Tide Baseball Trying To End Losing Skid

Alabama's baseball team needs to keep its eye on the task at hand. There's nothing to be gained by looking back at the disappointing weekend in which Ole Miss swept the Crimson Tide, nor would it be productive to look ahead to the daunting specter of number two LSU coming to Tuscaloosa this weekend.

Alabama will host UAB at 6 p.m. CDT Tuesday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Alabama has relatively good luck in these midweek games with an 8-3 overall record. One of those losses, though, was a 1-0 setback at the hands of UAB at the Hoover Met on March 26.

Alabama is 22-16 overall and 8-7 in Southeastern Conference games. UAB is 16-10 and coming off a 9-8 win over Memphis that ended a four-game losing streak for the Blazers.

Following the game against UAB, Alabama will remain home to host the second ranked LSU Tigers this weekend. The SEC three-game series will begin on Friday with first pitch at 6:30 CDT. Game two of the series will begin at 7 p.m. CDT Saturday and will be televised on FSN. The series concludes beginning 1 p.m. Sunday.

Tuesday night will be $2 Tuesday at Sewell-Thomas. All general admission tickets will be $2.

Alabama will start freshman right-hander Mike Oczypok against UAB. In his last outing, and first start, last week he pitched five innings of no-hit ball in beating Alcorn State. He is 2-0 with an earned run average of 2.08.

UAB will go with sophomore right-hander Alex Luna (0-2, 7.90 ERA).

Last week the Tide defeated Alcorn State in two games, 3-2 and 7-3, and has three consecutive mid-week wins.

Alabama has won only one of its last six SEC games, although Bama has won six of its last 10 overall. Since defeating Alabama, the Blazers have gone 6-6.

The Tuesday night mid-week game against UAB will mark the 62nd meeting all-time between the two schools. Alabama holds a 41-20 overall record against UAB, but the Blazers have won the last four meetings. In Tuscaloosa Bama has a 22-7 advantage.

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