With a series against No. 1 Tennessee looming this weekend, the No. 24 baseball game in Alabama could have overlooked its opponent in midweek, but the Crimson Tide defeated the Belmont Bruins 3-1 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on the afternoon. Tuesday.
“I thought playing this game after a good weekend, you worry about disappointment and hangovers over the weekend,” said Alabama shooting coach Jason Jackson.
The Crimson Tide did not disappoint on the hill, going through the Bruins lineup easily and only allowing six hits.
Rookie Ben Hess made his sixth season debut midweek, and it was his best performance by far. Hess went for four rounds, allowing only one hit while hitting seven of Belmont’s hitters.
Luke Holman, Hunter Hoopes and Hunter Furtado all appeared from the playlist, with the only Bruins exiting Furtado at the top of eighth. Right player Brylon Myers came in and scored his first save of the season.
“Bin time [Hess] Jackson said. “The bulls did a good job. Hunter Hobbs came in with some runners and got out of it. [Hunter] Furtado was a bit rusty. He’s never played over the weekend, but it was nice to get him out there for a spin and keep him at bay. And I wanted to see what Brylon Myers could do in this situation, and he went out and did a great job.”
Hess, who scored his first win of the season in his sixth start, was delighted not only with his performance, but also with the team’s recent success.
“It feels great,” Hess said. “I’m kind of starting to settle down a little bit. Every time I try to get a little better.”
Alabama’s offense wasn’t special on Tuesday, but she did enough to win the game. Third baseman Zane Denton had two RBI singles a day and walked once. Shortstop Jim Jarvis was the only other hitter to score as many hits as he was 2 for 3 with the RBI.
Crimson Tide called baseball, scoring only eight hits and five hits.
Belmont’s second man Jack Cabobianco had a day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two doubles, but the rest of his teammates couldn’t get anything consistently, and combined for only three hits.
That win is Alabama’s seventh in a row, and he is now 22-12 on the season. The Crimson Tide heads to Knoxville to take on the top-ranked Tennessee Volunteers this weekend.
The Volunteers 31-1 and won 23 consecutive games. Tennessee State got off to the best start in SEC history, starting the team play with four sweeps of 12-0.
The first stadiums will be on Friday at 5:30 pm pivotal time, Saturday at 5 pm Cairo time and Sunday at noon Cairo time. All matches against volunteers will be on the SEC+ network.