Alabama, coming off losses in two of three games to the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, takes on Auburn at 7 p.m. today in Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Biscuits minor league baseball team. Bama is 7-4 and the Tigers are 9-3 this year.
The Tigers have dominated the Capital City Classic. Auburn won the first five games before Bama finally broke through with a 4-3 win in Montgomery last year.
Those games, however, didn’t matter.
In those six seasons, Alabama and Auburn met three times each year in regular season play and the Crimson Tide won 11 of 18 games. Moreover, Alabama added two wins over the Tigers in SEC Tournament games at the end of the 2010 and 2013 seasons.
Nevertheless, when it’s Alabama vs. Auburn in anything, it is important to win. The Crimson Tide will send junior right-hander Jake Hubbard against the Tigers sophomore righty Keegan Thompson in Montgomery. This will be Hubbard’s third career start. Thompson was a Freshman All-America last year.
This will be the 277th baseball meeting of the Tide and Tigers with Alabama holding a 152-124 edge in the series.
Alabama leads the nation and SEC in doubles (32), including nine from Casey Hughston. Hughston highlights the Tide offense. The sophomore from Mobile leads the SEC in batting average (.556), hits (25), doubles, total bases (44), and slugging percentage (.978), while ranking second in on-base percentage (.580) and RBI (18).
Alabama is also receiving a strong offensive effort from Mikey White. The junior shortstop from Birmingham is tied for second in the conference in runs scored (15), while leading the Alabama team in that category. He also ranks second on the 2015 squad in average (.357), hits (15), and doubles.