Baseball shutout by Samford


Stephen Alvarez

Alabama split the season series against Samford with its 6-0 loss on Tuesday.

Cody Estremera

After being swept by Texas A&M over the weekend, Alabama needed a win to start its six game homestand on the right tract. It failed to do anything for most of the night, losing 6-0 to Samford. 

The Bulldogs led the entire game. It jumped on Alabama starter Mason Duke early and never looked back. 

Back-to-back one-out singles put a runner in scoring position in the first inning. A fielder’s choice moved Troy Dixon to third. He scored on the next pitch when Ayrton Schafer singled to left field. Another single, this time by Max Pinto, scored the second run of the frame.

Four of the six runs scored came by singles. One was a fielder’s choice. The big run of the game came by designated hitter Brooks Carlson. He hit a home run that hit the top of the jumbotron in left field. 

Duke allowed three runs, two earned, over two plus innings pitched. He allowed six of the nine Samford hits. 

Alabama mustered just four base runners the entire game. Only two batters, Jett Manning and Sam Praytor, recorded hits, while Cobie Vance drew a walk and Walker McCleney was hit by a pitch. Both hits were recorded by the fourth inning. 

Samford retired 13 straight batters at one point in the game. Hamp Skinner started for the Bulldogs. He allowed both Alabama hits over five innings of work. He also struck out three batters.

“Captain Obvious here, but really poor effort,” coach Brad Bohannon said. “That was our lowest level of energy, and our least amount of focus and competitiveness at the plate. We made three errors defensively. We really didn’t do anything well tonight.”

For Alabama, the only bright spot of the night was Davis Vainer. The redshirt sophomore went three innings and struck out five of the eight batters he faced. He walked one hitter.

Alabama hosts Alcorn State on Wednesday for its next game. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.