There have been many games this year when scoring six runs would have made a losing Alabama baseball team a winner. Against seventh-ranked Florida, though, it takes a combination of offense, pitching, and defense, and the Crimson Tide’s six runs at Sewell-Thomas Stadium Saturday weren’t near enough.
Alabama fell, 13-6, to Florida as Bama reverted to its season-long inability to win in its Southeastern Conference series. A week after its lone success, a three-game sweep of Auburn in Auburn, Saturday’s loss marked the eighth time in nine SEC series Bama has been unable to win.
Alabama fell to 19-31 overall and 5-21 in SEC games. The Gators improved to 37-14, including an 18-8 league record.
On Sunday, Bama will attempt to avoid being swept for the sixth time in conference series as the teams meet at Sewell-Thomas at 3 p.m. CDT. The SEC Network will televise the game.
Alabama will pitch senior right-hander Nick Eicholtz, while Florida’s starter will be sophomore right-hander Jackson Kowar.
Sunday will be the Crimson Tide’s final home game of the season and will be “Senior Day” honoring the team’s four seniors: Tanner DeVinny, Eicholtz, Mike Oczypok, and Taylor Poe.
On Saturday, Florida struck for one in the first before the Tide answered with three in the bottom of the inning. The Gators came back for a four-spot in the third and one in the fifth before Alabama plated a pair in the sixth. UA had runners on second and third with no outs in that sixth but was unable to capitalize on the opportunity. Florida would go on to score four in the seventh and three in the eighth to put the game out of reach. Alabama added one in the seventh but would come no closer for the 13-6 final.
Chandler Taylor and Alex Webb highlighted the Alabama offense, with each finishing 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of RBI. Taylor added two runs scored and a walk to his final line.
Every Florida starting position player had at least one hit. Leadoff man Ryan Larson was 2-5 (both doubles) with four runs batted in.
Starter Dylan Duarte (2-6) went only three innings for Bama and took the loss. Florida starter Brady Singer (6-3) was the winning pitcher.