Auburn, Ala.--Entering the game with just two conference wins on the season, Alabama got a pair of home runs from Chandler Taylor and took advantage of a pair of Auburn errors in a 4-3 victory in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader at Plainsman Park. With the loss Auburn falls to 32-15 on the season and 14-8 in SEC play while Alabama broke a 13-game conference losing streak with the victory to improve to 16-29 on the year and 3-19 in league action.
Pitching eight innings, Auburn starter Keegan Thompson allowed two earned runs on eight hits to take his third loss of the season with Taylor's two big swings the difference in the game. The first came as part of a two-run second inning to give Alabama the early lead. The second was the most costly. Trailing 3-1, Thompson got the first two outs of the seventh inning before facing Taylor with nobody on. On the first pitch the Montgomery native hit his second bomb of the game to make it a three-run lead.
It proved to be huge as Auburn finally got some offense going in the bottom of the seventh to make things interesting. With @Blake Logan on second following a leadoff single and a wild pitch, Josh Anthony doubled off the left field wall for the second run of the game for the Tigers. Later in the inning a Conor Davis single scored Anthony to cut the lead to just one.
Managing just eight hits on the day, Auburn hit into three double plays that allowed Alabama off the hook time and time again. The biggest of those came in the bottom of the ninth and the Tigers down 4-3. Leading off the inning, senior Blake Logan reached on an error only to see Bo Decker hit into a double play for the second time in the game after failing to get a bunt down.
It proved to be costly as Auburn center fielder Jonah Todd reached on an error as well to bring Joshua Anthony to the plate. Instead of having runners on the corners with one out Anthony instead was called on to get a two-out hit. Facing Alabama reliever Davis Vanier, Anthony struck out to end the game and give Alabama the all-important first win of the series.