Alabama baseball wins in walkoff fashion

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – With a runner at second and one down, Hunter Alexander’s single to center helped Alabama break the tie and walk it off at Sewell-Thomas Stadium for the 4-3 win over ULM on Friday night. The victory improves the Crimson Tide to 4-5 overall on the season.

Alabama was able to stay in the game thanks to a standout pitching effort from Brock Love (1-1), who collected his first win of his career. Love entered in relief and tossed the final 4.1 innings, retiring 13 consecutive batters and striking out 10 of those for the win.

ULM sprinted out to an early 3-0 lead after two innings, scoring one in the first and a pair in the second to build the lead. Alabama matched the Warhawks with a three-run seventh inning before walking it off to break the tie with a pair of singles in the ninth for the 4-3 win.

The Crimson Tide registered four hits for its three runs in the seventh, using a single from Kyle Kaufman and doubles from Cody Henry, Alexander and Connor Short to help spark the rally. Kaufman and Alexander were the heroes in the ninth as well, with Kaufman leading off the frame with a single and eventually coming around to score on Alexander’s game-winning hit.

The two teams return to the field on Saturday afternoon for a 2 p.m. CT first pitch. Alabama will look to junior Jake Walters, a righty, in the start while ULM counters with junior right-hander Keegan Curtis.