Alabama Baseball Suffers Walkoff Loss, 2-1, at No. 3 Texas A&M on Sunday
Alabama baseball fell in heartbreaking fashion, 2-1, to third-ranked Texas A&M on another walkoff single to end the game. With the loss, the Aggies claim the series win while the Tide moves to 24-17 overall and 9-9 in conference play.
“The guys played their tails off all three games, and put themselves in position to win all three games,” said Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard. “Today, you have to tip your hat to Nick Eicholtz. He battled. He’s been battling stomach issues, was throwing up before the game, and he comes out and gives us a terrific outing. All of our bullpen pieces did a great job on the mound, too.”
Nick Eicholtz spun another gem of a start for the Crimson Tide, working 7.0 innings of one-run baseball, allowing six hits and not issuing a walk while striking out a season-high five batters. The junior wrapped up his day recording the final nine outs in order to limit the high-powered Aggie offense.
Eicholtz was followed by Brock Love, Jon Keller, Matt Foster and Thomas Burrows, with the foursome limiting the Aggies to only one hit – the game winner in the ninth.
Texas A&M struck first on Sunday, bringing in the game’s first run in the third. The Aggies registered a one-out single and followed that with a double to bring one in and make it a 1-0 contest after three full innings.
Alabama evened things up in the top of the sixth. A pair of walks to start the inning forced an A&M pitching change. A fielder’s choice scored the Aggies the first out of the inning, but one batter later Cody Henry continued his hot hitting, sending a single to center to move one across and make it 1-1.
The Aggies drew a leadoff walk in the ninth before a sacrifice bunt moved the runner into scoring position. An Alabama pitching change followed, but a single to center would prove the difference as the winning run crossed on the hit to end the weekend series and the game in favor of A&M, 2-1.
Next up for the Crimson Tide is another roadtrip, this one to Birmingham to take on the Samford Bulldogs. The two teams will meet on Tuesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. CT for the in-state matchup. Alabama will then return home for a three-game series against seventh-ranked Mississippi State from Thursday through Saturday.