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Live Updates: Alabama Baseball at Auburn (Game 1)

The Crimson Tide sends Garrett McMillan to the mound to open a crucial weekend series against the Tigers.

Any series against Auburn is big for Alabama. However, this weekend's trip across the state could carry a bit of extra weight for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama (27-22, 10-14 in the SEC) travels to No. 20 Auburn (33-16, 13) after dropping its last four SEC series. Since handing No. 1 Tennessee its first SEC loss on April 15, the Crimson Tide is just 3-11 in league play.

Alabama’s current slump has put its postseason chances in jeopardy. The Crimson Tide heads into the weekend with a 10-14 record in conference play, a game ahead of Kentucky and Mississippi State for the final spot in the 12-team SEC Tournament.

Both Kentucky and Mississippi State face tough road series this weekend as the Wildcats travel to South Carolina while the Bulldogs head to No. 10 Texas A&M. If Alabama is able to win a game or two in Auburn, it will be in a lot more comfortable position heading into the final week of the regular season.

Today's game between Alabama and Auburn is slated for a 7:30 p.m. CT first pitch. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network.

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Final: No. 20 Auburn 3, Alabama 2

Top 9

  • William Hamiter provides a one-out single up the middle, and Alabama has the tying run on first base.
  • Zane Denton strikes out, and Alabama is down to its final out.
  • Owen Diodati pinch hits for Will Hodo. Tommy Seidl pinch runs for Hamiter.
  • Diodati pops up to end the game. Auburn wins 3-2. 

Bottom 8

Auburn goes down in order in the eighth. The Tigers lead 3-2 heading to the ninth inning. 

Top 8

  • Alabama gets a one-out single from Andrew Pinckney, but Drew Williamson grounds into an inning-ending double play. 

Bottom 7 

  • After Auburn put runners on first and second with two outs, Alabama elects to intentionally walk Sonny DiChiara to load the bases. 
  • Brock Guffey strikes out Brooks Carlson to get out of the jam. Auburn leads 3-2 heading to the eighth inning. 

Top 7

Alabama goes down in order in the seventh. 

Bottom 6

  • Auburn retakes the lead as Brooks Carlson doubles down the right-field line to score Bobby Pierce from second base. 3-2, Auburn. 
  • A diving stop by Zane Denton on a hard-hit ground ball to third might have saved a run. 
  • Brock Guffey is coming in to relieve Garret McMillan with two outs and a runner on second. McMillan's final line: 5⅔ innings pitched, five hits, three earned runs, six strikeouts, two walks.
  • Mason Land singles up the middle, but Caden Rose throws out Carleson at home. It was a great throw from Rose and a nice tag from Will Portera, who replaced an injured Dominic Tamez last inning. Auburn leads 3-2 heading to the seventh inning. 

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  • Following a one-out single from Andrew Pinckney, Drew Williamson ties the game with a two-run home run to right center. That was Williamson's eighth home run of the season. 
  • Will Portera singles to right, and Auburn is taking Mason Barnett out for John Armstrong. 
  • Alabama strands a runner at first but heads into the bottom of the sixth tied 2-2.

Bottom 5 

  • After a single and a sac bunt gave Auburn a runner on second with one out, Garrett McMillan responded by striking out Nate LaRue. 
  • Auburn strikes first as Cole Foster delivers a two-out single, scoring Brody Moore from second. 
  • The Tigers double their lead with an RBI double from Blake Rambusch. The throw to home bounced out of Dominic Tamez's glove. It's 2-0, Auburn.
  • Tamez took a shot to the head when Foster collided with him at home. He will be replaced by Will Portera behind the plate. 

Top 5 

  • Caden Rose drew a one-out walk, but Alabama strands him on first base. Auburn starter Mason Barnett has allowed two hits and three walks over five innings. He has thrown 72 pitches. 

Bottom 4

  • Auburn puts runners on first and second with one out, but Garrett McMillan gets out of the jam by getting Brooks Carlson to ground into a double play to end the inning. It's still scoreless heading into the fifth. 

Top 4

  • Following a leadoff single from Drew Williamson, Dominic Tamez grounds into a double play. Tamez was originally called safe at first, but replay showed the ball beat him to the bag. 
  • William Hamiter ends the inning with a deep fly to right.

Bottom 3 

  • Another 1-2-3 inning for Garrett McMillan. He's dealing right now. 

Top 3

  • Caden Rose leads off the inning with a walk, but Bryce Eblin grounds into a double play. Auburn second baseman Cole Foster purposely dropped a low line drive to turn the double play. 
  • Jim Jarvis draws a two-out walk, but Andrew Pinckney ends the inning with a fly out to left.

Bottom 2 

  • Auburn goes down in order. McMillan has thrown 34 pitches and has two strikeouts over two innings. 

Top 2

  • Alabama goes down in order in the top of the second.

Bottom 1 

  • Garrett McMillan gives up a two-out walk to Sonny DiChiara but gets Bobby Pierce to fly out to end the inning. It's scoreless after one inning. 

Top 1 

  • Following a flyout from Jim Jarvis, Andrew Pinckney hits a double to right center. 
  • Back-to-back strikeouts end the inning, and Alabama strands Pinckney at second.
Jim Jarvis at Ole Miss, April 8, 2022
Andrew Pinckney
Drew Williamson, McNeese State, February 19, 2021
Dominic Tamez, Alabama baseball catcher
William Hamiter at Ole Miss, 2022
Alabama's Zane Denton (44) celebrates with Owen Diodati (16) after Denton hitt a home run against Tennessee during the NCAA baseball game in Knoxville, Tenn. on Sunday, April 17, 2022
Will Hodo
Caden Rose
Alabama infielder Bryce Eblin (13) loses control of the ball as he attempts to turn a double play in the game with Georgia Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Alabama pitcher Garrett McMillan makes a pitch as Alabama baseball opened the season with a series with Xavier Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Alabama Vs Xavier Season Opener