38-14, 18-10 SEC
27-25, 10-17 SEC
38-14, 18-10 SEC
27-25, 10-17 SEC
O: EvanTaylor (5-0)
L: Garrett McMillan (4-5)
S: Brady Tygart (8)
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Alabama lost to fifth-ranked Arkansas 7-3 on Thursday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide is now 27-25 overall and 10-17 in Southeastern Conference play.
Alabama took an early 3-0 lead with a pair of runs in the second and a run in the fourth. Arkansas came right back to post a five-point fifth to take the lead for good. The Razorbacks added two in the ninth for the 7-3 final.
Garrett McMillan (4-5) held the Razorbacks hitless for the first four frames before running into trouble in that fifth. The junior finished with 5.1 innings pitched, allowing five runs on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts in the loss. Evan Taylor (5-0) picked up the win for the Razorbacks after working 2.0 scoreless relief innings. Brady Tygart followed for the final 1.2 frames to earn his eighth save of the season.
“It was a tough loss tonight, but I think we did some good things. (Garrett McMillan) was perfect for four innings, and Jacques Leger was remarkable in relief. We beat them and took a 3-0 lead; probably left some meat on the bone in those first four innings for what could have been four or five (points). The obvious difference in the game is that Arkansas got three big hits with people on base. They had runners on base and hit two homers and a double. We also had a few big hits, but they were singles, and that’s really the difference in the ball game.”
How did it happen
- B2 | Andrew Pinckney started the inning with a field single. After a well-executed hit-and-run by Jim Jarvis put runners at the corners, Tommy Seidl doubled on the left to tag Pinckney and advance Jarvis to third. A release later Caden Rose picked on the left to tackle Jarvis and add to Tide’s advantage. (2-0, Alabama)
- B4 | Rose pitched 2-1 down the left line for a two-out double to keep the inning alive. Guillaume Hamiter brought it home on the next at-bat to increase the lead. (3-0, Alabama)
- T5 | Peyton Stovall hit a two-run home run to even things up. The Hogs then reached two more before a Cayden Wallace three-run homer put them ahead. (5-3, Arkansas)
- T9 | A two-out double to left center was added to two more for the Razorbacks. (7-3, Arkansas)
- Alabama recorded 10 hits on the night. The Tide has 10 or more hits in 27 games this season.
- Seven of Alabama’s nine starters recorded at least one hit in the series opener.
- Caden Rose has safely reached base 12 consecutive games since April 25 against Georgia.
- Rose went 3-for-4 to tie her career high in hits. The second also had three hits twice, most recently against Xavier on Feb. 19 of this season.
- Jim Jarvis has reached base in 10 straight games since April 28 at South Carolina.
- With its 1 for 5 evening, Drew Williamson has now recorded one hit in six straight games. During the streak, the senior is averaging .304 (7-23) with one brace, one home run, five RBIs, five runs scored and three walks.
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Alabama and Arkansas meet for Game 2 of the series Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The game will feature a pair of senior right-handers with the Crimson Tide calling Jacob McNairy while the Razorbacks counter with Connor Noland. Game 2 is scheduled for a first launch at 7 p.m. CT, with the contest gaining a nationwide audience on SEC Network.
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