COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Alabama baseball team battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the eighth inning to force extra innings, but Texas A&M got a walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th to take the 3-2 win on Saturday.
Alabama lost Thursday to the Aggies 12-6, and lost 9-6 on Friday.
Alabama (21-16, 5-10 SEC) entered the eighth down 2-0, but a solo home run from junior Chandler Taylor cut the deficit in half. In the ninth, junior Matt Malkin singled through the right side with two outs to keep things alive. Pinch-hitter Chandler Avant then delivered with an RBI-double to center to even the score at 2-2.
In the 11th, the Aggies reached the leadoff man on an error before a stolen base and an eventual single crossed the winning run.
Aggie reliever Nolan Hoffman (4-1) got the win while Crimson Tide sophomore Deacon Medders (0-2) suffered the tough loss. Medders contributed a season-long 41/3 innings and allowed only the one unearned run.
Cobie Vance led Alabama had two hits, including a double to extend his hitting streak to six games. Taylor finished 1-for-3 with the solo home run and a team-high tying two walks.
The Crimson Tide will have two days to prepare for a pair of midweek contests. Alabama will host the Samford Bulldogs on Tuesday before welcoming the Alcorn State Braves to Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Wednesday night. Both games are set for a 6 p.m.