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UA strands 10 runners in Sunday loss to LSU

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com · 340-2460

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama coach Jim Wells was pressed on what was going wrong with the Crimson Tide following the team’s 7-3 loss against LSU on Sunday.

Looking at the ground, Wells muttered, “A lot of things.”

The Crimson Tide didn’t get the timely hits it needed, stranding 10 runners on base, and used five pitchers as it lost its second straight SEC series. LSU (17-12-1, 3-5-1 SEC) took two of three games from Alabama (18-12, 4-5) in the weekend series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Alabama’s Brandon Belcher made his first pitching start since Feb. 10 was limited to a maximum of 50 pitches by the Tide coaching staff.

Belcher tossed 39 pitches in two innings and left after giving up three runs on three hits with soreness in his already injured forearm.

The longest any Alabama pitcher went after that was the 2 2/3 innings by reliever Austin Hyatt went.

With the score 3-1 in favor of LSU and the bases loaded in the third inning, Alabama right fielder Elvin Vargas popped out.

Trailing 4-3 in the sixth inning, the Tide loaded the bases again but couldn’t capitalize.

“When there are guys on base, you’ll always have opportunities,” Alabama designated hitter Alex Avila said. “They might get you sometimes, but you have to get a hit one of the times and we just didn’t do that.”

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