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The Tigers won a 1-0 contest in game one before the Tide rallied for a 5-1 victory in the day’s second game

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Saturday doubleheader between Alabama baseball and Missouri was split as the Tigers won game one, 1-0, before the Crimson Tide bounced back for a 5-1 victory in game two. With a Friday victory already in hand, the Tide earned the series win by day's end. After the doubleheader, the Crimson Tide is now 20-13 overall and 5-7 in Southeastern Conference play.

"Overall, I'm excited to have won consecutive SEC series against ranked teams," said Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon. "Now, we have to carry that momentum into our midweek game on Tuesday."

Game one was for the pitchers, as both team's starters went deep into the game to keep the opponent off the scoreboard. In the eighth, a Tide miscue allowed Missouri to eventually cross the winning run for 1-0 victory.

Alabama came out on top in the second game, 5-1. The Tide put up three runs in the third before Mizzou answered with one run of its own in the bottom of the sixth. Alabama added two more in the top of the ninth to put the game completely out of reach and get the series win on Saturday.

The victory in game two was the Crimson Tide's 20th of the season, surpassing last year's win total (19). The win for the Tide was also its fifth in Southeastern Conference play, matching last season's final win tally across the 30-game league schedule.

Next up for Alabama is a midweek contest with UAB on Tuesday evening at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide and Blazers are set for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch on SEC Network+ to complete the 2018 home-and-home series between the two in-state foes.

GAME ONE
The Crimson Tide suffered a 1-0 shutout loss to the Tigers in game one of Saturday's doubleheader.

"It was a tough loss for us in game one," said Bohannon of the day's first game. "(Scott) Plassmeyer was outstanding, and Jake (Walters) matched him for a good part of the game. Credit Missouri for taking advantage of our mistakes in the eighth to get the run they needed for the win."

The two teams went scoreless until the eighth, when a Tide miscue in the outfield allowed the leadoff hitter for Missouri to reach at second. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third and a sac fly brought across the game-winning run.

Alabama starter Jake Walters was brilliant in game one. The senior worked 6.1 scoreless innings of four-hit baseball to keep the Tide even with the Tigers. Walters struck out a season-high 12, including the first eight hitters he faced, and issued only two walks. The 12 punchouts fell one short of matching his career-high mark for a single game and were his most in an SEC start for his career.

Walters was followed by Dylan Duarte (3-1) who suffered his first loss of the season despite not giving up an earned run. Duarte tossed 1.2 innings with a walk and a strikeout to go with his unearned run in the relief effort. Missouri starter Scott Plassmeyer (4-0) earned the win with a complete-game shutout, allowing four hits and striking out seven.

GAME TWO
Alabama took down Missouri, 5-1, in game two of Saturday's twinbill to secure the series win over the Tigers.

"I'm really proud of the way our guys bounced back in game two," Bohannon added. "We strung together some hits early and added insurance runs late to get the win. (Garret) Rukes, (Kyle) Cameron, (Brock) Guffey and (Deacon) Medders all competed really well and did a good job of keeping the Missouri offense from getting anything going."

The Crimson Tide used two hits and an error to cross three runs in the third and put the game out of reach early. Missouri answered with one run in the sixth, but the Alabama bullpen was able to limit the damage. The Tide bats added two more insurance runs in the ninth to ensure the series-clinching win in the nightcap.

Redshirt sophomore Kyle Cameron (1-1) got the win, providing the Tide with a career-long 5.0 innings of one-run baseball. The right-hander gave up three hits and a walk while striking out a career-high tying three batters in the effort. Deacon Medders tallied his second save of the weekend and his sixth of the season. The sophomore right-hander shut the door over the final 1.1 innings, allowing a hit and striking out one Tiger batter.

On offense, junior Cobie Vance led the way with a career-high tying four hits as part of his 4-for-5 game that included an RBI, one run and a stolen base. Also contributing a multi-hit effort was Kyle Kaufman, with the junior finishing 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, one walk and a team-high two runs scored.

The Crimson Tide posted a three-spot in the top of the third to take the decisive lead. Freshman Sam Praytor led off the inning with a walk before a sacrifice bunt moved him to second. A walk in the next at-bat followed by a single by Vance loaded the bases for the Tide. Joe Breaux took advantage of his RBI opportunity, with the junior singling to the shortstop to move everyone up a station and cross the game's first run.

A sacrifice fly in the next at-bat from senior Chandler Avant scored the man from third to make it a two-run game. The Crimson Tide then executed the double steal in the next at-bat, with each runner taking a base and the throw from the Tiger catcher going into the outfield. The miscue allowed one more to score and make it a 3-0 Alabama advantage early.

