TUSCALOOSA, AL (WIAT) – He was the hero Alabama needed in the ninth inning. Austen Smith came through with a game-winning double to cap a come from behind 7-6 victory over Missouri. Smith was hitless in his previous four at bats.
The Tide clinched the series with the win and improved to 31-22 overall, 13-13 in the SEC. Missouri dropped to 16-29, 8-19 SEC.
“What a game! At the end of the day, I thought our guys had a great will about them,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “We talked about it prior to the game today. This is why you come to Alabama, this is why you play the game –for big games like today. We know our backs were against the wall today and I thought our guys really showed that in the ninth inning. They just continued to give one good at-bat after another to get [Austen] Smith up there to have the game winner. I’m really proud of our team and the way that they responded in the ninth inning.”
Chance Vincent also came through big for the Tide, as his hit began the ninth inning rally for Alabama. The Tide would go on to score three runs in the 9th inning for the win, which improved their chances for a post-season birth.
Mitch Greer was on the mound for the final 2 innings for Alabama, earning his first SEC win.
The Crimson Tide will travel to Nashville to finish out the SEC season against No.2 Vanderbilt beginning Friday.