TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama will close out the weekend series, and is going for the sweep against Binghamton. The Crimson Tide won the opener 9-3, and clinched the series on Saturday, 14-2.
Alabama is 11-5, Binghamton is 3-8.
Mustard is the Wiener today in the race. I’ll be here all week, folks.
I never did mention the weather today: Sunny and 55 degrees.
• Another 1-2-3 inning for McNairy.
• Alabama finally builds on its lead with Tamez drawing a walk and scoring on a double off the right-field wall by Owen Diodati. He also scored on an infield single by Will Portera. Alabama 5, Binghamton 2
Senior right-hander Jacob McNairy takes over the hill. Will Portera pinch ran in the fourth, stays in the game at second, with Jarvis to short and Denton to third.
• McNairy quickly retires the 2-3-4 batters in the lineup.
• With one on and one out, Binghamton brings in sophomore right-hander Gabe Driscoll. He gets Drew Williamson to hit a long fly ball that the center fielder is able to get and doubles up the runner, who was going on the play. We’re still at 3-2 after five innings.
Both runs off Hitt are unearned.
• Binghamton manages another walk, but the runner was left stranded
• Hodo gets a base hit to avoid the bottom of the lineup from going three-up, three-down again, but the pinch-runner was stranded.
Hitt already has five Ks after two innings. He also has two walks.
• … and just like that he walks Tommy Reifler to start the inning and it costs him. Sullivan grounded to third, and it was a tough play, but then Will Hodo misfired to first for the error. Reifler scored on a sacrifice fly to center. Alabama 3, Binghamton 2
• A controversial play keyed the bottom third when Dominic Tamez singled to right-center. With two on and one out, Bearcats center fielder Garrett Matheny appeared to make a diving catch, but replay showed otherwise. In the meantime, Tamez ended up at second with the two baserunners coming around to score, only the umpires took the runs off the board for bases loaded and two outs. With a full count Eric Faggo struck out.
Binghamton’s pitcher is right-hander Ryan Bryggman, a junior who is 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA. Opposing batters are hitting .262.
• Binghamton plates one with a leadoff single by Andrew Tan, passed ball and two-out RBI-single by Jake Evans. Alabama 3, Binghamton 1
• Three up, three down for the Crimson Tide.
Grayson Hitt is 1-0, with 1.74 ERA. The left-hander has 11 strikeouts compared to three walks, and opponents are batting .268 against him.
• Hitt fans the first two batters, gives up a week single just out of the reach of the shortstop and gets a ground out. Threw 13 pitches, all strikes.
• The Crimson Tide plates runs before recording an out. Jim Jarvis walked and stole second (he was called out, but it was overturned after replay). Tommy Seidl drilled one that the third baseman couldn’t handle, it’s ruled a double with Jarvis scoring. Zane Denton hit a home run run to center, his team-leading fifth of the season. Alabama 3, Binghamton 0
what: Binghamton at Alabama baseball
where: Sewell-Thomas Stadium
when: 1 pm start
TV: SEC Network+. Play-By-Play: Josh Caray, Color: Lance Cormier
Radio: Crimson Tide Radio Network.
Play-By-Play: Chris Stewart, Color: Lee Tracey
Crimson Tide Starters
Lineup for Binghampton
SP: Ryan Bryggman (1-0, 3.68 ERA)
C: Kevin Reilly
Infield: 1B Andrew Tan, 2B Nick Rosselli, 22 Jake Evans, Isaiah Corry
OR: LF Tomy Reifler, CF Garrett Matheny, RF Colin Mason
DH: Evin Sullivan
Crimson Tide Battery
SP Grayson Hitt
C Dominic Tamez
1B: Drew Williamson
2B: Jim Jarvis
SS: Zane Denton
3B: Will Hodo
Alabama Outfield and DHO
LF Owen Diodatic
CF Andrew Pinckney
RF Tommy Seidl
DH Eric Foggo
- CF Garrett Matheny .171
- LF Tommy Reifler .182
- DH Evin Sullivan .323
- C Kevin Reilly .111
- 1B Andrew Tan .350
- 2B Nick Roselli .333
- RF Colin Mason .364
- SS Jake Evans .222
- 3B Isaiah Corry .455
- SS Jim Jarvis .339
- RF Tommy Seidl .464
- 3B Zane Denton .281
- 1B Drew Williamson .328
- Dominic Tamez .304
- DH Erick Foggo .400
- LF Owen Diodati .254
- LF Andrew Pinckney .286
- 3B Will Hodo .143
HP Lance Weems
1B Eddie Loggins
2B Skip Power
3B Morris Hodges
• Alabama and Binghamton with for the first time in history.
• The Crimson Tide had squared off with only two of the current eight member teams that make up the America East Conference. Alabama holds a 1-1 record against Maine and a 4-0 mark against Stony Brook. The Tide’s most recent meeting with an AEC opponent came on March 19, 2019, with UA posting a dominant 16-0 win over Maine at The Joe.
• Tim Sinicki began his 30th season as a collegiate head coach in 2022, all of which have come at Binghamton. Sinicki owns the ninth-longest tenure at one school among any current NCAA Division I head baseball coaches and entered the new campaign with a career record of 628-637-9. A 1988 graduate of Western Carolina, Sinicki is assisted by Mike Folli and Ryan Hurba along with volunteer assistant coach Ed Folli.
• Binghamton finished the 2021 season with a 16-20 overall mark against an all-AEC schedule.
• Alabama will visit Southern Miss on Tuesday night, and then open SEC play at home against Florida next weekend.
This story will be regularly updated throughout the game.