BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The following is a commentary blog from FOX6 Sports Director Rick Karle:
Just when you thought the Alabama baseball team's season was dead in the water. Just when you thought coach Mitch Gaspard was about to hit the road, the Bama baseball team is alive! After barely sneaking into the SEC Tournament at the stadium they are for the time being calling home, the Crimson Tide nabbed a nice tournament win on Tuesday. The tournament's 11-seed, Bama knocked off 6-seed Ole Miss 6-1 behind a pitching gem from Geoffrey Bramblett. The young man's line? Pretty impressive as he tossed a complete game 9-hitter while striking out ten and allowing one earned run. What's it all mean? It means the Crimson Tide get new life as the team advances to the double elimination portion of the tournament (meaning they may be around for a while).
What else was impressive about Tuesday's win? Mikey White, Casey Hughston and JC Wilhite each had two hits, with Hughston delivering his first double of the season against an SEC opponent. Bama improves now to 31-26 and will face 3-seed Texas A&M Wednesday morning at the Hoover Met.
Give Gaspard and the Alabama player's credit: Many Bama fans have been hard on them this season. But I wouldn't imagine it has been easy to shuffle back and forth between Tuscaloosa and Hoover as improvements are being made at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Playing in front of sparse crowds at the cavernous Hoover Met away from the student fan base likely did not do much on the motivation scale.
So now the Crimson Tide improves to 5 games over .500 and the guys look to grind out another win come Wednesday at the stadium they have called "home" in the spring of 2015. For the sake of Bama fans and event organizers, let's hope the Crimson Tide baseball players continue to have some spring in their collective steps for the rest of the week.