Alabama Baseball’s Jake Walters’ Career-High 13 Strikeouts Secure 5-2 Victory over North Dakota

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Sophomore right-hander Jake Walters struck out a career-high 13 batters to help lead Alabama baseball past North Dakota, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide secured its second series win of the season with the victory and improved to 5-1 overall.

Walters (1-1) ran into trouble in the third, as an error allowed two runs to eventually score and give the Fighting Hawks an early 2-0 lead, but he would refocus to earn the win. Eight of his 13 punchouts came from the fourth inning on, including the final five outs by way of the K. His day would end at 7.0 innings pitched with two runs allowed (both unearned) on six hits and one walk.

Left-handers Jon Keller and Thomas Burrows would follow Walters, with the tandem working 2.0 inning and using 15 pitches to record six consecutive outs. Keller earned his first hold of the season, while Burrows notched his third save in as many opportunities and added two more strikeouts to his total. The save was Burrows’ 21st of his career, tying him with Brian Reed (2002-03) for the most career saves in Alabama history.

The offense was highlighted by Georgie Salem, who finished 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season, two RBI, one run scored and a walk. Also notching two hits was Chandler Taylor, who finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Cobie Vance closed his day out 1-for-4 with two runs scored to extend his hitting streak to six games.

Alabama goes for the sweep of North Dakota on Sunday, with the Crimson Tide and Fighting Hawks scheduled for a 1 p.m. CT first pitch on SECN+. The pitching matchup will feature junior right-hander Nick Eicholtz for Alabama and righty McKay McNair, also a junior, for North Dakota.

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