Good News, Bad News For Baseball

The good news for Alabama baseball is that the Crimson Tide gets to play at home this week. The bad news is that one of the top teams in the Southeastern Conference will be coming to Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Alabama went only 2-2 last week, but the Crimson Tide was 2-1 in SEC games to improve to 7-2 in the league. Six of Bama's nine conference games have been on the road.

Alabama plays four home games this week, including a three-game SEC series against 13th ranked Arkansas beginning Thursday. Games will be at 7 p.m. CDT Thursday with television covzerage by ESPNU, 6:30 Friday, and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Coach Mitch Gaspard's squad, which is 18-11 overall, will also have a mid-week game at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Southeastern Louisiana.

Bama is coming off a series win at Auburn. The Tide took two of three games in Auburn with notable pitching performances. Each week SEC teams nominate players for various awards and it is likely the Tide had a tough decision to make. Charley Sullivan gave Bama eight innings in a 6-2 win over Auburn to start the series and Spencer Turnbull closed out the series with a complete game shutout of the Tigers.

Turnbull's completge game shutout was the first by an Alabama pitcher since March 25, 2011 (Nathan Kilcrease vs. Kentucky). The sophomore right-hander from Madison, Miss., has now thrown 20 2/3 innings of shutout baseball while improving his record to 3-0.

Sullivan, a senior right-hander, improved his SEC record to 3-0 and his overall record to 3-1 with his series-opening win.

Alabama has played two SEC road series with a 5-1 record in those games.

Austen Smith led Bama in hitting last week with a .333 average and his second home run of the season. He batted .364 (4-11, including his homer and three runs batted in) against Auburn.

Ben Moore hit .313 in the four games with two triples, two runs score with an RBI. Brett Booth led the team with four RBI during the week, all coming against Auburn, and now leads the team with 21 RBI.

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