ATHENS, Ga. – Alabama baseball suffered a 9-1 loss to sixth-ranked Georgia on Saturday in the Crimson Tide’s regular-season finale. The Tide wraps up the season 30-26 overall and 7-23 in the Southeastern Conference .
“I was proud of the way we came out; we came out aggressive and scored one in the first an almost had a second run,” said Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon. “(Emerson) Hancock is a really, really talented pitcher, and he settled in, started stroking his secondary pitches in there and made it tough on us.”
Alabama got on the board with a single tally in the top of the first to start the day’s scoring. A leadoff single from junior Brett Auerbach gave the Tide a baserunner. Auerbach stole second to put himself in scoring position and advanced to third on an infield groundout. With two down, freshman T.J. Reeves delivered an RBI-single to short to put Alabama in front, 1-0.
The Bulldogs would do all the scoring from then on. Georgia posted a pair of runs in the third and fourth innings to go with one in the fifth before adding another two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings for the 9-1 win.
Georgia starter Hancock (8-2) earned the win with seven innings of one-run baseball, highlighted by 10 strikeouts. Senior Sam Finnerty (6-8) suffered the loss in his final start for the Crimson Tide.