35-14, 11-7 SEC
34-15, 10-8 SEC
35-14, 11-7 SEC
34-15, 10-8 SEC
U: Maddie Penta (21-5)
L: Fouts, Montana (18-8)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In a three-pitcher duel that decided the series over the weekend, Alabama brought a potential go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t complete the comeback as Auburn won the game 3-1 to take the weekend series.
After two scoreless innings, Alabama (34-15, 10-8 SEC) fell behind on a two-run solo home run by Auburn (35-14, 11-7 SEC) in the top of the third. The Crimson Tide started the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back singles and tied the game two batters later with an RBI groundout. Alabama stranded a runner on third in the fifth inning, and with two outs and a runner on second in the top of the sixth, Bry Ellis laced a single into shallow center to give the Tigers the go-ahead run. An RBI double drove in another run for Auburn to make it 3-1 in the middle of the sixth.
Jenna Johnson and Kenley Cahalan started the home half of the sixth with back-to-back singles, but the Tide couldn’t get any of them back as it trailed 3-1 heading into the seventh. Looking to add some insurance, the Tigers had two on with two outs in the seventh, but a strikeout ended the half-inning threat. In the bottom of the seventh trailing by two, a walk to Lauren Esman and a pinch-hitter single Callie Heavilin put two on with two outs for the top of the Alabama batting order, but a walkout ended the rally as Auburn went on to win 3-1 and take the weekend series.
Johnson and Cahalan each had two-hit performances in the top of the order, their eighth and tenth multi-hit games of the season, respectively. Montana Fouts (18-8) recorded 11 strikeouts in the loss, her 11th game this season with double-digit strikeouts and the 53rd of her career. She also passed Stephanie Van Brackle (2003-06) for second all-time at Alabama with 1,120 career hits, trailing only program record holder Kelsey Dunn (2008-11) with 1,219.
“First, I just want to thank all the fans for coming. It was a great atmosphere all weekend, to have 4,000 people at all three games is great. The weather on Friday night was obviously terrible and to have 4,000 people was right here again the next day and today is just great support from the fans. We all saw two really good pitchers struggle today and unfortunately, [Auburn] got the key hits today when they needed them and we didn’t.”
- Alabama is now 52-24 all-time against Auburn, including 27-10 in Tuscaloosa
- The multiple hit games from Kenley Cahalan and Jenna Johnson were 10th and eighth of the season, respectively
- With 11 strikeouts today, Montana Faust now has 11 games with double-digit strikeouts this season and 53 for his career
- Fouts also improved her career total to 1,120, surpassing Stephanie Van Brackle’s (2003-06) career total of 1,113 and now trailing only program record holder Kelsey Dunn (2008-11) 1,219
- T3 | Carly McCondicci puts Auburn on the board with a solo home run (0-1, 2 out)
- B4 | RBI groundout drove in the tying run for Alabama (1-1, 1 out)
- T6 | Tigers regained lead with two-out RBI single to center (1-2, 2 out)
- T6 | Denver Bryant RBI double made it a two-run game (1-3, 2 out)
Next: vs. LSU (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
- Friday, April 28 – 6:00 PM CT
- Saturday, April 29 – 1:00 PM CT – ESPN2
- Sunday, April 30 – 11:30 a.m. CT – ESPN
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