SEC Baseball Play Just Around Corner

Alabama returns to its interim Hoover home for a Tuesday doubleheader with Alabama A&M. The twinbill at The Met will be the Crimson Tide’s final tune-up before Southeastern Conference play begins this weekend.

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The first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader is scheduled for a 2 p.m. first pitch. The second game of the afternoon is scheduled to start 30 minutes after the final out of game one.

Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard plans to start a pair of freshmen against Alabama A&M. Right-hander Jake Walters will start for Bama in the first game, while left-hander Alex Watkins will be the starter in the nightcap. The Bulldogs have not announced pitchers.

Both Bama and A&M are 9-6.

Following the Tuesday games, Alabama takes a weekend trip to Starkville to face off with Mississippi State. The three-game series will be the start of SEC play for both teams. Friday’s game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. CDT start, with Saturday set for 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. The two teams have met in 388 previous contests, with the Crimson Tide leading the series, 211-174-3. Last season, the Bulldogs took two of three from Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama and A&M will be meeting for the fourth and fifth times in history. The Crimson Tide won the three previous games. Bama won two of three games against Lipscomb in Mobile last weekend, while the Bulldogs are coming off taking two of three from Alcorn State by winning a doubleheader on Sunday.

Tuesday’s doubleheader will be the second of three for the Crimson Tide this season. Alabama already finished off a day series with Savannah State on Feb. 24. The Tide took down the Tigers by a score of 7-2 in the first game, and then claimed a 4-2 victory in the night cap. The Crimson Tide will play in its final doubleheader of the season on Tuesday, April 21, when UA welcomes Mississippi Valley State to the Hoover Met.

Sophomore outfielder Casey Hughston continues to lead the Alabama offense. He ranks second nationally in hits (30), fourth in RBI (21), and in doubles (10), seventh in average (.500), and eighth in slugging percentage (.833). He leads the SEC in batting average, doubles, hits (30), and total bases (50), while tying for the league lead in RBI (21) through his first 15 games of 2015.

Hughston is the team leader in average, doubles, home runs, RBI, on-base and slugging percentage. He has reached base safely in all 15 games this season, the longest streak this season by a member of the Tide. He has recorded an extra-base hit in 10 contests this season and collected 14 total.

He has also recorded one or more RBI in 11 games during 2015, and multiple RBI in five of those contests.

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