Rivalry Returns to Montgomery
The Montgomery Biscuits, along with the City of Montgomery, the University of Alabama and Auburn University, have announced that the two schools will host the eighth annual MAX Capital City Classic on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Riverwalk Stadium. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
In a thrilling inaugural MAX Capital City Classic on March 10, 2009, the Auburn Tigers overcame a late-game blown-lead and a one-run deficit in the ninth inning to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 8-7 in front of a near record crowd of 7,489 at Riverwalk Stadium. Auburn right fielder Ben Jones was named the Most Valuable Player of the inaugural game after completing a stunning turnaround for the Tigers in the top of the ninth inning by driving in Trent Mummey with the game-winning run.
The Auburn Tigers took their second straight victory over the Crimson Tide during the second annual MAX Capital City Classic on March 24, 2010. The game was originally set for March 9, 2010 but was postponed due to inclement weather conditions. In front of 7,205 fans, Auburn University beat the University of Alabama in a final score of 8-6. Auburn reliever, Michael Hurst, was named Most Valuable Player after he completely silenced Alabama's bats mid-game and gave way for the Auburn win.
The Auburn Tigers continued their undefeated record in the MAX Capital City Classic by taking the 3rd annual game by a score of 2-1 on March 15, 2011. In front of a record 7,492 fans the Tigers bested the Tide by way of relief pitcher Bradley Hendrix who threw three scoreless frames, allowing only one hit to get the win. Brooks Beismer hit a two-out double driving in Wes Gilmer for the go-ahead run, which would prove to be enough.
In the fourth annual MAX Capital City Classic the Auburn Tigers continued their winning streak against the Crimson Tide on March 6, 2012 in front of a crowd of 7,129 fans. Auburn starter, Jon Luke Jacobs, earned the win after throwing 6.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on five hits and six strikeouts. Justin Bryant got his first save of the season as he threw the final 2.1 innings, allowing a run on three hits with three strikeouts. The Auburn Tigers prevailed with a final score of 8-2.
In the fifth installment of the rivalry game, Auburn stayed undefeated in the MAX Capital City Classic by taking advantage of three Crimson Tide errors in a 6-3 win for the Tigers on March 5, 2013. In front of a crowd of 6,911, Auburn relief pitcher Conner Kendrick stole the show by tossing the final six scoreless-frames without allowing a hit and striking out a career-best eight for the win. The Tigers only amassed five hits but were able to take advantage of the defensive miscues by Alabama to score four unearned runs en route to victory.
After dropping five-straight MAX Capital City Classics, the Crimson Tide broke through in 2014 with a 4-3 win over the Tigers. En route to winning the MVP Award, Alabama reliever, Thomas Burrows entered the game in the seventh and kept Auburn off the board for three innings while only allowing two base runners for the win. Alabama, trailing 3-2, tied the game in the seventh with a Mikey White RBI-single then took the lead in the ninth inning on a throwing error by third-baseman Georgie Salem.
In the seventh installment of the game, Auburn was led to a 5-3 victory over Alabama by pitcher, Keegan Thompson’s career-high 12 strikeouts. Thompson – a pre-season Golden Spikes Award watch list member – used 119 pitches to hold the Tide to three runs on only one walk through 7.1 innings for his third win of the season. Thompson was selected as the MVP while Auburn improved to 6-1 in the annual rivalry game.
The games mark the first time the schools have met in a regular-season, non-conference game since they met in a seven-year series at Paterson Field from 1990-96. Auburn and Alabama met annually throughout the state during the 1980s and 1990s.
"We are very happy to bring these prestigious programs back to Montgomery," said Biscuits owner Sherrie Myers. "In addition to being a wonderful and entertaining game, the City of Montgomery is pleased to reinstate a great tradition. It's almost like Montgomery's own Iron Bowl."
The two schools met in SEC contests at Paterson Field in 1993 and 1995, with Auburn winning 11-3 in 1993 and Alabama upsetting the top-ranked Tigers 10-5 in 1995 before a then state-record 8,543 fans.