Game 2: Alabama 8, Troy 2

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Austin Graham pitched into the seventh
inning and Alabama's offense scored four runs in the bottom of the
third inning to beat Troy 8-2.

Graham was making his first start on the mound for Alabama in nearly two years. He held Troy to two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings, with four walks and four strikeouts in helping the Tide snap its modest two-game losing streak.

Alabama (4-5) scored two runs in the first inning to give the right-hander and early lead and then blew the game open with a four-run, third inning to take a 6-0 lead.

Troy starter Jeff Green (0-1) was charged with six earned runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings. He added three strikeouts and walked one batter.

Troy (9-2) scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning to close the gap to 6-2.

Junior right-hander Robert Phares relieved Graham with two outs and two runners on base in the seventh inning to earn his first collegiate save. Phares blanked the Trojans on two hits over the final 2 1/3 innings, with two strikeouts.

Alabama added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning against TU reliever J.J. Whetsel.

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