Four Alabama pitchers combine for five-hit shutout of No. 11 Vanderbilt
HOOVER, Ala. -- A pack of four Crimson Tide pitchers combined to help Alabama shut out No. 11 Vanderbilt 1-0 on Saturday afternoon. With the win, Alabama closes out the regular season at 30-26 overall and 12-18 in the conference.
Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard collected his 200th victory overall with the Crimson Tide. Gaspard also reached the 30-win plateau for the fifth time in his six seasons at the helm.
Both teams went scoreless through the first five, but Alabama would use the bottom of the sixth to break the tie. A pair of singles brought Cody Henry to the plate, with the freshman delivering the third single of the inning, this one to left center field to bring one across for the 1-0 Alabama lead through six full frames. The lone run was all the Crimson Tide would need to hand Vanderbilt its first shutout of the season.
"We didn't have many opportunities today, but Cody's hit was huge," Gaspard said. "We out-hit them, and we were able to muster up just enough offense to get one run. That run was good enough, and that's all it took for the win."
Will Carter earned his second win of the week with three innings of work, allowing just two hits and striking out one to improve to 4-5 on the season. Geoffrey Bramblett started the game and was followed by Alex Watkins, Carter and Thomas Burrows to limit the Commodores to five total hits. Burrows earned his team-high sixth save of the season with 1.2 innings of work, including a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning.
"That was an outstanding performance from all of our pitchers today," Gaspard added. "You really can't say enough about Alex Watkins and Will Carter and their ability to bounce back from a lot of innings on Tuesday to pitch for us tonight. I thought Tommy was really sharp, too, and credit has to go to our pitching staff; they were real good all weekend long."