Baseball legend Yogi Berra put it best — it ain’t over ’till it’s over.
The Auburn Tigers lived that creed on Saturday when they came back from a four-run deficit in the first inning to defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide 6-4 in their second victory of the rivalry series. Auburn now has an opportunity to sweep the series when they play the Tide again on Sunday.
Alabama wasted no time kicking off proceedings. Tide catcher Dominic Tamez hit a blistering ground ball to left field to knock in an RBI in the top of the first, and with two men on, outfielder William Hamiter blasted a ball over the right-center fence to put Alabama up 4-0.
That would be the last run they scored.
Auburn managed to keep things stagnant until the bottom of the fourth when it began to chip away. Tigers outfielder Bobby Peirce hit a solo shot to center field to cut the deficit down to three. The bottom of the fifth was kind to the Tigers, too — a grievous error on a routine throw to second by the Tide allowed infield player Garrett Farquhar to score and infielder Blake Rambusch subsequently knocked in an RBI single to cut the deficit down to one. Auburn got the run to tie in the bottom of the sixth when Nate LaRue hit an RBI single as well.
It was Peirce, who kicked off the scoring for Auburn, that put them back ahead.
His RBI single brought the Tigers up 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh. He wasn’t done scoring, though — after an errant pitch, Peirce ran home from third and made it 6-4 Auburn, a score that would stand at the end of the game.
After the impressive comeback, the Tigers will look to complete the sweep on Sunday at 3 p.m. CT.