Alabama Baseball Hosts Alcorn State

Tucker Hawley

Alabama is coming off something of a "whew" weekend. Things looked gloomy as the Crimson Tide lost the first two games of a series against Arkansas, but Bama rebounded to take the third game, maintain "touch" with LSU in the Southeastern Conference Western Division, and start this week on a winning note.



Alabama has the first of two midweek single games against Alcorn State tonight (Tuesday, April 9) at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The teams meet again in another single game at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Joe.

This week Bama, in second place in the SEC West (tied with Arkansas) with an 8-4 record. The Tide trails LSU, which is 11-1. And following the Alcorn State games, the Alabama team of Coach Mitch Gaspard has another tough assignment, heading to Ole Miss and the nationally ranked Rebels. Mississippi has had a tougher start to the SEC schedule than Alabama and the Rebs' league record of 4-8 is misleading.

Alabama is 20-13 overall and the Tide is also ranked in one of the nation's college baseball polls, coming in at 22nd.

The Tide's games at Ole Miss will begin at 6:30 p.m. CDT Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 Sunday.

Tuesday's game against Alcorn State will be $2 Tuesdays, as all adult general admission tickets will be $2. Wednesday's game against Alcorn State will be a $1 Wednesday, as all adult general admission tickets will be $1.

Alcorn State enters the midweek series with an 8-28 overall record and an 8-6 mark in the Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC). The Braves are coming off a series win at Alabama State, after winning the final two games of the series 3-2 and 9-7.

Alabama will start RHP Tucker Hawley (4-2, 2.19 ERA) on Tuesday night and will determine Wednesday's starter later. Alcorn State will start RHP Mundo Sanchez (0-2, 6.15 ERA) on Tuesday and RHP Charles Alridge (0-0, 54.00 ERA) on Wednesday.

The two games against Alcorn State will mark games 16 and 17 between the two teams. Alabama holds a 14-1 record all-time versus the Braves, as the Tide has won the last 13 games overall. The only win in the series for ASU came on April 15, 1987 when the Braves posted a 6-5 win in Tuscaloosa. Every game of the all-time series between the two schools have been played in Tuscaloosa. In the most recent meetings, Alabama swept the Braves in a three-game series to open the 2011 season.

The Tide is 12-9 in non-conference games this week and has a 6-3 record in midweek games.

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