AUBURN, Ala. (Alabama and Auburn Athletics/WIAT) — Alabama baseball’s comeback hopes were ended late as Auburn came away with a 17-7 win on Sunday afternoon at Plainsman Park. The two teams split the season series at 2-2 with the Crimson Tide moving to 27-21 overall and 6-18 in Southeastern Conference play following Sunday’s contest.
The Crimson Tide and Tigers were knotted at 3-3 after three innings on Sunday. Auburn then scored one in the sixth and four in the seventh to deliver what appeared to be the crushing blow, but Alabama came back with three in the top of the eighth to make it an 8-6 contest headed to the bottom of the eighth. That half inning saw the Tigers score nine runs to put things out of reach. Alabama battled for one in the ninth but would come no closer in the 17-7 series finale.
Sunday’s game saw the two teams combine to use 12 pitchers. Auburn reliever Bailey Horn (2-0) picked up the win with 1.1 scoreless innings in the middle of the contest. The hard-luck loss went to Alabama reliever Brock Guffey (0-1). The sophomore lefty allowed the Tigers’ go-ahead run across his 2.1 frames.
Auburn Head Coach Butch Thompson says it’s nice to beat your rival for two straight years. His full interview is in this article.