The Alabama Crimson Tide met the Auburn Tigers Tuesday night at Montgomery's Riverwalk Stadium for the 4th annual Capital City Classic looking for it's first victory in the event. Tuesday night's game, like the three previous games before it, ended with the Tide suffering defeat at the hands of their rivals. Auburn used a 3-run eighth inning in the 8-3 victory to officially put the game out of reach for the Tide. The loss dropped the Tide's record to 5-7, while Auburn improved to 8-6 on the season. Despite the teams being Western Division rivals in the SEC, the game was played as a non-conference contest.
Offensively, the Tide was led by Brett Booth and Cameron Carlisle. Both players went 2-4, with Booth having a run scored and a RBI. While the Tide finished with 8 hits, they also left 8 runners stranded on base.
In the field, Tide starter Spencer Turnbull lasted only 3.2 innings while allowing 4 earned runs and giving up six hits. One of the lone bright spots for the freshman, who suffered the first loss of his college career, was his 6 strikeouts. Three relievers finished the game up for the Tide, allowing only 5 hits and 2 earned runs over the remaining 4.1 innings. The Tide, who had 3 errors in the field, gave up 2 unearned runs to the Tigers in the bottom of the eighth.
Up next for Alabama is the DRASH Alabama Baseball Tournament, which the Tide will host at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The tournament will include, along with the host team, Oral Roberts, East Carolina, and No. 20 Louisville. The Tide's first game will be Friday night at 6:05 pm CT against East Carolina.