Alabama fans can certainly celebrate that.
Jim Jarvis’ Walk-Off Beats Auburn
Alabama and Auburn never fail to produce drama.
Auburn hopped on a bus to Tuscaloosa and promptly lost on a walk-off single Friday night thanks to Owen Diodati. Heck, we even saw an inside-the-park home run this series. The Crimson Tide then fell to the Tigers on Saturday to set a rubber match Sunday at Sewell Thomas Stadium.
In a back-and-forth battle for the ages, the two SEC schools were tied at 9 heading to the bottom of the ninth inning.
Alabama first baseman Drew Williamson singled to lead things off. Jackson Tat laid down a sacrifice bunt. That drew sophomore infielder Jim Jarvis to the plate.
Jarvis cranked a 1-0 offering to the left field wall to walk-off Auburn and give Alabama the series win. The heroic double did more than give Alabama a 10-9 win. It made Auburn’s left fielder face plant at the warning track and the center fielder throw down his glove in anger.
“Heck of a ballgame,” Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon said in a release.
“Just both teams trading blows, going back and forth. All three of these games this weekend either team could have won. It could have been 3-0 or 0-3, either way. Huge credit to Auburn – they just kept their foot on the pedal. They scored first in all three games and just kind of kept us on our heels, but I’m really proud of our kids. They just kinda kept coming and kept responding.”
Thanks to Jarvis and a team full of competitors, Alabama came out on top. The ‘Tide improved to 7-8 in conference play and 22-13 overall this season. Meanwhile, Auburn dropped to a dismal 2-13 in SEC play.
Alabama’s in the heat of its SEC schedule, and it’s gonna need heroic hits from players like Jim Jarvis the rest of the year.