There was a little less pressure on Alabama going into the second-round game against Texas A&M than there was in the single-elimination game in the first round of the SEC tournament. After all, a loss here only knocks the Tide to the losers' bracket and doesn't completely end their shaky shot at a berth in the NCAA tournament. Still, it was a game Alabama needed to win rather than lose -- and one they lost nonetheless in the end.
The Tide sort of got to Grayson Long, at least as much as you can reasonably expect to if he's not just having a horrible day, and outhit the Aggies. But after going up 3-0 with a run in the top of the third, Alabama never scored again. Meanwhile, Texas A&M tied things up in the bottom of the third, then struck again in the bottom of the eighth for what would be the winning run.
Again, it's not over yet. Alabama will play the loser of Vanderbilt-Missouri (cough cough Missouri cough cough) tomorrow, and with a win there would be two games away from the tournament final. Meanwhile, Texas A&M heads toward a possible showdown with Vanderbilt that could factor heavily into the race for a national seed. The Aggies need some wins as well.