Missouri cut into the deficit with one run in the bottom of the sixth. The Tigers recorded a one-out single and moved the runner to second on a groundout before advancing to third with a stolen base. An RBI-single to right-center brought in the Tigers' lone run, making it a 3-1 game after six full.

The Tide widened the gap in the ninth, adding a pair of insurance runs to make it a 5-1 game. Junior Keith Holcombe led off the inning with a single and moved up to second on an infield groundout. One out later, Kaufman doubled to right to bring in Holcombe and put himself in scoring position. Vance followed with an RBI-single in the next at-bat to bring in Kaufman and give the Tide a four-run lead. Medders then shut the door in the ninth, allowing a leadoff single before a strikeout and a 6-3 double play ended things in the Crimson Tide's favor.

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Alabama Baseball Swept By Texas A&M
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The Crimson Tide traveled to College Station to take on the 19th ranked Texas A&M Aggies in a three game series played on Thursday-Friday-Saturday. The Tide was riding the momentum of winning two straight series from ranked teams into the weekend games: ‘Bama took two out of three from 6th ranked Kentucky and two of three from 18th ranked Missouri in the previous two weekends. However the Aggies had other plans and swept all three games from the Tide. Thursday’s score was 12-6, Friday’s was a 9-6 loss and Saturday’s game three was a heartbreaker, losing 3-2 in 11 innings. Alabama fell to 21-16 overall and 5-10 in the SEC while TAMU improved to 27-9, 8-7 in league play.

Game One- Lost 12-6

With Sam Finntery on the mound the Tide has been in every game one of each series. The junior right hander continually battles and gets the most out of his ability, while keeping the team close in each start. The Tide took leads in the third and sixth innings, but a late inning collapse spelled doom for the team. There were four lead changes throughout the game.

‘Bama touched Aggie starter John Doxakis for three runs in the third to take the early lead. Keith Holcombe led off the frame with a double and was sacrificed to third by Jett Manning. Matt Malkin did a good job of putting the ball in play, earning a run driven in on a ground out. Cobie Vance worked a walk, and Jeaux Breaux reached base on an error with two outs. Hunter Alexander drove both of them home with a single, and the early 3-0 lead.

Texas A&M bounced back with two in the bottom half of the third on a two run home run off the bat of Logan Foster. The Aggies took the lead in the fourth with two runs on a double and two singles. The Tide regained the lead in the top of the sixth with three runs. Chandler Taylor walked and advanced to third on a Sam Praytor double. Manning brought home Taylor with a ground ball out and Praetor strolled home in front of a long home run off the bat of Matt Malkin. Malkin had driven in six runs in the Tides last game on Tuesday night.

TAMU drew closer in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run by Cole Bedford. Finnerty ended his night after six innings, leaving with a one run lead after allowing nine hits with one walk, two strikeouts and five runs allowed. The Tide threatened to add insurance in the seventh when Chandler Avant smacked a one out double, but could not get him in.

Dylan Duarte replaced Finnerty to begin the seventh inning and just missed getting out of the inning. After a lead off single, Duarte recorded two straight strikeouts, but then gave up another single and a two run double, giving the Aggies a 7-6 lead. The Tide got the tying run to second base with one out in the eighth, but could not get the big hit to bring in the run.

The train ran off the tracks in the bottom of the eighth when the Aggies sent 11 men to the plate and scored five runs off a combination of Duarte, Tyler Adams, and Davis Vainer. The margin was too large for the Tide to close, and they lost by a score of 12-6. The Tide had 10 hits, drew four walks, struck out nine times, and stranded nine runners on base. The Aggies had 15 hits, walked four times, struck out six times, and also stranded nine runners. Holcombe led the way with a three hit game, while Avant added two. Malkin drove in three while Alexander added two runs driven in. Duarte’s record dropped to 3-2 with the loss.

Game Two- Lost 9-6

Right handed senior Jake Walters toed the rubber for the Tide in game two. Walters was coming off three straight outstanding starts where he had allowed only two earned runs over his last 20 innings pitched. However the Aggies treated him rudely, tallying five runs in the second inning to take control of the game. A three run home run by Michael Helman was the big blow.

The Tide loaded the bases in the third, but could only push one run across on a RBI double by Hunter Alexander. TAMU matched that run with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. A lead off walk, a single, and a sacrificed fly by Bedford scored the run. The Aggies pushed the lead to 7-1 with a run in the fourth. ‘Bama loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but could only score once, on an RBI single by Sam Praytor. Once again Texas A&M answered by scoring in the bottom of the fifth. A Chandler Taylor RBI single in the top of the sixth brought the Tide closer, but TAMU answered again with one run in the bottom half, pushing the score to 9-3 after six innings.

Alabama tried to mount a comeback in the ninth, and did draw closer when Taylor and Jeaux Breaux both singled and scored in front of Praytor’s first home run of his career, which cut the lead to 9-6. Jett Manning then singled to keep hope alive, but a strike out ended the game.

