Alabama salvages split in doubleheader action against No. 5 Texas A&M
HOOVER, Ala. -- Alabama dropped Saturday afternoon's lid-lifter to Texas A&M by a final score of 10-5 before bouncing back to hand the Aggies their first loss of the 2015 season in the nightcap by a 6-2 score. In the victory, the Tide scored four runs in the bottom of the first and fought off multiple comeback attempts by the Aggies to seal the win. After splitting Saturday's twinbill, the Tide improves to 13-9 on the season, while the Aggies drop to 24-1.
Alabama carried a 5-3 lead into the top of the eighth of Game 1, but Texas A&M put together a four-run inning to take its first lead of the game and held on to secure a 10-5 come-from-behind victory.
The Tide used a pair of two-run innings in the early goings to build a 4-1 advantage in support of starter Will Carter, who turned in Alabama's first strong start of the day. Carter held the Aggies to just three runs in 5.2 innings, but the Aggies found their groove off the Tide bullpen.
Texas A&M took its first lead in the top of the eighth and combined to plate seven runs in the final two innings to secure the victory.
Georgie Salem was involved in two of the Tide's five runs on the afternoon, as Salem went 1-for-4 with an RBI and one run scored. Leadoff man Chandler Avant finished 2-4 with a run scored.
On the back of another stellar pitching performance, the Crimson Tide knocked off the previously undefeated Texas A&M Aggies in Game 2 by a final score of 6-2 inside the Hoover Met.
Alabama scored four runs in the first to build an early lead.
"It is important to get a win," said Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard. "Their undefeated streak is about them. You want to win a series at home. Obviously, that's the goal. With us, it helps that we won the series at State last weekend. You have to survive and get through. We've got the tough part on the front end. When you can get wins, you need to get them. That was a good one in game three."
Tide starter Geoffrey Bramblett earned his fourth victory of the season after holding the Aggies to just two runs (one earned) on seven hits in 7.0 quality innings. Ray Castillo entered the game in the top of the eighth and recorded the final six outs to notch his third save of the season.
First baseman Chance Vincent sparked the Tide's offense in the bottom of the first, driving a two-run triple to the gap in right field to stake the Tide to an early 3-0 advantage. Avant turned in a three-hit performance, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI.