Alabama defeats LSU, Auburn loses to Ole Miss
By Josh Cooper
TUSCALOOSA — It was the perfect situation for the Alabama baseball team. Seven innings from a starter, a solid bullpen performance and a 5-2 win over LSU.
The win broke a three-game losing streak and set the Crimson Tide (18-11, 4-4 SEC) up for a potential series victory Sunday. LSU (16-12-1, 2-5-1) took the first game of the three-game series Friday.
Alabama pitcher Bernard Robert wasn’t dominant, allowing two runs on nine hits in seven innings, but pitched well enough and long enough to give the bullpen a bit of rest heading into Sunday’s rubber game. Overall, Robert threw 127 pitches.
Tommy Hunter pitched the last two innings, recording three strikeouts to pick up his third save of the season.
The previous night, Hunter gave up a game-winning home run to Michael Hollander in the ninth.
“It was like a make-up day,” Hunter said. “But in the meantime, you can’t have make-up days. Hopefully, this win tonight will roll over to the next game and we keep winning.”
With the score tied at two in the sixth, Alabama went ahead on a bloop single to left field by third baseman Jake Smith, which scored two runs.
Smith went 1–for-3 with two RBIs, and center fielder Emeel Salem went 2-for-3 with two singles and two RBIs.
Auburn falls again
AUBURN (AP) — Junior outfielder Fuller Smith went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored as Mississippi defeated Auburn 7-4 on Saturday.
Lance Lynn (3-2) picked up the win as he worked 6 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts and only two walks.
Evan Crawford (3-3) took the loss for Auburn (19-11, 0-8) as he allowed three runs on four hits with three walks and no strikeouts.
Ben Jones, a former Decatur High standout, went 2-for-3 for Auburn, and also stole two bases.
Luke Greinke went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and scored Auburn’s second run of the game.
The pitching staff for Ole Miss (21-8, 5-3) combined for 14 strikeouts while the Rebel batters came up with 13 hits in the win.
Auburn has now lost eight straight SECgames, and 18 consecutive league games dating back to April 2006.
The last Auburn SEC win came on April 29 when the Tigers took a 7-6 win over No. 6 Alabama.
Third baseman Phillip Stringer provided the lone bright spot for Auburn, going 2-for-3 and drivign in three of the Tigers’ four runs in the game.
The two teams play again today in a game Auburn desperately needs to win to stay alive for the SEC tournament at Hoover’s Regions Park in May.
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