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April 7, 2013
Crimson Tide shuts out Arkansas
TUSCALOOSA | Catcher Brett Booth snapped one scoreless streak for the Alabama baseball team Saturday, and pitcher Spencer Turnbull kept his intact.
Booth homered in the second inning, and Turnbull pitched seven scoreless innings as the Crimson Tide defeated Arkansas 5-0 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. No. 11 Arkansas (23-9, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) won the opener in the series 3-1 and claimed a 6-0 victory Friday. Alabama (20-13, 8-4) had four hits in each of the first two games and 12 on Saturday.
"There was definitely some pressure," Turnbull said. "We really needed to win today, but I felt like if I pitched my game we'd be fine."
Turnbull (4-1), a sophomore right-hander, allowed five hits and two walks and struck out four as he extended his scoreless streak to 292⁄3 innings. Arkansas starter Randall Fant (2-1) allowed five hits and two runs and struck out one in three innings.
"I felt like I could just keep pounding the fastball, and it was good today," Turnbull said. "My two-seam had a lot of sink on it, and I was able to really get it under their barrels, so I got a lot of ground balls today. My four-seam was good, too. My slider was pretty inconsistent today. I only threw a few good ones. I hung a few, but it was enough to keep the off balance."
Alabama hadn't scored in 14 innings when Booth led off the second with his third homer of the season.
"It was a cutter in, and I put a good swing on it and it got up," Booth said. "With the wind blowing in, I didn't know if it was going to get out, but once it started going I kind of had a good feeling it was going to get out of here."
Booth, who went 2-for-2 with two walks, one intentional, singled in Georgie Salem with two outs in the third.
Alabama capitalized on three hits and three errors to score two runs in the fifth.
Alabama got its final run in the seventh as Booth stole home while Austen Smith stole second.
"I think that win does a lot for our team and its confidence moving forward, particularly after the first two games where Arkansas was pretty dominant against us," Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said. "To come out and play the way we did, I thought it was one of our better games this year."
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