Alabama was in College Station this weekend for a three-game series against third-ranked Texas A&M, and the Aggies had scored 10 or more runs in each of their previous seven games coming into the Bama matchup. The Crimson Tide held the Aggies to only 10 runs in three games (Alabama scored 11), but the Tide lost its second one-run defeat Sunday and A&M took the series.
For the second game in three tries, Alabama fell to Texas A&M on a walkoff single, 2-1, on Sunday. The Aggies had won the Friday opener by 4-3 in 10 innings, while Alabama was a 7-4 winner in the Saturday contest.
“The guys played their tails off all three games, and put themselves in position to win all three games,” said Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard. “Today, you have to tip your hat to (Bama starting pitcher) Nick Eicholtz. He battled. He’s been battling stomach issues, was throwing up before the game, and he comes out and gives us a terrific outing. All of our bullpen pieces did a great job on the mound, too.”
Alabama fell to 24-17 on the season and is 9-9 in Southeastern Conference games. The Aggies are now 32-8 overall and 12-6 in league games.
Next up for the Crimson Tide is another road trip, this one to Birmingham to take on the Samford Bulldogs. The two teams will meet on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CDT for the in-state matchup. Alabama will then return home for a three-game series against seventh-ranked Mississippi State from Thursday through Saturday.
Nick Eicholtz spun another gem of a start for the Crimson Tide, working seven innings of one-run baseball, allowing six hits and not issuing a walk while striking out a season-high five batters. The junior wrapped up his day recording the final nine outs in order to limit the high-powered Aggies offense.
Eicholtz was followed by Brock Love, Jon Keller, Matt Foster, and Thomas Burrows, with the foursome limiting the Aggies to only one hit – the game winner in the ninth.
Texas A&M took a 1-0 lead in the third on a single and double.
Alabama evened things up in the top of the sixth. A pair of walks started the inning. Cody Henry continued his hot hitting, sending a single to center to move one across and make it 1-1.
The Aggies drew a leadoff walk in the ninth before a sacrifice bunt moved the runner into scoring position and a single to center ended the game.