Tide Baseball Hosts Stephen F. Austin
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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