COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Alabama baseball team split a doubleheader with the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, dropping the first game, 1-0, before bouncing back for a 5-1 victory in game two.
With a Friday victory already in hand, the Crimson Tide earned the series win. After the doubleheader, the Crimson Tide is 20-13 overall and 5-7 in Southeastern Conference play.
“Overall, I’m excited to have won consecutive SEC series against ranked teams,” said Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon. “Now, we have to carry that momentum into our midweek game on Tuesday.”
Game one was for the pitchers, as both team’s starters went deep into the game to keep the opponent off the scoreboard. In the eighth, a Tide miscue allowed Missouri to score the winning run for 1-0 victory.
Alabama came out on top in the second game, 5-1. The Tide put up three runs in the third before Mizzou answered with one run of its own in the bottom of the sixth. Alabama added two more in the top of the ninth to put the game completely out of reach and get the series win on Saturday.
The victory in game two was the Crimson Tide’s 20th of the season, surpassing last year’s win total (19). The win for the Tide was also its fifth in Southeastern Conference play, matching last season’s final win tally across the 30-game league schedule.
Next up for Alabama is a midweek contest with UAB on Tuesday evening at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide and Blazers are set for a 6 p.m. first pitch to complete the home-and-home series between the two in-state foes.