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Vandy, Alabama tie in series finale

62 days ago
Vanderbilt, Alabama Athletics

Nashville, Tenn. - Vanderbilt rallied late on Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Field to pull even with Alabama 3-3 before the rains came and forced a tie between the two teams.

Trailing 3-1 entering the bottom of the seventh, Will Toffey blasted his eighth home run of the season out to right field with two down to cut the Alabama (19-34-1, 5-24-1) lead to a single run. With a line of storms creeping into Nashville, Jeren Kendall worked a leadoff walk in the eighth and was followed by a Julian Infante single. With one down, Jason Delay's slow grounder to shortstop was good enough to put the two runners into scoring position. Reed Hayes was called on to pinch hit with two outs but did not even need to swing the bat to tie the game as Crimson Tide reliever Davis Vainer balked to allow Kendall to trot home and tie the game. Hayes flew out to right field and the umpires pulled both teams off the field.

Garrett Suchey was dominant for the Crimson Tide, making his first career start and lasting a season-long 105 pitches. The junior allowed two runs on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out a season-high seven batters. Suchey gave up an RBI-triple and then allowed a solo homer to account for his only two runs of the day.

The Tide's trio of Chandler Taylor, Cody Henry and Sam Finnerty each finished 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Taylor added his team-leading 16th home run of the season. Henry and Finnerty tallied a double on the day, with Connor Short also doubling as part of his 1-for-3 day that included an RBI.

Will Toffey led all hitters on the afternoon with a pair of hits to push his streak to six straight games with multiple hits. The junior is 14-for-24 during the stretch. Starter Drake Fellows allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits with a career-best 10 strikeouts in his first start since mid-April.

Saturday's regular-season finale wrapped up the 2017 campaign for Alabama baseball.

The Commodores are set to take on South Carolina in the SEC Tournament on Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m.