College Baseball: No. 21 Auburn Sweeps Alabama in Tuscaloosa for First Time Since 1976

Josh Anthony (3) and Will Holland (17).
Auburn baseball vs Missouri on Friday, March 30, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.
Dakota Sumpter / Auburn Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 21 Auburn completed its first sweep of Alabama in Tuscaloosa since 1976 by defeating the Crimson Tide 5-0 in game one and 20-5 in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Auburn (29-12, 9-9 SEC) claimed its first series win in Tuscaloosa since 2004 by shutting out Alabama (22-20, 5-13 SEC) for the first time since 1990 and the first time in the Crimson Tide’s home ballpark since 1980 in the first game of two.

The Tigers then exploded for the most runs in a game in the rivalry series since 1989, highlighted by an 11-run eighth inning, and completed the series sweep by blowing out the Crimson Tide in the nightcap.

Auburn’s 44 runs in the three-game series were the most against Alabama in program history, and the Tigers outscored the Crimson by 34 runs in the three-game set.

“All three games, that was about as complete as we’ve been and as business-like as I’ve seen our guys on the road,” head coach Butch Thompson said. “We made a big deal about being 1-5 on the road. Pitching wise, our at-bats, even as things were getting out of hand, we stayed locked in. It was a very complete weekend for us. Hopefully we can keep competing hard and stay focused.”

With the series sweep, Auburn finds itself just one game out of first place in the jam-packed SEC West with four conference weekends remaining.


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