Pitching leads Crimson Tide to win over Owls

FROM STAFF REPORTSJune 1, 2014 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Alabama is one win away from advancing to the super regionals.

That is after the Tide got two masterful pitching performances on Sunday to remain in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional at Dick Howser Stadium.

The Tide (37-23) beat Georgia Southern 6-0 to eliminate the Eagles, then it beat Kennesaw State 4-1 in the first championship game.

That gave Kennesaw State its first loss in the regional.

The final game will be played at 7 p.m tonight. The winner will meet the winner of the Louisville Regional, which will either be Louisville or Kentucky.

Alabama lost its opener in the regional, 1-0, to Kennesaw State on Friday. The Tide bounced back and beat host Florida State 6-5 in an elimination game Saturday.

In the win over Kennesaw State, Alabama's Taylor Guilbeau pitched a complete-game five hitter.

"Similar to the same message after Game 1 today, guys have to step up right now and I don't know if we've had anyone like (Taylor) Guilbeau step up for us tonight," Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said in a news release. "It was his first start this year and he responded with a complete game effort. He threw 126 pitches and that's just stepping up for his team. I can't say enough about his outing today and what he brought to our team."

Guilbeau's longest previous outing was six innings against Vanderbilt on April 21, 2012.

"We have a different energy right now and it started with the win over FSU (Saturday)," Gaspard said. "It relaxed our guys and we're really in a good place right now. I'm excited about the game tomorrow."

The Tide scored three runs in the top of the fourth.

Austen Smith drove in the first run on a fielder's choice.

Casey Hughston doubled in the other two.

Ben Moore, Kyle Overstreet and Mikey White had two hits apiece.

In the first win, Geoffrey Bramblett (5-2) gave up just two hits and two walks to go along with seven strikeouts.

"When you get in that losers bracket certain guys have to step up, and today Geoffrey Bramblett was outstanding on the mound," Gaspard said after the first game. "He gave us just what we needed and that was a complete game and had a tremendous outing.''

Bramblett retired 14 straight batters at one point in the game and 18 of the first 19 he faced.

Moore went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs.

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