HOOVER, Ala. – The Iron Bowl of Baseball was renewed at the Met for the first time since 2013 and Alabama bounced back in a big way to win 7-3 – likely locking up a national seed for the first time since 2006.
Tommy Seidl carried the momentum from last night with the bat into today, starting the game with a loud solo home run to left.
“It helps to have somebody with that kind of pop in your lineup everyday and he’s like the captain of the team; he’s a great leader,” said Drew Williamson.
Seidl finished the game 3-3 with two RBIs and got taken out of the game in the fourth inning after an RBI single.
“We don’t think it’s too serious. He was having some soreness. It’s more of a lower body deal and wanted to take him out as a precaution,” said Alabama interim head coach Jason Jackson.
Garrett McMillan got the ball for the Tide and continued to be successful pounding the strike zone. He went 6.0 innings with 8Ks allowing just three runs. McMillan is up to 4-2 on the season and has won his past three starts.
“It definitely took a little bit to get my feet under me, but ever since then I’ve been feeling good and just attacking the strike zone and trusting the defense behind me,” McMillan said when asked about coming back from his injury in April.
Caden Rose had himself a day at the park after struggling the first two days, going 3-4 with one RBI in the fourth. Andrew Pinckney continued his hot streak at the plate with another RBI single.
The Tigers continued to prowl back in the sixth and chip away with a solo home run from Bryson Ware and a wild pitch to cut the deficit to two.
The Tide always had an answer with the bats today in the sixth with RBIs from Pinckney on a sacrifice fly and Drew Williamson on a single.
The bullpen for the Tide closed it out and things got a little nerve racking for the fans after last night’s game, but shut down the Tigers and clinched a spot in the Quarterfinals.
Riley Quick got his first appearance in over three weeks and went 1.1 with three Ks. Hagan Banks and Hunter Hoopes also appeared and combined for four Ks.
“You just trust the process and you grow in the game and develop and to see the results has been nice,” said Williamson.
With the win, Alabama improved to 40-18 and reached 40 wins for the first time since 2010. They finish the season 4-1 against Auburn. The Tide will face the loser of Vanderbilt and Florida and the first pitch will be at approximately 6:30 p.m CST.