Alabama Falls in One-Run Affair with Auburn, 5-4

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The Crimson Tide reached the tying run in the ninth but came up short

4/16/2021

TUSCALOOSA, AL – Alabama baseball came up short against Auburn, 5-4, on Friday evening at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide is now 21-13 overall and 6-8 in Southeastern Conference play.

Auburn got out front early with one in the first and two in the second. The Tide cut into the lead with one in the second, but the Tigers countered with one in the fifth. Alabama answered that with a two-spot in the home half of the fifth with both teams going scoreless until the eighth. The top of the eighth saw Auburn add one to make it a two-run game headed to the ninth. Alabama scratched across one in that final frame, but a strikeout ended things with the tying run at first.

The win went to Auburn starter Jack Owen (1-2) while Dylan Smith (0-4) suffered the loss. Smith was solid once again, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks with eight punchouts across 7.0 innings of work. Carson Swilling picked up his first save of the season, working the final 2.0 frames for the Tigers.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon
"I'm excited to get to the park tomorrow, excited to see Connor Prielipp back out there. Antoine Jean, Chase Lee, those guys will pitch, and I'm sure it'll be a back-and-forth game that'll be tied in the seventh. We're going to have to make some pitches late and get a big hit to win the series."

How It Happened
  • T1 | Tyler Miller's solo home run got the Tigers on the board first. (1-0, Auburn)
  • T2 | A two-out two-run home run from Bryson Ware added to the AU lead. (3-0, Auburn)
  • B2 | T.J. Reeves singled with one down. He then moved to second and third on a pair of wild pitches. With Reeves 90 feet away, Drew Williamson sent a single to center to get Alabama on the board. (3-1, Auburn)
  • T5 | Ware homered for a second time, this one a solo shot. (4-1, Auburn)
  • B5 | Andrew Pinckney beat out a single to lead off the inning before Jim Jarvis was hit by a pitch to put the first two on. After a strikeout, a single from William Hamiter loaded the bases. Zane Denton followed with a fielder's choice to plate one before Sam Praytor's RBI-single brought in another run to cut the deficit to one. (4-3, Auburn)
  • T8 | The Tigers led off the inning with a double. The man from second came around to score in the next at-bat when a sac bunt resulted in an errant throw to the outfield to bring across the man from second. (5-3, Auburn)
  • B9 | Pinch-hitter Jackson Tate reached on a fielder's choice to give the Tide a one-out baserunner. Then, with two down, Tate moved to second on a wild pitch. A liner over the glove of the second baseman allowed Tate to come around and score, making it a one-run game, but UA would get no closer as a strikeout ended things in favor of AU. (5-4, Auburn)
Postgame Notes
  • Dylan Smith struck out seven in tonight's game and has now struck out five-or-more batters in all nine starts this season.
  • Peyton Wilson's hitting streak came to an end at 13 games. Across that stretch, the sophomore batted .417 (25-60) with four doubles, a triple and three home runs to go with 10 RBI, 12 runs scored, three walks, a hit-by-pitch and five stolen bases.
  • Wilson's hitting streak in SEC play also ended at 10 straight games. The sophomore batted .457 (21-46) with three doubles, three home runs, nine RBI, nine runs, two walks, a hit-by-pitch and five stolen bases during that stretch.
  • ATTENDANCE: 2,630 (SELLOUT)
The two teams meet tomorrow afternoon to decide the series. The rubber match will feature the return of left-hander Connor Prielipp for the Crimson Tide while the Tigers counter with right-hander Joseph Gonzalez. The rubber match is set for a 4 p.m. CT first pitch at The Joe with the series finale airing on SEC Network+.

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