Tide sweeps Tigers in Auburn for the second time in as many visits

AUBURN – In the longest game in Alabama baseball history at 6:36, the Crimson Tide took down the fourth-ranked Auburn Tigers on the Plains to complete the weekend sweep. The Sunday victory improved the Tide to 18-29 overall and 5-19 in Southeastern Conference play.

The victory marks the third time Alabama has swept the Tigers in Auburn in consecutive weekend series and the first time in program history the Tide has completed back-to-back three-game series sweeps of AU in Auburn. Alabama has also won seven straight games at Auburn to tie for the longest winning streak over the Tigers in Auburn, which also came from May 6, 1955-April 21, 1958.

The two teams went into the 14th inning tied up, but Sam Finnerty’s one-out single through the left side put the Tide ahead by one and then Connor Short delivered a sacrifice fly to left to bring home an insurance run and put Alabama ahead by two. Auburn reached the tying run in the bottom of the inning, but a liner to center ended any threat with two stranded and helped UA complete the sweep.

Alabama used eight total pitchers and 20 players saw time at the plate, including three who did both – Finnerty, Zac Rogers and Sonny Potter. The Crimson Tide’s seventh pitcher, Potter (1-1) got his first career win with 0.1 of an inning worked. Garrett Suchey followed him with 1.0 inning of scoreless baseball for his third save of the season.

The Tide offense was led by Chandler Taylor, who finished 4-for-6 with two doubles, a home run, one RBI, a team-high three runs scored and two walks. Also homering was Hunter Alexander as part of his 2-for-6 night that included a team-high tying two RBI, two runs scored and a pair of walks.

Next, the Crimson Tide takes on the Samford Bulldogs at Joe Lee Griffin Stadiun in Birmingham at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The  Bulldogs claimed a 10-3 win over Alabama on March 15 at Sewell-Thomas Stadiun.