Tide Baseball Continues Barnstorming

Alabama baseball is playing most of its home games this year in the Hoover Met, which was built for the Birmingham Barons. Earlier this week the Crimson Tide played a game at Riverfront Stadium in Montgomery, home of the Biscuits. The appoearances continue this weekend in a minor league park.

Alabama will continue barnstorming across the state this weekend, heading to Mobile for a three-game series with Lipscomb. The Crimson Tide and Bisons will play three games in Hank Aaron Stadium, home to the Double-A Mobile BayBears.

Friday and Saturday’s contests are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. with Sunday’s finale at 2:05.

The pitching matchups are:

Friday, Alabama’s Taylor Guilbeau (senior left-hander) vs. Lipscomb’s Ian Martinez-McGraw (Sr., RHP); Saturday, UA – Will Carter (Jr., RHP) vs. LU – Nick Andros (Sr., LHP); Sunday, UA – Geoffrey Bramblett (So., RHP) vs. LU – Denton Norman (Jr., RHP).

Alabama and Lipscomb will meet for just the third, fourth, and fifth times. The Crimson Tide owns a 2-0 advantage. The initial matchup came in 2006, with UA claiming a 15-2 victory. The second meeting was in 2008, when the Tide came away with an 8-4 win against the Bisons.

Lipscomb arrives in Mobile on a four-game winning streak, including a 7-1 victory Tuesday over Tennessee Tech. Prior to the midweek contest, the Bisons swept LaSalle in a weekend series.

Mobile native and former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron will be throwing out the first pitch at Friday’s series opener. The current Cincinnati Bengal won two national championships during his time with the Tide.

Alabama is coming off a 5-3 loss to Auburn (non-counting insofar as Southeastern Conference play) on Tuesday in Montgomery.

Alabama leads the nation and SEC in doubles (34), including 10 from Casey Hughston, the lone Mobile native on the Crimson Tide team.

Hughston highlights the UA offense. The sophomore leads the SEC in batting average (.556), hits (26), doubles, total bases (46), and slugging percentage (.978), while tying for second in the league in RBI (19).

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