by: Alex Chasen
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Crimson Tide drop game two of this weekend’s road series in Baum–Walker Stadium verse the (#6) Arkansas Razorbacks, losing 9-6.
The Tide came into game two of this three-game weekend series against Arkansas looking to build upon their dominating 12-1 win in game one.
Out of the gate, Alabama’s bats were still ablaze following Friday nights 22 hit (team season-high) performance, jumping out to a 1-0 lead off of a Jim Jarvis home run in the top of the second.
Both teams added three runs on the scoreboard in the fourth inning, starting off with an RBI single from Alabama catcher Dominic Tamez. Then followed by a wild pitch by Razorback starting pitcher Will McEntire, allowing Jarvis to come home from third, continued by a Will Hamiter RBI double.
Unlike game one, Arkansas’s bats caught on fire in the fourth inning when sophomore Kendell Diggs hit a three-run homer to bring the Razorbacks into the game.
After Arkansas tied the game 4-4 in the sixth inning, the lead went back and forth with both teams making some noise at the plate.
The Tide’s Andrew Pinckney hit a solo shot to give Alabama the lead in the top of the eighth inning but a three-run bottom of the eighth put the winning runs on the board for Arkansas.
After a slow start to this series, the Arkansas bats came alive in game two to tie up this weekend series at one game apiece and improve their record to (22-5, 5-3 SEC) while Alabama falls to (21-7, 3-5 SEC).
The Crimson Tide are back in action Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. CT as they look to win the weekend series against Arkansas. Following this away series Alabama heads back home to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to face off against (19-8, 3-4 Sun Belt Conference) Troy University Tuesday evening followed by a Thursday to Saturday series verse SEC rival the (16-12, 1-7 SEC) Mississippi State Bulldogs.