Third seeded Alabama lost to second seeded North Carolina State by a score of 8-1 on Friday afternoon in the Ruston, Louisiana Regional of the NCAA Tournament. Host La Tech is playing Rider in Game Two and the Tide will play the loser of that game on Saturday. Bama fell to 31-25 on the season while NC State improved to 31-17.
The Wolfpack used the long ball, to the tune of five home runs, and strong pitching to push the Tide into the losers bracket. Things looked promising for Bama in the top of the first when William Hamiter hammered a double off the right field walk with one out, followed by a line shot off the bat of Sam Praytor.