Montgomery, AL – After rain forced a postponement on March 9, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers took the field tonight at Riverwalk Stadium to face off in the 2nd annual Max Capital City Classic.
With 7,205 fans watching, Auburn scored first in the bottom of the second on a Tony Caldwell homerun and only gave up the lead once more to come out on top of the Tide 8-6.
Auburn pounded Alabama starter leftie Jonathan Smart for five runs on six hits and a walk.
Right-hander Tyler White replaced Smart in the middle of the third inning with the Tigers in front 5-2, but Auburn continued their hitting streak.
Bama’s bats were not totally silent, though, when both Taylor Dugas and Josh Rutledge scored an RBI each in the top of the third to give Bama their only lead 2-1.
Rutledge continued to work and scored two more RBIs in the top of the fourth. But, Auburn reliever, Michael Hurst, who was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, shut down Bama’s offense in the middle innings to pick up the win for the orange and blue, after entering the game in the fourth with two Tide runners in scoring position.
The Tigers move to 16-5, winning their seventh game in a row. The Tide now has a record of 16-3, dropping their second straight game.
Last year in the inaugural MAX Capital City Classic, the Tigers beat the Tide by overcoming a late-game blown-lead and a one-run deficit in the ninth inning. The final score was 8-7 in front of a near record crowd of 7,489 at Riverwalk Stadium.
The Crimson Tide travels next to Fayetteville, Arkansas for a three-game series against the No. 15 Razorbacks beginning Friday. Auburn returns home for a three-game series against No. 14 South Carolina this weekend.
Article by Melissa Parker
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