AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama broke out of two-game hitting slump in a big way Saturday afternoon, pounding out 16 hits, including three home runs, en route to an easy 13-3 win over Auburn in the regular season finale.
“It was important to win,” Alabama head coach Jim Wells said. “I’ve never seen an offensive team be on for 15 weeks. I don’t think, even in 1997, we did it every weekend. Sometimes it can last longer than two games, but thankfully we bounced back in the last game and played well.”
Alabama outscored Auburn 19-6 in the three-game series, matching the fewest runs the Tide pitching staff allowed in an SEC series this year. The Tide also held Tennessee to six runs in a series sweep in Tuscaloosa in April.
Junior third baseman Jake Smith led the list of sluggers with by going 4-for-4, two runs scored and five RBI. He hit a two-run home run in the third inning and added a two-run single in the third inning as the Tide built an early eight-run lead. Senior catcher Vin DiFazio was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Senior right fielder Kent Matthes went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI. He tied the Alabama single-season home run record with his 27th home run to lead off the second inning and jump-start the Tide offense, which had managed only three runs and 14 hits in the first two games of the series. Junior second baseman Brandon May also went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.
“It is a great honor to tie the single-season home run record at the University of Alabama,” Matthes said. “There have been a lot of great players play baseball here and to share the single season home run record means a lot.”