For the 3rd year in a row and 8th of 9 tries, the Tigers were victorious tonight in Alabama's capital city against the rival Tide.
This was a hard-fought game by both sides. Alabama went to the bullpen multiple times and even pulled out their Friday night starter for some reason in the 9th inning to keep the Tigers from adding insurance runs. The Tigers kept to their usual mid-week crew and bullpen pitchers for the game that doesn't mean anything other than bragging rights. It doesn't count for the SEC standings.
Auburn's bats were still showing the slump from the UGA series in this one as they only picked up 4 hits on the night. The first run came on an Alabama throwing error. Daniel Robert followed with a single to drive home 2 runs to make the score 3-0 early. Alabama fought back, though, and tied the game 3-3 in the Bottom of the 5th. It was Daniel Robert's run following a walk and some interesting base running (helped by a lack of Alabama defense) that gave the Tigers their winning score of 4-3, though.
Auburn's defense came up strong in this one when it needed to, as it has often this year. The Tigers lead the SEC in double plays and they added more, tonight. Some spectacular plays helped end Alabama rallies and secure the victory.
On the mound for the Tigers, four pitchers saw action. Freshman Christian Camacho started the night. He was followed by junior Corey Herndon, freshman Ryan Watson, and then Mid-Week Mitch (junior Andrew Mitchell) closed it out.
As noted before, this game doesn't really mean anything other than bragging rights. It's always fun to beat Alabama in anything, though. The Tigers now turn their attention to the upcoming series against South Carolina at home.
War Eagle! Beat Bama!