| BSB/SB ⚾ Friday Night Battle Favors Tigers in Alabama’s 3-2 Loss at 20th-Ranked Auburn (Sat, 2CT on SECN+)


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AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama fell to 20th-ranked Auburn, 3-2, on Friday night at Plainsman Park. The Crimson Tide is now 27-23 overall and 10-15 in Southeastern Conference play.

Another Friday night pitcher's duel saw both teams go scoreless until the fifth. That inning saw Auburn gain the advantage with a pair of two-out runs. Alabama came right back to even things up in the top of the sixth, using a two-run home run from Drew Williamson to make it a 2-2 ballgame. The Tigers countered with one in the home half of the sixth for what would prove to be the difference.

Garrett McMillan (4-4) was handed the loss on Friday night despite another solid start. The junior allowed three runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts across 5.2 innings of work. He handed the ball over to Brock Guffey, with the Tide reliever contributing 2.1 scoreless frames and a season-high five strikeouts. Auburn reliever John Armstrong (1-0) picked up the win while Blake Burkhalter collected his 12th save with a scoreless ninth.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon

"This was a great college baseball game. We had the same number of hits; we may have even barreled more balls than they did. Garrett McMillan and Brock Guffey were both outstanding. This is kind of the story of our season – this is our 12th loss by one run, and it seems like the other team has a knack for getting the big hit when it matters. We have a quick turnaround with the day game tomorrow, and tomorrow's got to be the day that we get a big hit with a runner in scoring position while pitching as well as G-Mac and Brock did tonight."

For the second straight Friday night, didn't bring in Duffey soon enough and lost both games by one run. Last Friday night against LSU in the top of the fifth with two outs and a runner at third and Morgan at the plate. My dear old departed grandmother who knew next to nothing about baseball would have known to go for the lefty vs lefty match up. Didn't do it and Morgan homers. Brings in Duffey at the top of the sixth. :rolleyes: One out too late.
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