TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It's the regular-season finale for both Alabama baseball and No. 5 Arkansas, with both teams needing a win on Saturday afternoon for different reasons.
For Alabama, a win would solidify its place as a 11-seed in next week's SEC Tournament as well as give it its first SEC series win since its sweep of then-No. 7 Ole Miss back in early April.
For Arkansas, it is looking to cement its status as the 2-seed in the SEC Tournament in stone. While the Tennessee Volunteers have already clinched the top overall seed, the Razorbacks are tied with Texas A&M with an 18-11 record. Arkansas wins the tiebreaker between the two teams, but a loss for Arkansas and a win for Texas A&M would swap them in the standings.
First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT, with the game being broadcast on SEC Network+.
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Final Score: Alabama 18, Arkansas 5
- Lanzilli grounded out to short. Ball Game.
- Bohrofen pinch hit for Moore, then struck out looking. Two out.
- Webb lined out to left field. One out.
- Landon Green replaces Furtado on the mound. Foggo to first base.
- Alabama leaves three runners on base, and we head to the top of the ninth.
- Foggo pinch hit for Williamson.
- Gabriel Starks takes over for Morris on the mound.
- Different inning, same story: Arkansas gets a man on base, but can't get him across the plate.
- Hunter Furtado in to replace Jean on the mound for Alabama.
- Alabama is unable to capitalize on a runner in scoring position. Inning over.
- Zack Morris replaces Pleimann on the mound.
- Nothing doing for Arkansas in the seventh.
- Portera replaces Tamez at catcher.
- Portera pinch hit for Tamez.
- Webb hit a two-run home run to left field. 18-5 Alabama.
- With the bases loaded, Eblin smashed a grand slam to left field. Four runs score. 18-3 Alabama.
- Denton flied out, Williamson tagged home. 14-3 Alabama. One out, runners on first and second.
- Miller Pleimann replaced Trest on the mound for Arkansas.
- Alabama has once again loaded the bases with no outs.
- Jean retires the side 1-2-3.
- Antoine Jean replaces Hitt on the mound for Alabama.
- Elijah Trest replaces Taylor on the mound for Arkansas.
- Hamiter singled through the left side, Eblin advanced to second, Jarvis and Denton scored. 13-3 Alabama.
- Jarvis reached on an error by the first basemen, all runners advance, Tamez scored. 11-3 Alabama.
- Denton hit by pitch, and with the bases loaded, Williamson is forced across the plate. Bases still loaded, nobody out. 10-3 Alabama.
- Evan Taylor replaced Smith on the mound.
- Tamez reached on a fielder's choice to third base. Williamson advanced to second, Pinckney scored. 9-3 Alabama.
- Hamiter hit a leadoff home run to right field. 8-3 Alabama.
- Wallace hit a one-out solo home run to left field. 7-3 Alabama.
- Eblin struck out swinging, reached first on a wild pitch. All three runners advanced, Diodati scored. 7-2 Alabama. Bases loaded, one out.
- For the second inning in a row, Arkansas leaves two runners on base.
- Hagen Smith replaced Ramage on the mound.
- Pinckney doubled to left, Rose scored. 6-2 Alabama.
- Rose advanced to third, Eblin scored on a wild pitch. 5-2 Alabama.
- Hamiter grounded out to first, all three runners advanced a base, Jarvis scored. 4-2 Alabama. Two out.
- Jaxon Wiggins is replaced on the mound by Kole Ramage for the Razorbacks.
- Eblin reached on a fielder's choice to the pitcher (SAC bunt), Jarvis to third, Diodati scored. 3-2 Alabama.
- Diodati advanced to third on a wild pitch, Tamez score. 2-2 tie.
- Diodati singled to right center, Tamez advanced to third, Williamson scored 2-1 Arkansas. Runners at the corners with nobody out for Denton.
- Arkansas gets two men on base, but Hitt gets out of the inning unscathed. Score remains 2-0 Arkansas.
- Pinckney flied out to center. Inning over.
- Hamiter struck out swinging. Two down.
- Rose grounded out to short. One out.
- Leach popped out to short. Three out.
- Turner grounded out to second. Battles advanced to second, Lanzilli to third. Two out.
- Battles singled through the left side, Lanzilli advanced to second, Moore scored. 2-0 Arkansas.
- Lanzilli singled up the middle. Moore advanced to third, Webb scored. 1-0 Arkansas.
- Moore drew a four-pitch walk, Webb advanced to second.
- Webb singled to third base.
- Wallace grounded out to short. One out.
- Hitt's first pitch is a strike, and we are underway.
- First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT, with the game being broadcast on SEC Network+.
- Today's weather conditions: 92 degrees Fahrenheit, cloudy, 15% chance of rain, winds 9 m.p.h. due north
- Today's umpires:
- HP: Clint Fagan
- 1B: Alex Ransom
- 2B: Tyler Simpson
- 3B: Derek Mollica
- Alabama starting lineup posted below.
- Arkansas starting lineup:
Alabama Starting Lineup
1. Caden Rose (CF)
2. William Hamiter (LF)
3. Andrew Pinckney (RF)
4. Drew Williamson (1B)
5. Dominic Tamez (C)
6. Owen Diodati (DH)
7. Zane Denton (3B)
8. Jim Jarvis (SS)
9. Bryce Eblin (2B)
Starting Pitcher: Grayson Hitt (LHP)