WEEKEND SPORTS ROUNDUP: SEE HOW ALABAMA’S SPRING SPORTS TEAMS FARED
This past weekend was jam-packed with action as nearly all of Alabama’s spring sports teams competed. Find out how each team performed:
No. 8 Alabama went 3-2 in the Easton Crimson Class at Rhoads Stadium over the weekend. The Crimson Tide got off to a hot start, beating UT Arlington 11-5 in just five innings on Friday afternoon. However, Alabama couldn’t follow up on the quick start, losing to No. 7 Arizona 2-1 in a pitching duel on Friday night. The Crimson Tide bounced back with another win over UT Arlington on Saturday afternoon, this time a 3-2 victory that went the distance. It appeared as though Alabama was going to avenge its loss to Arizona on Saturday, but it gave up a two-run lead in the seventh inning and lost the game 6-5. Alabama closed out the tournament with a 4-0 win over McNeese State.
After this past weekend, Alabama stands at 12-7 on the season.
The Crimson Tide (12-0) remained undefeated with a sweep over Harvard over the weekend. In the first matchup on Friday, Alabama claimed a 15-3 victory behind a six-inning, nine-strikeout performance by freshman pitcher Connor Prielipp. On Saturday, Alabama kept it rolling with a 10-5 victory. The Crimson Tide closed out the weekend with a 6-3 victory behind a strong performance from outfielder T.J. Reeves, who had two RBIs in the win.
Alabama took down Kentucky on Friday night by a score of 197.2 – 196.65, earning its fourth 197-plus tally of the season. The Crimson Tide closed out the night with a season-high 49.55 on floor exercise. Luisa Blanco and Shea Mahoney tied for a meet-high 9.95 on the event. Alabama outscored Kentucky on every event besides uneven bars.
Alabama hosted three opponents over the weekend, losing two SEC matchups and winning a non-conference match. The Crimson Tide fell 2-4 to Florida on Friday evening. Alabama won the doubles point, but only Isabella Harvison managed to win her singles match. Ann Selim was leading 1-0 in the third set against her Florida opponent, but the match was clinched by the Gators before she could finish. Alabama was swept 4-0 by No. 30 South Carolina on Sunday. The Crimson Tide did finish the weekend with a 4-0 win over Alcorn State. With the win and two losses, Alabama moved to 12-4 on the season.
Alabama was swept on the road by No. 6 Florida 7-0 on Friday night but bounced back with a 4-3 road win over No. 23 South Carolina on Sunday. After winning the doubles point, the Crimson Tide went on to win three singles matches as well, with Patrick Kaukovalta, Alexey Nesterov and Jeremy Gschwendter all claiming victory. Alabama is 10-4 overall after the road trip.
Alabama kept any hope of making the NCAA Tournament alive with a 90-86 home win over South Carolina on Saturday. The Crimson Tide made 33-47 free throws in the win. Kira Lewis Jr. once again led the way in scoring with 25 and freshman phenom Jaden Shackelford posted 18 points. Redshirt-freshman Javian Davis had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Alabama now stands at 16-13.
In its last regular-season game of the season, Alabama won its fourth-straight game with a 73-61 victory over Missouri on senior night. Cierra Johnson led the Crimson Tide in scoring with 17 points while Megan Abrams, Jordan Lewis and Ariyah Copeland all finished in double figures. With the victory, Alabama finished the regular season at 18-11 overall and 8-8 in SEC play. The Crimson Tide will face Georgia in the SEC Tournament on Thursday at 11 a.m.
Swimming and Diving
The Crimson Tide earned 11 wins at the Bulldog Invitational in Athens, Georgia, over the weekend.
The Crimson Tide started its season off strong by winning four of five races against Eastern Michigan and Southern Methodist on Saturday morning.