Alabama Baseball Hosts Savannah State

One of the ramifications of playing “home” baseball games an hour away from home is that a handful of what would ordinarily be two-day series have been compressed into one-day doubleheaders. That’s the case for Alabama baseball today (Tuesday, Feb. 24).

Alabama is playing its home baseball games this season at the Hoover Met in suburban Birmingham while The University’s Sewell-Thomas Stadium is undergoing a $42 million renovation this year. The first of three doubleheaders scheduled this season is today against Savannah State.

First pitch today is at 2 p.m. CST with the second game beginning a half hour after completion of the first game. Both games are scheduled to be nine innings.

Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard is expected to start sophomore right-hander Nick Eicholtz in the first game. A second game starter has not been announced, but Bama is expected to use a collection of pitchers in the nightcap.

The Crimson Tide and Savannah State have met only once previously, Bama taking a 3-2 victory over the Tigers in the 2013 NCAA Regional in Tallahassee.

Alabama comes into the doubleheader on something of a high, having defeated third-ranked Houston, 8-3, to finish up a three-game series in Houston. The Tide had the lead late in two losses to the Cougars. Savannah State was also close in last weekend games, but was swept by UAB – two of the losses by one run.

Alabama’s victory Sunday was notable in that it was the Crimson Tide’s all-time number 2,500 baseball win. Only two other Southeastern Conference teams have reached that 2,500-win plateau, both just a bit ahead of Bama.

Texas A&M leads conference teams with 2,524 all-time wins and Mississippi State also reached the mark last weekend. The Bulldogs won four games and stand at 2,503. Next closest SEC team to 2,500 is South Carolina at 2,460.

The Crimson Tide has been hitting the ball well this year.

Bama had its first two home runs of the season last weekend and delivered eight or more hits in all three games against Houston. Alabama had five extra base hits in the Sunday win – four doubles and a home run.

Following today’s games, the Tide will welcome Louisiana-Lafayette to Hoover for a three-game weekend series.

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