Friday, March 9, 2007

# 13 Bama Baseball Blanks #18 Nebraska 8-0 in Game 1 of Series

Tide Takes 1-0 Series Lead Over Huskers

Coming off two straight losses, the 13th ranked Alabama baseball team responded with a great performance Friday night beating # 18 Nebraska 8-0 at "The Joe". It was the first time a Nebraska team has been shut out since 2003.

Miers Quigley pitched an absolute gem for the Crimson Tide lasting 7 innings and only surrendering 3 hits and striking out four. Josh Copeland continued the dominating performance for Alabama pitching 2 innings and only surrendering one hit and collected three strikeouts.

Alabama (13-4) pounded out 11 hits on the evening and was led offensively by Emeel Salem and Ryan Rhoden, who both went 2-4 and each hit home runs. Freshman Jake Smith also collected multiple hits, going 2-5 on the night.

Nebraska (6-5) ace Tony Watson struggled the entire night and lasted 5.1 innings giving up nine hits and five earned runs. Center fielder D.J. Belafonte collected two of the Huskers four hits. Nebraska used four different pitchers in the game.

The series continues tomorrow afternoon at 4pm CT as Kasey Kebedeaux will get the start for the Crimson Tide.

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