No. 25 Alabama Sweeps Doubleheader From Baseball
March 13, 2010
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Sophomore Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) allowed just four earned runs in 7.0 innings of work but it wasn't enough as Jimmy Nelson and David Head combined on a six-hit shutout to lead the No. 25 Alabama Crimson Tide to a 5-0 victory over the Stony Brook University baseball team in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Ross Wilson went 2-for-3 with six RBI to lift the Crimson Tide to a 13-6 win in the second game.
Alabama (11-1) jumped to the early lead in the first game, scoring a run in the first on a sacrifice fly from Wilson. The Tide added a run in the second on an RBI single from Jon Kelton.
The Seawolves (2-5) nearly got on the board in the fourth, putting runners on second and third with one out. But Nelson then retired freshman Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) and Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) to get out of the jam.
The Tide put the game out of reach with three runs in the sixth highlighted by a two-run double from Kelton. Nelson picked up the win for Alabama, allowing just four hits in 6.0 innings. Freshman Max Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) had two hits in four at-bats to lead Stony Brook. Tropeano struck out seven in his 7.0 innings of work.
John David Smelser gave Alabama another early advantage in game two with a three-run double in the second. The Seawolves got a run back in the top of third on a Nivins sacrifice fly but the Tide answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-1 lead.
Alabama pushed its advantage to 5-1 on a Clay Jones run-scoring single in the fifth and then tacked on a run in the sixth on a lead off home run from Brett Whitaker. Stony Brook drew within four in the seventh on a two-run double from Nivins.
But Wilson had an answer for the Tide as he hit a three-run home in the seventh and then again in the eighth. The Seawolves scored three runs in the ninth highlighted by an RBI single from senior Robert Dyer (Selden, N.Y.).
The teams will wrap up the four-game series on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.