Alabama drops NCAA Tournament opener to Troy

Tallahassee, FL (WIAT)-The No. 2 seeded Alabama baseball team suffered a 5-2 loss to No. 3 seeded Troy in the opening game of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional on Friday afternoon.

Troy scored all five of their runs in the fourth inning off of starting pitcher Charley Sullivan.

Sullivan, who lasted just 3.1 innings in the game, gave up five runs on five hits with a walk in the fourth inning.

Taylor Guilbeau came in to replace Sullivan and threw a season-high 5.2 innings without allowing a run.

“I give a lot of credit to Troy, they did a really good job today,” said head coach Mitch Gaspard. “McCain did a super job on the mound for them and Santos had a big home run. We just couldn’t overcome the five-run inning there. We hit a few balls pretty good that didn’t get down. That’s why you play double elimination. There’s still a lot to keep playing for, we have to get ready to play tomorrow.”

Alabama had a total of seven hits in the game as Brett Booth was 2-for-4 with a run scored while Austen Smith hit his team-leading seventh home run of the season.

The Crimson Tide will now face Savannah State in an elimination game Saturday at 11a.m.

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