the 6'2" 260 pound Hunter requests an audience, he gets it.
Alabama has responded with three of their hardest hit balls of the game of Charlie Shirek. They have the bases loaded and one out.
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They got called out by their coach after Friday's 8-0 loss. Nebraska came out focused and leads Alabama 2-0 in the fourth. The first run came in the second inning on an Andrew Brown solo shot to left. The Huskers added another run in third when Tide catcher Jared Avchen threw wildly after a Tommy Hunter strikeout.
On the mound, Nebraska's Charlie Shirek has outpitched Tommy Hunter. Shirek has allowed just one hit while Hunter has been touched up for five hits and two more would-be doubles that centerfielder/corvette Emeel Salem chased down.
Alabama will start Tommy Hunter today ... after listing Casey Kebodeaux as the projected starter all week. Hunter has not started since a loss to Villanova two weeks ago. Wells would like to move Hunter to the bullpen but until Brandon Belcher returns from injury, Hunter (2-1/1.64) could be in a swing role.
Nebraska is following their plan going with Charlie Shirek. Shirek is 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA.
We'll see how the Huskers respond after a lackluster effort last night. We'll also see if Alabama returns to Earth after playing great last night.
Coaches never like losing. They really don't like getting shutout. They really, really don't like getting dominated.
Nebraska head coach Mike Anderson is an unhappy man tonight.
"I am extremely surprised at our lack of competitiveness," Anderson said. "I heard a lot of adjustment talk. Unfortunately it is just talk. Until we start putting things in action, we are going to have a lot of nights like this."
He went on to talk about his disappointment in his team's effort but wasn't ready to push the panic button.
Meanwhile in the other dugout, Alabama is ecstatic. They limped in after a pair of tough losses, got a quick start and piled on with seven extra-base hits.
Alabama baseball SID had this line in his game notes: In the last nine games, Alabama's offense has resembled an on-line dating service - a lot of singles. In that stretch, 78 of Alabama’s 94 hits were singles. In this game (so far), seven of their eleven hits are for extra bases including a pair of homers and a pair of triples.
Miers Quigley is not your ordinary name. He's not an ordinary pitcher either. As Alabama's Friday night starter, the Atlanta-area native has pitched five shutout innings of two-hit ball. Quigley was an elite prep prospect as a high school junior, but suffered an injury as a senior hurting his draft stock and sending him to Tuscaloosa.
His stuff is coming back - and he is pitching with a 6-0 lead after five thanks to his teammates' offensive outburst. Rtyan Rhoden has homered for the Crimson Tide to account for the final run.
Alabama scored just four runs last season in three losses at Nebraska last season. They've got five already after two innings in game one.
You don't see a ton of triples but we saw two last inning as Brandon May led off with one down the rightfield line. Then with the bases loaded, Alex Avila cleared those bags with a three-bagger to center.
Alabama's all-America centerfielder Emeel Salem is known for his speed. In case anyone wanted some evidence of his inner cheetah, the folks filing into Sewell-Thomas Stadium just got exhibit A.
After a chop single got Salem to first, the senior hit the afterburners around second and then third. Without hesitation, third base coach Chad Oxendine sent his greyhound home. Even though the ball was en route to the cutoff man, Salem found that final gear often reserved for Ricky Bobby's run toward the checkered flag. Salem beat the throw with his headfirst slide to put Alabama up 1-0.
I've waited five weeks for one of these. It is shirt-sleeve weather in Tuscaloosa tonight as Nebraska visits Alabama. Both teams were National seeds a season ago and but have been inconsistent in the early weeks this year. Still, it is hard not to think about the great football traditions these teams have. Driving in on Bryant Drive, past Bryant-Denny Stadium and the Bryant Museum -- I think you get the gist of it. Football is big here - and even bigger after adding Nick Satan a few months back.
Football is the talk 365 days a year. Hopefully for these three days, they'll tolerate what should be a great weekend series on the diamond.
Some lineup notes. Bryce Nimmo may not play at all this weekend after an injury last weekend. Jake Opitz leads Nebraska with a .343 average, two home runs, and 10 RBI. Tony Watson is on the hill. He's 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings. Alabama will start Miers Quigley. He is 2-0 with a 1.48 in 24 1/3 IP. Kent Matthes leads the Crimson Tide in hitting with a .387 average, five homers, and 23 RBI.