Pitchers’ Duel Favors Tigers in Alabama's 4-2 Loss at Auburn

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Farone allowed three runs in 5.2 innings of work on Thursday evening

5/16/2024

AUBURN, AL –
A pitchers' duel went in favor of the Tigers as Alabama baseball suffered a 4-2 loss to Auburn at Plainsman Park on Thursday evening. Following the series opener, the 24th-ranked Crimson Tide is now 32-20 overall and 12-16 in Southeastern Conference play.

A low-scoring affair saw Auburn plate single tallies in the first and third before Alabama got on the board with a run in the fourth. The Tigers added one more in the sixth but were countered by a Tide run in the seventh. A solo homer in the AU eighth moved the lead to 4-2, the eventual final.

Greg Farone (4-3) suffered the loss despite another solid start. The senior gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. Auburn starter Tanner Bauman (3-2) earned the win with 6.0 innings of two run baseball, allowing five hits and issuing three walks to go with eight punchouts.

From Head Coach Rob Vaughn
"We just didn't have enough consistent at-bats one-through-nine. To our pitchers' credit, Auburn didn't have many consistent at-bats either, but they were able to set some stuff up and cash in on their opportunities. They were just better than we were tonight, and we have to get back to work and get better tomorrow."

How It Happened
  • B1 | The Tiger leadoff man drew a walk and eventually came in to score on a one-out sacrifice fly. (1-0, Auburn)
  • B3 | The inning began with a double before a one-out wild pitch moved the Tiger runner to third. In that same at-bat, a 6-5 fielder's choice went for an out but crossed a run. (2-0, Auburn)
  • T4 | Mac Guscette led off with a single and moved to second thanks to a one-out hit-by-pitch. He then came home with two down on an RBI-single from Gage Miller. (2-1, Auburn)
  • B6 | A pair of doubles added a run for the Tigers. (3-1, Auburn)
  • T7 | Pinch-hitter Mason Swinney started the inning with a walk. A one-out wild pitch moved Swinney to second before a flyout to left advanced him to third. William Hamiter capitalized on the opportunity, singling through the left side to plate one. (3-2, Auburn)
  • B8 | Cade Belyeu added a run with a solo shot to right-center. (4-2, Auburn)
Postgame Notes
  • Greg Farone tossed an Alabama career-high 106 pitches in his start. The senior's previous best was 93 at Kentucky on April 6.
  • The 5.2 frames represent Farone's second-longest start of the season, trailing only his 7.0 innings at Ole Miss on April 25.
  • William Hamiter extended his hitting streak to seven games. Over that stretch, the graduate is hitting .444 (12-27) with one double, a triple, two homers, eight RBI, four runs scored and five walks.
  • Justin Lebron extended his on-base streak to 16 games.
  • Kade Snell's hitting streak ended at 13 games. Over the streak, the redshirt junior batted .375 (21-56) with three doubles, one homer, 11 RBI, 11 runs scored, two walks and a hit-by-pitch.
  • Snell's reached base streak also came to a close at 17 games.
Alabama and Auburn are set to meet for game two of the series at 6 p.m. CT on Friday evening. The Crimson Tide will send freshman left-hander Zane Adams to the mound while the Tigers counter with Chase Allsup, a junior righty. Fans can catch all the action live on SEC Network+.

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