TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Texas A&M snapped Alabama’s win streak Friday night with a strong
defense performance. Aggies’ starting pitcher Nathan Dettmer recorded 102 pitches and only
allowed five hits in six innings.
Friday night’s game started out with a pitching duel between Alabama’s starting pitcher
Garrett McMillan and Aggie’s starting pitcher Nathan Dettmer. McMillan and the Tide defense
started the off by putting away the first three Aggie batters, two being strikeouts. While the
Tide’s offense got a hit from Tommy Seidl. Seidl’s hit was not enough for the Tide. Dettmer
ended the first inning with a strikeout.
The Tide was the first to score a run in the bottom of the second. After Diodati’s single,
Pinckney hit a double to left field, which drove home Diodati.
Although the Tide scored first, the Aggies would soon follow up with a run of their own.
In the top of the fourth inning, Brett Minnich hit a double to left center field. This brought in
Dylan Rock, who was walked by McMillan earlier in the fourth, and tied the game at one apiece.
The Aggies’ offense did not stop there. In the top of the sixth, Aggies’ first baseman hit a
single up the middle. Later in the sixth, Minnich blasts a home run down the right field line and
falls fair into the student section. This gave the Aggies the lead, 3-1.
After McMillan walked Logan Britt, Aggies’ pinch hitter Jordan Thompson hit a double
down the left field line. This caused Alabama to replace Garrett McMillian, calling Jake Leger to
the mound. McMillan pitched six innings with 102 pitches, 62 of those pitches were strikes. He
faced 25 batters, striking out nine of those 27.
The Tide rallied behind Hunter Hoopes, who replaced Jake Leger in the top of the
seventh. Hunter ends the inning with a 91-mph fastball.
Williamson got walked in the bottom of the seventh, giving Alabama their first base
runner since the fifth inning. This causes A&M to bring in Palisch to replace Dettmer.
The Alabama offense did load the bases in the bottom of the seventh after Caden Rose hit
a single past the pitcher. The Tide only scored one run as Jim Jarvis is walked.
Brock Guffey came in to replace Hoopes in the top of the ninth and finished the game for
the Tide on defense
Alabama’s offense was not able to get anything going in the bottom of the ninth as Seidl
struck out to give the Aggies the final out to win the game.
“We played pretty good tonight, just wasn’t enough to win,” Alabama’s head coach Brad
Bohannon said. “G-Mac has been awesome. He gives us a chance to win every time.”
“We just didn’t do enough offensively.”
The Crimson Tide falls to 15-12, with an overall conference play record of 2-5. The
Texas A&M Aggies improve to 16-9 and 4-3 in conference play. Alabama’s next game will be
against the Aggies for game two in the series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The game will start at
4 p.m. CT.