Alabama baseball walks off twice, Connor Prielipp returns in series win over Auburn

James Fletcher
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama baseball (22-13, 7-8 SEC) took two out of three to win the series with Auburn (14-18, 2-13) at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

On Thursday, three lead changes and three ties led to extra innings, where Owen Diodati punched a walk-off RBI single into right field in an 8-7 Alabama victory.

Auburn picked up a 5-4 win on Friday after Alabama’s ninth-inning rally fell short, stranding Peyton Wilson on first on a William Hamiter strikeout.

The Crimson Tide again led a comeback Saturday, winning 10-9 on an RBI double by Jim Jarvis in the bottom of the ninth.

Here are three things we learned:

Connor Prielipp returns

After weeks out of the rotation with a “medical condition,” Connor Prielipp made his return to the mound in game three of the series.

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He threw just one innings with a strikeout and gave up the first run of his collegiate career before giving way to Antoine Jean.

“We knew he was going to go about 30 pitches today,” said coach Brad Bohannon. "He felt good."

Home runs lead to series win

Alabama hit six home runs in the series, with three coming on Thursday and three on Saturday.

"We've got some guys that are starting to show some maturity," said Bohannon

The Crimson Tide hit each home run when trailing and tied the game or took the lead on five of them.

Owen Diodati delivers

Diodati started off the weekend with a bang, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs, including a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning.

He showed up again on Saturday, delivering a two-RBI single in the first inning and a two-run homer in the third.

Up next

Alabama is scheduled to wrap up its five-game homestand against North Alabama (4-28) with a Tuesday (6 p.m. CT) meeting at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

The Crimson Tide will go on the road to face Kentucky (22-9, 7-6) in a weekend series that will run Friday-Sunday.