TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Georgia Southern’s run through the postseason finally ran out of steam.
Freshman Alabama pitcher Geoffrey Bramblett, in just his fifth career start, tossed a complete-game shutout as the second-seeded Crimson Tide eliminated No. 4 Georgia Southern with a 6-0 win on Sunday in the NCAA regionals.
Alabama chased GSU starter Will Jackson in the third inning after a pair of walks and an RBI single by Georgie Salem.
Salem and Mikey White scored on an RBI double by Ben Moore.
Moore doubled again in the fifth to drive in White for the second time on the day.
The Eagles didn’t get anything going until the seventh, when Ben Morgan and Stryker Brown walked and Morgan took third on a wild pitch by ’Bama starter Geoffrey Bramblett.
A strikeout and a hard lineout ended the threat.
Bramblett struck out seven and walked two. Only Garren Palmer and freshman Garrett Chapman recorded hits for the Eagles.
The Eagles won at least 40 games for the seventh time in program history, dating back to 1933. It was the third for head coach Rodney Hennon.
“I’ve coached some good teams over the year, some tough teams, but I don’t think I’ve coached a tougher team than this one over the years,” Hennon said. “These seniors get it. They know what it means to sacrifice and put the team first.”
The Eagles fell to 18-30 all time in NCAA regional games.
Georgia Southern used six pitchers, including sophomore Jason Richman, who pitched in his school-record 47th game.