Alabama scored in each of the first four innings and held on to defeat the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 6-5, on Wednesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The win moves Alabama's overall record to 13-9, and a loss drops the Gamecocks to 11-12 this season.
"For the fourth game in a row we did a nice job offensively," Gaspard said. "Every time they scored we had the ability to answer in the front part of the game. We had good offensive pressure throughout, which was really the story of the game. Once we got the lead, the bullpen did a nice job to hold the game right there toward the end."
The game was a back-and-forth affair early, as each team put up a run in each of the first three innings. The Crimson Tide also added a run in the fourth and got shutdown pitching from their bullpen to protect the lead. Sophomore right Jake Hubbard (1-0) picked up his first win of the year after throwing 2.1 innings and allowing only one run on three hits. Sophomore righty Jay Shaw and sophomore left-hander Justin Kamplain combined for 3.2 innings of scoreless, hitless work, and freshman Ray Castillo pitched the final inning to pick up his second save of the year.
COURTESY: Alabama Media Relations
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