AUBURN — The Auburn Tigers capped off the 2024 season by taking two of three games against the No. 21 Alabama Crimson Tide.

The Tigers picked up a 4-2 win in game one and a 12-11 win in game two before falling 12-5 in game three.

Pitching was the name of the game for Auburn in the series opener.

Tanner Bauman got the start and allowed two runs off five hits and struck eight batters out in six innings of action. Will Cannon pitched the last three innings and earned his second save of the season.

Deric Fabian, Ike Irish and Cooper McMurray led the way for Auburn at the plate with two hits each.

“Saved his best for last,” said Auburn head coach Butch Thompson of Bauman. “That’s by far my favorite outing that he’s had in two years, and I’m thankful for him to get that on Senior Day.”

The second game of the series was a thrilling one. Auburn held a 12-2 lead and was one out away from a run-rule victory in the seventh inning before Alabama nearly came all the way back but fell one run short.

Chase Allsup got the start for Auburn and allowed five runs, only two earned, off seven hits and struck five batters out in 6.2 innings.

Fabian and Carter Wright pathed the way for the Tigers at the plate with three hits each.

“You could feel they got some momentum, and it took a really long time for us to stop it,” associate head coach Karl Nonemaker, filling in for an ejected Thompson, said. “We knew it would take a lot to beat them.”

Rallies in the top of the fifth and sixth innings helped Alabama avoid the sweep.

Christian Herberholz got the start for Auburn and allowed four runs off six hits while striking out three batters in 4.2 innings of work.

Cooper Weiss led Auburn at the plate with three hits.

Auburn finishes the season 27-26 and 8-22 in SEC play.

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