Auburn struck first in the game, scoring one in the bottom of the first. The two teams would go scoreless until Alabama plated two in the seventh, and then the Tigers countering with one of their own following the stretch. A scoreless eighth led to the top of nine, where with one out the eight- and nine-hole hitters in Vincent and Haynie each went deep to give Alabama the lead and then some insurance.
Not to be overlooked was another strong start from senior Taylor Guilbeau. The left-hander tossed 6.2 innings of work, allowing just two earned runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out eight Tigers. The bullpen arms of Ray Castillo and Thomas Burrows tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless work and recorded four strikeouts on the way to Burrows’ first win of the season.
Alabama and Auburn will square off for game two tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. CT with the game airing on the SECN+. The Crimson Tide will call on freshman right-hander Jake Walters while the Tigers will send senior righty Rocky McCord to the hill.