It was a brutal week for Alabama baseball in Aggieland against Texas A&M. In the first two games of the series Alabama’s offense was good, but A&M’s was better. In the first game, on Thursday night, A&M had 12 runs on 15 hits while Alabama had 6 runs on 10 hits. The tide was leading 6-5 going into the bottom of the 7, but then the Aggies scored 2 runs in the 7th and 5 runs in the 8th to defeat the tide 12-6.
Game 2 of the series on Saturday was more of the same, a lot of offense. This time around though, A&M controlled the game from the start. After a 5-run 2nd inning the Aggies never looked back and cruised to a 9-6 victory. The catcher for the Tide, Sam Praytor, had a big game going 2 for 5 with 4 rbi’s and launching his first home run of the year.
Looking to avoid the series sweep Alabama’s pitching was excellent in game 2. The Tide, pitched by committee on Saturday and only gave up 2 runs over the first 9 innings. Bama’s offense struggled the whole game until the late innings when they manufactured a run in the 8th inning and the 9th to tie the game at 2. The game went to extras and after a scoreless 10th A&M scored the game winning run in the 11th inning to complete the series sweep.
It was a disappointing series for the Tide this weekend especially after the series wins last week against Kentucky and Missouri. Bama will look to bounce back this upcoming week with a game against Samford and Alcorn State and a huge showdown with Auburn over the weekend.
By: PJ Glasser