The Tide out hit the Aggies 11-9, but couldn't get the hits when the needed them most. UA also drew four walks, struck out eight times, and stranded 11 runners on base. TAMU drew four walks, struck out 10 times and left five on base. Taylor’s three hits led the way, while Breaux, Praytor, and Manning all had two each. Praytor drove in four of the Tide’s six runs.

Game Three- Lost 3-2 in 11 innings.

The Tide looked to salvage one game on get away day in a 1 o'clock match up on Saturday. Garret Rukes took his normal game three start, with his usual pitch count of approximately 40 pitches. Texas A&M countered with Stephen Kolek, who normally had been their series opening starter, but after pitching in relief on Tuesday in a game against Texas, he was pushed back to game three.

Rukes got into trouble in the first, but managed his way out of it. A lead off single followed by a walk looked to spell early doom for the Tide. Braden Shewmake hit a ground ball to first baseman Hunter Alexander, who threw to Jett Manning covering second. An over aggressive slide by Logan Foster led to the umpire calling runners interference and awarded the Tide a double play. After a long review up held the call Aggie assistant coach Justin Sealy was thrown out of the game, followed quickly by Aggie head man Rob Childress getting the early heave-ho as well.

The Tide threatened to get on the board in the top of the third when Walker McCleney drew a walk and Cobie Vance reached on an error, putting two runners on with no outs. Jeaux Breaux put down a perfect sacrifice to advance the runners into scoring position. On a ground ball to the third baseman, McCleney tried to score and was cut down at the plate. With Chandler Taylor at the plate, Alexander was cut down trying to steal to end the inning.

Kyle Cameron entered after Rukes go the first out in the third. Cameron walked his first man, then gave up two straight singles to plate the first run of the game. The Aggies added to the lead in the fifth after a hit batter and a single. followed by a double steal put two runners in scoring position. With one out Cameron fielded a ground ball back to the mound and had the runner trapped off of third base, but threw the ball away during a run down, allowing Michael Helman to score.

Headed to the top of the eighth the Tide had only collected two hits on the day, both by Vance. With two outs Chandler Taylor took Kolek’s last pitch of the game deep over the right field wall for his 11th home run of the season, cutting the lead to 2-1. Dylan Duarte had replaced Cameron, and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, to keep the game within reach.

In the top of the ninth, after two quick outs, Matt Malkin lined a single. Connor Stutts was called on to pinch run. Chandler Avant, who was kept out of the starting lineup by an ankle injury suffered on Friday night, came on to pinch hit. Avant drilled a double over the head of centerfield Zach Deloach, sending Stutts in with the tying run.

Tide Closer Deacon Medders who had entered the game in the seventh, shut down the Aggies in the ninth, sending the game to extra innings. In the top of the tenth Bama had a great chance to take the lead after Breaux led off with a single, and was sacrificed to second by Alexander. Taylor was walked putting two runners on with one out. Sam Praytor flew out for out two and Manning walked to load the bases for John Trousdale, who struck out to strand the bags full.

In the bottom of the 11th TAMU reached on an error to start the inning, and advanced to second on a passed ball. Medders fielded a ground ball to the mound and caught the lead runner leaning for out one, however after a walk Shewmake lined a single up the middle to score the run, leaving the Tide on the wrong end of a 3-2 score. Medders fell to 0-2 with the loss.

Bama had six hits, drew five walks, struck out seven times, and stranded 11 runners. The Aggies had nine hits, seven walks, three strikeouts, and stranded 14 runners. Vance was the only Tide player with more than one hit in the game.

Overview

Not much good can come from being swept in a series, but getting Chandler Taylor hot again will be a plus going forward. The pitching, which has carried the team, took their lumps this weekend, and needs to bounce back strong.

Who Did What ?

  • Chandler Taylor 5-10, 4 walks, 2 RBI, 4 runs, Home run (11)
  • Sam Praytor 4-14, 2 doubles, 4 RBI, 2 runs, Home run (1), hit by pitch
  • Chandler Avant 3-8, 2 doubles, 3 walks, Run, RBI- only could pinch hit in game 3, ankle injury
  • Cobie Vance 4-15, double, walk, run
  • Keith Holcombe 3-4, double, run- missed last two games with ankle injury
Whats Next ?

Five games next week, all at home. Tuesday at 6 p.m. Samford comes to town, followed by Alcorn State on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. contest. The Auburn Tigers are the A Day weekend opponent, with a 6 p.m Friday game, a 7 p.m. Saturday game and a 1 p.m Sunday match up. The Saturday game can be seen on the SEC Network, while all others can be seen on SEC Network Plus, Watch ESPN App. Also follow @rogerpatmyers for updates on Twitter

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