Here is how frustrating baseball can be. In a tie game in Oxford Saturday evening, Alabama had the bases loaded with one out in the seventh inning. The Crimson Tide could not get the go-ahead run home.
In the bottom of the ninth, game still tied, Tate Blackmon clubbed his second home run of the season off Bama reliever Garrett Suchey (1-4), a solo shot that gave the Ole Miss Rebels a 5-4 win over Alabama.
The Rebels have already won the three-game series, which will conclude at 3 p.m. Sunday at Swayze Field in Oxford. The Crimson Tide has not determined a starter while the Rebels will look to freshman left-hander Ryan Rolison. The game will be televised on SEC Network.
Alabama fell to 13-18 overall and 2-9 in Southeastern Conference games.
Alabama scored one run each in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings, but Ole Miss scored one in the fourth and three in the sixth to even things up at 4-4. The two teams would remain scoreless until the bottom of the ninth when a the walkoff home run from Blackman ended the game.
Alabama had two home runs in the game, both solo jobs. Chandler Taylor had a two-out blast for his team-leading eighth in the second inning and Connor Short gave the Tide a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning with his third homer of the year. In between Bama got a run in the third on a bases-loaded single from Cody Henry.
The Rebels scored their first run in the fourth as a walk, a single, and a passed ball moved a runner to third. He scored on a fielder’s choice.
Alabama moved back to a three-run lead at 4-1 in the top of the sixth inning. Taylor led it off with a double and he moved to third on a wild pitch. Short was at bat and Bama called for a suicide sqeeze play. Short got the bunt down, and Taylor scored easily.
A single and a pair of sacrifice flies would tie the game up for Ole Miss in the home half of the sixth. A hit-by-pitch and a double put a pair of runners on before a single to center by the Rebels scored one run and ended Alabama starter Nick Eicholtz’ day. The Tide pitching change came with no outs and two on before a walk loaded the bases for Ole Miss. Back-to-back sacrifice flies in the next two at-bats recorded the first two outs of the inning, but evened things up at 4-4.