Wolfe Shines, But Auburn Beats Tide
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
The game did not count in Southeastern Conference standings.
Alabama opens SEC play on Friday night with game one of a three game road series against the Ole Miss Rebels. First pitch for the Friday match-up is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Game two on Saturday begins at 2 p.m. and will be televised on Comcast SportSouth (CSS) and game three gets underway at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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