Tide Baseball Hosts Stephen F. Austin

On any given day, the Mets can beat the Yankees. In other words, the best team usually wins in baseball, but perhaps not with the success of mismatches in other sports. Nevertheless, Alabama baseball should expect good success this weekend.

Alabama, ranked 21st in the nation, is home in Sewell-Thomas Stadium this weekend for a three-game series against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. The series begins at 6 p.m. today and continues with single games at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Alabama is 2-1 after its first weekend of play against St. Louis. The Lumberjacks are 2-2, but the two wins have been over Texas-Arlington and Incarnate Word. When playing major competition, Stephen F. Austin has lost to Oklahoma State (3-1) and on Tuesday night to Texas A&M (12-3).

Alabama's starting pitchers will be the same rotation as last weekend. None of the starters figured in decisions for the Tide last week, so all are 0-0. Tonight, Bama will go with junior left-hander Spencer Turnbull against junior right-hander Cameron Gann (1-0 with a 3.60 earned run average). Saturday it will be junior left-hander Justin Kamplain (5.40 ERA) against SFA's Kyle Cross, a senior right-hander who is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA. Sunday will have Alabama sophomore right-hander Ray Castillo (6.00 ERA) against junior left0hander Dillon Mangham (1-0, 1.80).

Last week the Alabama pitching staff held Saint Louis to a .202 team batting average while posting a 2.33 ERA the first weekend of the season. In a total of 16 innings, Tide relief pitchers allowed just two earned runs, posting a 1.12 ERA. The Bama bullpen finished the weekend with 14 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. The Tide used a total of 11 pitchers in the three game series, which included three freshmen that combined for seven scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Offensively, Alabama had a .234 batting average, while averaging 4.6 runs per game.

Sophomore shortstop Mikey White paced the Tide with a .400 average against Saint Louis that included a triple, an RBI and scored three runs, including the game-winner in the ninth inning of Saturday's 4-3 win. White also had three walks and finished the weekend with a .600 slugging percentage and a .538 on-base percentage.

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