Alabama Drops Both Ends of Friday Doubleheader with Top-Ranked Texas A&M

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The Aggies picked up their first series victory over the Crimson Tide since 2019


Alabama baseball fell in both games of a doubleheader with top-ranked Texas A&M on Friday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The 12th-ranked Crimson Tide is now 24-15 overall and 6-11 in Southeastern Conference play.

Alabama jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in game one on Friday, but Texas A&M responded with 10 unanswered runs to secure a 10-5 victory. In game two of the doubleheader, Texas A&M scored in five of the nine innings, including an eight-run second, to clinch the series with an 18-9 win. The Tide battled all game in the nightcap, plating four in the second, three in the fifth and two in the eighth while reaching runners in eight of the nine innings but could not overcome the early deficit.

From Head Coach Rob Vaughn
"It was a tough day. I told our boys that we could sit and break down all of the good and bad, but none of that matters now. All that matters is how we show up tomorrow, really what our mindset is, what our focus is and what our intensity looks like. They fought hard in the second game when a lot of teams wouldn't; that's the makeup of these kids. We have to keep growing and get better tomorrow."

Alabama suffered a 10-5 loss to Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide struck first with a three-run third followed by a pair of runs in the fourth to jump out to an early 5-0 lead. The Aggies responded with a six-spot in the top of the fifth, part of 10 unanswered runs to close out the game for the win. Chris Cortez (6-1) was handed the victory for the Aggies, while Shane Sdao secured his second save of the season after working the final 3.2 frames. Tyler Fay (1-2) suffered the loss.

How It Happened
  • B3 | Gage Miller led things off with a solo homer. One batter later, Justin Lebron singled through the left side before Will Hodokept the line moving with a walk. After a popup in the following at-bat, TJ McCants lined a two-run double of the wall in left-center to plate both runners. (3-0, Alabama)
  • B4 | Mac Guscette began frame with a walk and was followed by a single to left off the bat of Bryce Eblin. After a double play cut down a pair, Ian Petrutz belted a 2-1 pitch into the student section in right for a two-run homer. (5-0, Alabama)
  • T5 | The Aggies scored six runs on four hits to take the lead, highlighted by a grand slam from Caden Sorrell. (6-5, Texas A&M)
  • T6 | After a leadoff walk, A&M widened the gap with a two-run shot from Braden Montgomery. Jackson Appel followed with a solo homer. (9-5, Texas A&M)
  • T7 | Sorrell added to the Aggie advantage with a solo home run. (10-5, Texas A&M)
Postgame Notes
  • Eight of the nine starters reached base during game one.
  • TJ McCants matched his season-high total for hits with a 4-for-4 day. McCants also had four hits against Alabama State on March 19.
Alabama dropped game two of the doubleheader, 18-9. Texas A&M delivered an early blow with an eight-run second inning. The Tide countered with a four-run second, but the Aggies got three back in the fourth and added two more in the fifth. Alabama put up a three spot in the fifth, but, once again, A&M came back with three in the seventh. The Tide got two back in the eighth on a homer from Justin Lebron, but a two-run ninth for the Aggies made it an 18-9 ballgame. Brock Peery (2-0) picked the win for the Aggies, while Ben Hess(3-4) was tagged with the loss.

How It Happened
  • T2 | The Aggies scored eight runs on eight hits, highlighted by a three-run homer from Hayden Schott. (8-0, Texas A&M)
  • B2 | With one away in the inning, TJ McCants reached on an error and was followed by a Kade Snell hit-by-pitch and an Evan Sleight to load them up. Mac Guscette then cleared the bases with a grand slam to left that cut the lead in half. (8-4, Texas A&M)
  • T4 | The Aggies used a pair of two-out singles to add three runs. (11-4, Texas A&M)
  • T5 | Gavin Grahovac hit a two-run home run. (13-4, Texas A&M)
  • B5 | With one away in the inning, Justin Lebron lifted a solo shot to left. After three consecutive singles from Will Hodo, McCants and Snell, Guscette capped off the scoring with a two-run single to center. (13-7, Texas A&M)
  • T7 | Braden Montgomery hit a three-run home run. (16-7, Texas A&M)
  • B8 | Ian Petrutz slapped a one-out single to center and was brought home on Lebron's second homer of the day, this one a two-run shot into the Tide bullpen. (16-9, Texas A&M)
  • T9 | Jace LaViolette added to the advantage with a two-run homer. (18-9, Texas A&M)
Postgame Notes
  • Alabama's pitching staff has struck out 10-or-more batters in 19 games this year.
  • Coulson Buchanan's 3.2 innings tied the Crimson Tide's season-high for innings pitched in relief. Tyler Fay also tossed 3.2 frames out of the pen on Feb. 27 against UAB.
  • The Crimson Tide has homered in 27 contests for the season, including 20 games with two-or-more roundtrippers. The Tide hit five home runs during Friday's doubleheader.
  • Alabama's offense has registered double-digit hits in 25 of the team's 39 games played this season.
  • Mac Guscette finished with an Alabama career-high four hits. His previous high was three knocks, which he accomplished seven times, most recently against Dallas Baptist on March 3.
  • Guscette's second inning grand slam is the first grand slam for the Tide since Will Hodo's in game one of the March 9 doubleheader against Lipscomb.
  • Justin Lebron recorded his first career multi-homer game. It was the seventh multi-homer effort of the season by an Alabama hitter and most recent since Gage Miller's two-homer game at Samford on April 3.
  • Miller's reach base streak ended at 37 games. It is believed to be the second-longest reached base streak to start a season, trailing only Jeremy Brown's program-record 50 games to open the 2001 campaign.
  • The junior's 37-game streak is also believed to be the fourth-longest reached base streak in program history. It trails only Taylor Dugas' 46-game (2011-12) and 47-game (March 14-May 29, 2010) streaks along with Brown's program record of 50 games.
  • Miller's hitting streak also ended at seven games. Over that stretch, the junior batted .333 (9-27) with a double, three homers, five RBI, five runs scored, a walk and four hit-by-pitches.
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Alabama and Texas A&M wrap up the series on Saturday at 12 p.m. CT. The Crimson Tide will send freshman left-hander Zane Adamsto the hill while the Aggies call on sophomore Justin Lamkin, also a lefty. Fans can catch the finale live on SEC Network+.



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