Alabama Baseball Back In Action

As much as it may have seemed so, the Alabama baseball season did not come to an end in the first weekend. Although Bama lost three games to Florida Atlantic in the opening weekend – the first time in five years the Crimson Tide had lost a season-opener – the schedule continues, including three games at Sewell-Thomas Stadium this weekend.

Alabama will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff – the first time the teams have met – at 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. Alabama is 0-3 after its first weekend, the first time since 1952 the Tide has started 0-3. Alabama was outscored 25-8 and out-hit 39-20 in the three losses. Arkansas Pine-Bluff is 0-4.

Freshman left-hander Taylor Guilbeau will again start the series opener for Bama. Last week he went five innings, giving up three hits and one run while striking out four, walking two. He became the firast true freshman to start the opening bgame of the season for Alabama since freshmen were allowed to play varsity sports in 1973. He'll face a junior left-hander, Jordan Schler, who gave up 10 hits and eight runs in three innings of work in Arkansas Pine-Bluff's opening weekend.

Alabama will follow up on Saturday with right-handed junior Charley Sullivan and on Sunday with left-handed freshman Justin Kamplain. Alabama used six freshmen pitchers in its opening series. A pitching bright spot for Bama was junior college transfer Ian Gardeck, who had three strikeouts on 12 pitches—all strikes--in his first inning of work.

Alabama hit .204 in its opening series. The Golden Lions of Arkanas-Pine Bluff come in with a .185 average.

Alabama has never played against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Tide is 56-4 all-time against teams from the Southwest Athletic Conference, however.

Alabama as a team was not effective in the opening weekend, but All-America center fielder Taylor Dugas was in stride as he was 5-11 (.455) and hit safety in all three games.

Shortstop Jared Reaves was 4-11 in the series. Second baseman Kenny Roberts had a three-run home run.

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