Tide Hosts LSU In Weekend Series

There had been some discussion of a possible change in venue for the Alabama-LSU baseball series this weekend. That isn't going to happen. The games will be at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on the Alabama campus. But there has been one time change.

The Saturday game between Alabama and LSU in Tuscaloosa will now begin at 3:05 p.m. CDT so that it can be regionally telecast by CSS. The game was originally scheduled as an evening game.

The Southeastern Conference baseball series between the Crimson Tide and LSU will begin with a 6:35 p.m. Friday game and conclude on Sunday with a game at 1:05 p.m.

Alabama won three of four road games last week, including two of three at Mississippi State. Bama is now 28-19 overall and tied for first (with Arkansas) for the SEC Western Division lead with a 10-11 league record. LSU swept Kentucky last weekend and is now 28-17 overall and 7-14 in the SEC Western Division.

Brock Bennett, a senior catcher from Tucker, Ga., was Bama's hitting star of last week with a .588 average (10-17). He had a walk and three sacrifice bunts and stole 3-4 bases. He had two extra base hits, five runs batted in, and scored three runs.

Brett Whitaker's first hit of the season was a pinch-hit home run to lead off the 10th inning to lift the Crimson Tide to a 5-4 win over Mississippi State in game one of Saturday's doubleheader. Tt was the first career home run for Whitaker, who was 0-for-8 prior to the at-bat. Whitaker, a Tuscaloosa native, got his second hit of the season in game two of the doubleheader after starting as the designated hitter.

Jared Reaves continued his hot hitting, going 7-for-16 (.438) for the week. Reaves hit his second home run of the season with a three-run homer in the first inning on Sunday at Mississippi State. Reaves knocked in a team-high six RBI for the week, bringing his total to a team-high 36, which ranks 10th in the SEC. Reaves had a career-high four hits, with two runs and two RBI, in the 7-3 win over No. 15 Southern Mississippi on Tuesday. He leads the Tide and ranks ninth in the SEC with a .357 batting average for the season

Jonathan Smart, a senior left-hander from Tuscaloosa, was the Crimson Tide pitching star. He had two appearances against Mississippi state, getting one win and one save.

The week was dominated by news of the tornado that decimated Tuscaloosa (though not The University of Alabama campus). Bama's win over No. 15 Southern Miss in Hattiesburg was the Tide's third over a ranked opponent this year. Alabama had 15 hits in the game, second highest in a game this year. Bama had at least 10 hits in each of the four games.

The four-game stretch ended an eight-game road swing. Bama is 6-10 on the road this year.

Alabama posted its sixth straight series win over Mississippi State.

For the first time this season, Alabama does not have a mid-week non-conference game this week.

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