The No. 18 Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team experienced its second straight midweek defeat, losing 5-2 to the UAB Blazers on Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

With the loss, Alabama drops to 24-13 overall and 6-9 in SEC play, while splitting the season series with UAB.

UAB took an early lead, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Nick Hollifield and a fielder’s choice. The Crimson Tide quickly answered back in the bottom half of the inning with solo home runs by Gage Miller and Justin Lebron.

The game stayed deadlocked until the fifth inning when UAB's Brayton Brown smashed a solo home run into the right field corner, giving the Blazers the lead once again. They added another run on a wild pitch. In the eighth inning, UAB scored one more run on a sacrifice fly by Mayes White, securing the victory.

Kade Snell took the mound for the Crimson Tide while also playing as the designated hitter. In his fourth start of the year, Snell pitched two innings, allowing two hits and two earned runs while striking out one. At the plate, he went 1-for-2 before Mason Swinney pinch-hit for him in the sixth inning.

Jansen Kenty suffered the loss, pitching two-thirds of an inning and allowing two runs on one hit and a pair of walks.

After a shaky first inning from UAB’s Brooks House, Collin Patterson came in relief in the second inning and received the win, pitching three innings of hitless ball and striking out three batters. John Luke Marlin came into the game to start the eighth inning and pitched two innings of hitless ball to earn the save for the Blazers.

Last weekend, Alabama took two of three from the nation’s No.1 team Arkansas. This weekend, the Tide will have a chance to knock off the new No. 1 ranked team in the nation, Texas A&M, as the Crimson Tide host the Aggies on Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. CT, with the series finale on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT.

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