For the fifth time in as many tries, the Alabama Crimson Tide lost the MAX Capital City Classic to Auburn, losing on Tuesday 6-3. The MAX Capital City Classic is a one-game series Alabama and Auburn play in Montgomery every year before the two teams meet again in conference play (this year, March 28-30 in Auburn).
The Tide was held to three hits, all on Auburn starter Dillon Ortman. Relief pitcher Conner Kendrick entered the game in the fourth inning and pitched six innings of no-hit baseball, walking only one batter and striking out eight.
Alabama starting pitcher Taylor Gilbeau pitched four innings, giving up two hits and one run while walking five batters. Reliever Tucker Hawley entered the game and pitched only one inning, giving up three runs on two hits. The two-run top of the fifth inning for the Tigers built a 4-3 lead that Alabama would never cut.
Center fielder Georgie Salem, first baseman Austen Smith and designated hitter Austin Miller were the three players to tally hits for the Tide. Alabama left seven runners on base and committed three errors.
Alabama now gets ready for another weekend road trip, this time to meet the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals for a three-game series.