Tide Baseball Faces Tough Non-SEC Foe

If it helps a team to play good competition, the Alabama baseball team should start to see some positive results at some point. Bama has already played two teams that were ranked number one at some point in the season, albeit with devastating results -- an 0-6 record.

Some might think that slumping Alabama needs a Mississippi Valley State right now. The Delta Devils have been to Bama baseball what the Washington Generals were to the Harlem Globetrotters for a few decades. That's to say an easy win. But the Generals didn't get the Globetrotters NBA ready, and the Crimson Tide has to get ready for Southeastern Conference play with its midweek games.

This week Coach Mitch Gaspard's Crimson Tide has the tough competition midweek. The Tide's final non-conference game of the season is tonight in Hattiesburg against Southern Miss. These are teams going in different directions. The Golden Eagles have won eight of their last nine games and climbed to 15th in the nation.

Meanwhile, Alabama has lost five of its last six games and has fallen from leading the SEC in the early going with a 7-2 record to a disappointing 8-10 mark. Bama suffered its second consecutive sweep at the hands of a highly ranked team when Florida took three games last weekend. Earlier this year the Tide was swept by Vanderbilt. Both the Gators and Commodores have spent time at No. 1 this year.

Alabama suffered a 6-2 loss to Southern Miss in Tuscaloosa earlier this season. Bama has now fallen to 25-18 while the Golden Eagles are 30-9.

Alabama is in the middle of an eight-game road challenge. After Southern Miss at 6 p.m. tonight at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, the Tide will go to Mississippi State for a doubleheader Saturday and single game Sunday.

Alabama's starting pitcher tonight will be left-hander Adam Windsor (2-0 with a 2.38 earned run average). The Golden Eagles will go with left-hander Dillon Day (1-0, 2.55 ERA).

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