TUSCALOOSA, AL -
With two outs in the ninth inning, Casey Hughston blasted a first-pitch RBI double to deep right to lift the ninth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide to a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Auburn Tigers in a Sunday Southeastern Conference matchup at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
With the series win, Alabama closed out the weekend 24-11 overall and 10-5 in conference play, while Auburn falls to 21-16 overall with a 6-9 conference mark. At the midway point of the SEC schedule, the Crimson Tide is in sole possession of first place in the conference standings.
With neither team able to produce a run over the previous five innings, the Tide came through with the only two extra base hits of the game in the ninth. After Ben Moore flirted with a walk-off home run, Wade Wass doubled to right field to get into scoring position. After Colton Freeman entered as a pinch runner, Hughston belted the first pitch he saw off Keegan Thompson to plate Freeman for the win in the game and the series.
Hughston was 3-for-5 with a pair of singles and the walk-off RBI double. Georgie Salem tallied three singles with an RBI and a run scored. Wass and Mikey White also posted two-hit performances in Alabama’s 18th game of the season with 10 or more hits, as the Tide finished the day with 12 hits.