Auburn Wins Pitchers' Duel

Courtesy: Alabama Media Relations

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama baseball team was defeated 2-1 by the Auburn Tigers in the MAX Capital City Classic on Tuesday night in front of a record crowd of 7,492 from Riverwalk Stadium. With the loss, Alabama drops to 11-6 overall and the win improves the Tigers record to 12-5. Auburn has now won all three MAX Capital City Classics.

Although Alabama starting pitcher Taylor Wolfe (1-2) took the loss, he had a strong outing throwing 6.0 innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on four hits with eight strikeouts. Wolfe, who was one off his season-high for strikeouts, retired the last 10 batters he faced, which included five strikeouts.

Auburn relief pitcher Bradley Hendrix got the win to improve to 1-0 on the season. Hendrix threw 3.0 innings, allowing no runs on one hit. Zack Blatt threw the final two innings to earn his first save of the season.

The Crimson Tide struck first, scoring just the fifth run in the first inning off Auburn this season. Brock Bennett extended his hitting streak to nine games with an infield single, and moved up to second on an infield out by Jared Reaves. Austen Smith followed with a sharp single through the left side, plating Bennett from second.

Auburn answered in the top of the second when designated hitter Dan Gamanche homered over the right field wall, knotting the score at 1-1. The Tigers took at 2-1 lead when a Brooks Beismer two-out double to right center drove in Wes Gilmer, who singled and stole second, for the eventual game-winning run.

In the Alabama third, the Tide had runners on second and third with one-out, but a groundout and a strike out ended the threat.

Alabama opens Southeastern Conference play on Friday night with game one of a three game road series against the Mississippi Rebels. Auburn will welcome Arkansas into Plainsman Park to begin its SEC schedule on Friday as well.