Alabama got its annual baseball loss to Auburn in the Capital City Classic out of the way Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide has been strikingly ineffective in this game, which does not count in Southeastern Conference standings. Auburn took a 10-1 win in this year’s contest at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery.
The good news for Alabama is that while the Tide suffers its common midweek collapse in the Capital City Classic, now 1-7, Bama Coach Mitch Gaspard has gone 15-5 in the subsequent games against Auburn which do count in the SEC. The Tide and Tigers will square off in those games in Tuscaloosa May 6-8.
Meanwhile, Alabama gets back into SEC play this weekend at Georgia. The Tide is now 15-9 overall and 4-2 in conference competition. Auburn improved to 12-13.
Next up is a trio of games with Georgia from Thursday through Saturday. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs will play at 7 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. central time) on Thursday and Friday and noon EDT (11 a.m. central) on Saturday with all games on the SEC Network.
Following Tuesday’s loss, Gaspard said, “Part of tonight’s loss can be attributed to when your opponent does a really good job. They slapped us around early, and we could never get our footing. When we went to the bullpen, it seemed like they greeted every guy with a hard-hit ball. Offensively, when we did get a few guys out there in the first three innings we couldn’t produce a big hit. We had our spots there early to do it, but we couldn’t deliver.”
The Tide had run-scoring opportunities in each of the first three innings, but managed only a single run. Meanwhile, Auburn built a 7-1 lead, starting with a 4-0 advantage after one inning. The Tigers hit for the cycle in the first inning, the big blow a three-run homer by Blake Logan.
Alabama came back with one run in the top of the second to narrow the gap to 4-1. With the bases loaded, Hunter Webb was hit by a pitch to bring in Cobie Vance, who had two of Bama’s eight hits. Auburn answered with a run in the bottom of inning and then added two more in the third to take the 7-1 lead and then added single runs in fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.