Alabama Knows How To Win At The Joe

Alabama baseball has been very good at home, and a good guess is that the weekend series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium will continue that trend. Alabama is 8-5 overall and 8-0 at home. This weekend the Crimson Tide hosts the Eastern Illinois Panthers, who have a record of 1-7.



Alabama will host Eastern Illinois at 6 p.m. CST Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Crimson Tide of Coach Mitch Gaspard is expected to start left-hander Adam Morgan (1-1) on Friday, right-hander Nathan Kilcrease (2-0) on Saturday, and right-hander Tucker Hawley (2-1) Sunday.

Eastern Illinois and Alabama have only met once in the past, a 22-1 victory for the Crimson Tide at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in 1998. That Alabama team would go on to a 46-18 record and a runner-up finish in the SEC Tournament and the NCAA West Regional.

Alabama is coming off a 6-3 loss to Georgia in a game that does not count in Southeastern Conference standings. The exhibition was played at Lawrenceville, Ga. The Tide has another non-counting game against an SEC opponent next week when Bama meets Auburn at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery. After that, the Tide begins SEC competition for real with games at Ole Miss March 18-20.

Shortstop Jared Reaves continues to swing a hot bat for Alabama, as he has hit safely in 10-of-13 games. He leads the team in batting average (.413), RBI (19), triples (2), slugging percentage (.630) and on-base percentage (.500). In the SEC, he ranks second in RBI and triples, is eighth in hits with 19, is ninth in average and 10th in on-base percentage,

Over the last nine games, Taylor Dugas is hitting .389 (14-for-36) to lead Alabama, while hitting safely in eight of the last night games. Of his 14 hits, nine have been extra base hits with eight doubles and one triple, for a .667 slugging percentage over that stretch. His eight doubles currently leads the SEC.

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