Alabama Baseball Falls in Rubber Match with No. 9 Arkansas, 10-2
Alabama baseball fell to No. 9 Arkansas by a score of 10-2 on Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Razorbacks claimed the series win with the victory, while the Crimson Tide moves to 19-6 on the season, including a 2-4 mark in SEC play.
“First, I would like to give credit to Arkansas – just a really, really good club and very worthy of their ranking,” said Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon. “We came into the game today having decided we were going to script the pitching and knew we were going to pitch six or seven guys. We tried to get guys in and out of the game and give them different looks, and obviously that didn’t work really well for us. We weren’t good enough offensively either. It was a really tough day against a top-10 club.”
The Razorbacks got on the board first with two runs apiece in the first and third frames. Alabama cut the early lead in half with a two-run fourth, but four runs in the fifth and another pair in the eighth secured the series-clinching win for the Hogs. Arkansas starter Cody Scroggins (2-0) earned the win while Wil Freeman (2-2) suffered the loss in his start for the Crimson Tide.
Arkansas began the day’s scoring, putting up two runs in the first for the early 2-0 lead. The Razorbacks doubled their lead with another pair of runs in the third for a 4-0 advantage through three. Alabama was able to cut the deficit to two in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs.
Sophomore Tyler Gentry reached on a throwing error to begin the frame and was followed by a single from freshman T.J. Reeves to put runners on the corners. A sacrifice fly by John Trousdale, a junior, brought in Gentry and got the Tide on the board. Reeves stole second and kicked the ball into no-man’s land in the next at-bat to put himself 90 feet away. The batter, Brett Auerbach, then struck out, but a wild pitch allowed the junior to reach at first and crossed the runner from third to make it a 4-2 affair.
The Razorbacks doubled their total with a four-run fifth and then added two more in the eighth for a 10-2 advantage, the eventual final. The Crimson Tide had opportunities to narrow the gap, reaching runners in the fifth, sixth and seventh but was unable to pull any closer.
Alabama will now take to the road for a string of four games next week, first with the annual MAX Capital City Classic against Auburn. The Crimson Tide and Tigers will meet in Montgomery on Tuesday, March 26, with a 6 p.m. CT first pitch at Riverwalk Stadium, home to the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits. The non-conference matchup will air live on SEC Network.
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