TALLAHASSEE, FL (WSFA) - It isn't often a team starts a day already in a hole, but that's where Alabama's baseball team found themselves on Monday. Unfortunately for the Tide (35-28), they weren't able to dig themselves out, falling 11-1 to Florida State in the Tallahassee Regional championship game.
The game actually started on Sunday, but play was stopped at 7:45 ET due to weather, and then suspended at 9 PM. The sixth-ranked Seminoles were leading 8-1 at the time of suspension.
"Being down seven was pretty tough," said Alabama outfielder Taylor Dugas. "It wasn't easy starting in such a hole."
The game was resumed at noon on Monday, but Alabama's offensive struggles from the day before seemed to carry over.
The Tide only managed five hits on the game, and Dugas provided the only run with a sixth-inning homer that was the last play before the game was postponed.
Crimson Tide starter Adam Windsor (3-3) was pulled in the second inning after allowing 3 runs without recording an out. The Tide bullpen had just as much trouble as Windsor. Four relievers worked eight innings, allowing eight runs on 16 hits.
"We weren't built with our pitching staff," said Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard. "[We] just didn't have the depth due to those injuries to come through the loser's bracket."
Mike McGee got it done on the mound and with the bat for the Seminoles (45-16). McGee earned his fourth win, going five innings while allowing only one run on three hits. McGee also struck out three and issued only one walk. McGee also went 3-5 at the plate, including a two-RBI double to the left-center gap that essentially blew the game open.
Despite the loss, Gaspard said he's proud of his team's success this year.