AUBURN – Two runs scored on Tony Caldwell’s bases-loaded grounder to third in the ninth inning as Auburn rallied to beat Alabama 7-5 in the first game of a doubleheader at Plainsman Park on Saturday.
Casey McElroy congatulated by teammates after hitting a home run Saturday.
The Tigers scored four runs in the seventh to take a 5-2 lead, gave it back in the top of the eighth and got it done in the bottom of the eighth.
Dillon Ortman pitched two innings in relief of starter Jon Luke Jacobs, giving up a run on three hits, and got the win. Adam Windsor, the fourth of five Alabama pitchers, took the loss.
Going into the second game of the day, Auburn improved to 27-23 overall and 12-13 in the SEC Alabama fell to 30-21 and 12-13.
Justin Hargett started the pivotal eighth with a full-count walk. Justin Fradejas tried to sacrifice, but Hargett was thrown out at second. Brooks Beisner singled and Casey McElroy was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Fradejas scored on Caldwell’s grounder and Beisner scored when Brett Booth’s throw home skipped past the catcher.
Ortman gave up one hit in the ninth, but nothing more.
Auburn, trailing 2-1 going into the seventh, scored four runs on four hits. The Tigers could have had more, but failed to add to their lead despite having the bases loaded with nobody out.
Alabama scored three runs in the top of the eighth, two coming after Ortman failed to cover first base on a grounder to Kevin Patterson with two outs.
Jacobs had his third consecutive strong outing, giing up four runs on seven hits in seven innings. He left with a 5-2 lead.
Fradejas , Hargett and Creede Simpson each had two of Auburn’s 10 hits. Caldwell drove in three runs. Biooth had three of Alabama’s 10 hits.