Alabama baseball fell to Kennesaw State 1-0 Friday in the opening round of the Tallahassee Regional.
Kennesaw State’s lone run came in the fifth inning. Owls starter Travis Bergen held the Crimson Tide’s bats in check, allowing just five hits in 8 2/3 innings of work.
“Bergen did a terrific job today and just like they have in the last 24 to 25 games, Kennesaw State found a way to get a win,” Tide coach Mitch Gaspard said. “We pitched well enough to win the game, but we couldn’t find any kind of rhythm on the offensive end today.”
In the longest outing of his career, Bergen struck out three, walked one and had 16 of the 32 batters fly out.
“We knew going in that Bergen was going to throw fastballs and pitch away,” Gaspard said. “Our approach was to work away and stay up the middle of the field. We weren’t able to get above the ball and our swings were too long. We worked all week on the approach and it didn’t show up today.”
Alabama’s Spencer Turnbull took the loss, allowing one run on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Turnbull has pitched well during his starts, allowing just five total runs in 27 1/3 innings, but he hasn’t gotten much run support. Turnbull has lost his last four starts, as the Tide has scored no runs while he’s been on the mound.
Alabama’s Austen Smith and Chance Vincent each had two hits. Smith was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a walk. Vincent went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. The Tide’s other hit came on a seventh-inning single by Overstreet. Kennesaw State had four total hits in the game.
Alabama’s Jay Shaw threw the final 2 2/3 innings for the Tide, allowing a hit with a walk and three strikeouts.