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Baseball Baseball Comes Up Short vs. Auburn in Montgomery, 5-2


Auburn, Alabama set for Capital City Classic
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As Auburn and Alabama prepare for the 10th annual Max Capital City Classic at the Montgomery Biscuit's Riverwalk Stadium, the two teams need wins to break some recent skids. Over the last 14 games the two teams have gone a combined 4-10 since diving into SEC play so maybe a rivalry matchup is the shot in the arm the two teams need to get back on track.


Projected Starters

• Auburn, Fr. LHP Jack Owen (0-1, 6.10) vs. Alabama, Jr. RHP Mason Duke (2-0, 0.00)


What to know about the Tigers

• Auburn recorded its 20th win in just its 24th game of the season, marking the fewest games needed to get to 20 wins since doing so in 22 games in 1999.

• Last weekend’s series at Kentucky marked Auburn’s second straight against a top-10 opponent. Four of the Tigers’ five road trips in conference play come against current top-10 teams.

• Jack Owen makes his second straight midweek start for the Tigers. Outside of his fourth inning at Georgia Tech last week, Owen had allowed two runs in his first 10.0 innings pitched.

• Will Holland is 8-of-22 (.364) with seven RBI during his current six-game hitting streak. Holland has recorded an RBI in four straight games and seven of the last nine games.

• Luke Jarvis has recorded a hit in seven of the last eight games and has gone 11-of-29 (.379) over that stretch. Jarvis also recorded a hit in 16 of the last 19 games.

• Auburn is 8-0 when scoring in the first inning this season, 14-0 when scoring five or more runs and 15-0 when out-hitting an opponent.

• Auburn has totaled 195 runs through 25 games, marking the most runs to this point in a season since 2010. The Tigers rank fourth in the SEC and 11th in the country in runs. The team’s 7.8 runs per game are also good for fourth in the league and 13th in the NCAA.


What to know about the Crimson Tide

• Alabama enters the week with a 16-9 overall record and a 1-5 mark in conference play. The Crimson Tide lost two of three games against Georgia to open conference play before getting swept at Tennessee last weekend.

• Offensively, Alabama is hitting .292 as a team and is led by Chandler Avant, who has turned in a .365 average this season. Avant also leads the team with 27 RBI, while Chandler Taylor has been the top power guy with nine home runs, which ranks tied for fifth in the conference.

• On the mound, starting pitcher Mason Duke will make his third start and eighth appearance of the season. Duke hasn’t allowed an earned run in 15.2 innings of work. He has struck out 18 and walked three.

Series History vs. Alabama

• Auburn has won eight of the nine Capital City Classic matchups in Montgomery, including three straight. However, Alabama holds a 161-128 advantage in the in-state rivalry that dates back to 1896.

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Auburn, Alabama set for Capital City Classic
The Tigers put up four runs in the second to put the game out of reach

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The 10th installment of the MAX Capital City Classic saw Alabama baseball fall, 5-2, to Auburn on Tuesday evening in Montgomery. After tonight's game, the annual non-conference series favors the Tigers, 9-1. The Crimson Tide is now 16-10 overall on the season.

"Auburn beat us in every facet of the game tonight," said Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon. "They had better at-bats. They pitched better. Obviously, their defense played a huge role as well with (Jay) Estes making some great plays in center to keep us from starting a rally. We've had a real problem getting down big early, and that hurt us again tonight."

Auburn put up a four-spot in the second to put the game out of reach. All four runs came off Alabama starter Mason Duke (2-1), who suffered the loss after the junior worked 1.2 innings. The Crimson Tide battled for one in the sixth but was matched by the Tigers' one tally in the seventh. Alabama scored one in more in the top of the eighth and had the tying run at the plate but was unable to come away with the win.

The Tigers used two homers to plate four run in the bottom of the second to take an early 4-0 lead. A one-out double and a single put two on before the first Auburn home run, a three-RBI shot. One out later, AU tallied a solo home run to increase its lead to four after two innings of play.

Alabama got on the board in the sixth. Junior Chandler Taylor walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. In that same at-bat, senior Chandler Avant singled up the middle to score Taylor, setting the score at 4-1. The Tigers would get the run right back in the next inning, using a solo home run to widen the lead to four again at a 5-1 tally.

The Crimson Tide battled for one more run in the eighth. With two down, a walk to sophomore Walker McCleney gave Alabama a baserunner. A pair of singles, first from senior Cody Henry followed by one from sophomore John Trousdale, scored Alabama's second run to make it a 5-2 game, the eventual final.

Alabama will return home to Sewell-Thomas Stadium this weekend for a three-game series with the No. 7 Kentucky Wildcats. Friday's opener is set for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch and will be followed by a 2 p.m. start on Saturday and a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday. All three games will air live on SEC Network+.

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