The Auburn Tigers continued their dominance against Alabama in the MAX Capital City Classic on Tuesday night with a 5-2 win over the Crimson Tide to push their record in the series to 9-1.
“A win is a win,” sophomore infielder Will Holland said. “It’s even better when it’s Alabama.”
Following a 3-run home run from freshman utility player Edouard Julien in the bottom of the second inning, Holland hit the first of his two solo home runs to give the Tigers all they'd need to drop the Crimson Tide.
Center fielder Jay Estes also had a day. The senior started his day off with a spectacular catch against the wall in deep center to rob Chandler Taylor of an extra bases hit, the first of three highlight-reel catches from on the day.
“He definitely changed the ballgame,” Auburn coach Butch Thompson said. “He covered territory like you want to see a center fielder do.”
Thompson wasn't the only one to take notice of Estes' flashing of the leather on Tuesday night, his former coach also came away impressed.
“I haven’t seen Jay make many of those plays. I’ve seen him field groundballs,” said Alabama coach Brad Bohannon, an Auburn assistant last year.
“You could put him behind the plate, you could put him anywhere, and he’s do a good job,” Bohannon said. “I’m not surprised to see him do well out there.”
The win pushes the Tigers to 21-5 on the year and drops the Tide to 16-10.
Next up for Auburn is a three-game home series with the Missouri Tigers while Alabama returns home to Tuscaloosa for a three-game home series of their own against Kentucky.
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