Tide Baseball Hosts In-State Foes

Coming off a series win at Ole Miss, the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team returns to Tuscaloosa for five games this week, including a pair of mid-week non-conference games. Bama is now 13-7 overall and 2-1 in Southeastern Conference games. Bama's two wins at Mississippi were the first road wins of the year for the Tide, which has a 10-1 record at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.



Alabama gets the week started with games against UAB on Tuesday and Jacksonville State on Wednesday, both scheduled for a 6:05 p.m. CDT first pitch. Bama will host Kentucky for three SEC games this weekend.

Alabama will pitch a pair of sophomore right-handers in the mid-week games. Charley Sullivan will start against UAB, which counters with senior right-hander Ryan Woolley, and against Jax State Bama will go with Trey Pilkington, who will face freshman left-hander Taylor Sparks.

The Blazers were 8-3 on the season before losing five straight games. They came back with a three-game sweep over Tennessee-Martin last weekend to improve to 11-8 overall.

The Crimson Tide and the Blazers have met 57 times over the past 36 years and Alabama leads the series 41-16.

The Gamecocks are a complete team out of the Ohio Valley Conference and have tallied an impressive 14-5 record during its non-conference schedule. Jacksonville State opened the season with consecutive losses to Auburn (9-4) and Kennesaw State (9-6), but rebounded and has won 14 of their last 17.

The Gamecocks have played Alabama 31 times and trail the Crimson Tide 24-7 in the series.

When Taylor Dugas recorded his second hit against Eastern Illinois on March 13, he notched his 200th hit at Alabama, becoming the 19th player in school history to reach the 200-hit mark. He finished the series against Mississippi with five hits to bring his career total to 206 and passed Alex Avila (2006-08) for 18th place all-time. Dugas, who has a team-high 27 hits in 20 games this season, needs three hits to pass Brandon May (2007-09) for 17th place and five hits to pass Beau Hearod (2001-03) for 16th.

In the Tide's most recent four games, Taylor Dugas was 6-for-12 with a home run and six walks, and has now hit safely in the last 10 games. Dugas has reached base in 10 straight games and 19-of-20 games this season. He now leads the club with 27 hits, eight doubles, three triples, two home runs and 22 runs scored. He has scored at least one run in 16-of-20 games this season.

Alabama returns to SEC action with a three-game weekend series against Kentucky, beginning on Friday at 6:35 p.m. CDT. Game two begins at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday and game three gets underway at 1:05 p.m. on

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