Alabama baseball wins first SEC series over Texas A&M, secures first road sweep of 2021

James Fletcher
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama baseball (19-12, 5-7 SEC) picked up a series sweep against Texas A&M (19-15, 3-9) this weekend at Blue Bell Park in College Station, Texas.

On Friday, the Crimson Tide won 5-3 behind a career long 7⅓ innings from starter Tyler Ras and a big night from second baseman Peyton Wilson.

Alabama jumped out to an early lead Saturday with a four-run third, holding on for a 6-3 win with help from the bullpen.

Sunday’s series finale swung back and forth over the first six innings, but designated hitter Owen Diodati hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh to lead Alabama to a 7-4 victory.

“I’m really proud of our guys. It is really, really hard to win on the road in the Southeastern Conference, especially in the SEC West. It was a really complete effort by our guys,” coach Brad Bohannon said.

Here are three things we learned:

Peyton Wilson continues to hit

Wilson is now batting .351 this season and extended his hit streak to 11 games with a hit in each game of the series.

Over the 11-game span, Wilson has seven multi-hit games and eight RBIs.

Chase Lee keeps ERA at 0.00

Through 19 ⅔ innings, Chase Lee is perfect.

The junior relief pitcher has a 0.00 ERA and holds batters under a .150 batting average this season.

Lee has 29 strikeouts and just six walks this season. He has four saves, including two this weekend.

Owen Diodati heats up

Diodati had just two hits in the last five games coming into the weekend.

He got hot Friday, going 3-for-4 at the plate, and completed the weekend with a game-winning home run on Sunday.

He is now batting .255 this season and finished the weekend with five hits.

Up next

Alabama will play Samford on Tuesday (6 p.m. CT) at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

The Crimson Tide will then play a home series with Auburn from Thursday-Saturday.