Bama Baseball Hosts Unbeaten Aggies

One might think there is no reason to hurry to the Hoover Met to see Alabama’s three-game series against undefeated and fifth-ranked Texas A&M. After all, the Crimson Tide has scored 47 of its 119 runs, 40 per cent, from the seventh inning on. In contrast, Alabama has limited opponents to just 30 runs in those final three frames.

But Alabama, despite a tough schedule (that is about to be a lot tougher), may need to get things started quickly against Texas A&M. The teams will meet in games at 7 p.m. CDT Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. All three games will be telecast on SEC+.

Alabama is 12-7, 2-1 in Southeastern Conference games. Texas A&M is 22-0, 3-0 in the SEC. The Aggies’ 22-game winning streak is the second longest in program history.

Alabama will throw senior left-hander Taylor Guilbeau for Friday’s opener. The Tide will then toss junior righty Will Carter on Saturday, and wrap up the series with sophomore right-hander Geoffrey Bramblett. Texas A&M will begin the series with junior righty Grayson Long on Friday, and he will be followed by junior southpaw Matt Kent on Saturday. The Aggies will close out the weekend series with freshman righty Turner Larkins.

Bama is tied for third in the SEC in doubles (42), including 10 from Casey Hughston and eight from Mikey White.

Hughston highlights the Tide offense. The sophomore leads the SEC in batting average (.473) and doubles, while ranking second in hits (35), RBI (24), total bases (61) and slugging percentage (.824). The junior also leads the team in average, doubles, home runs, RBI, on-base (.518), and slugging percentage.

Alabama is also receiving a strong offensive effort from White. The junior shortstop is tied for the conference and national lead in triples (5), while ranking third in the SEC in runs (23) and leading Bama in that category. Over his last 14 games, White is batting .460 with 13 extra base hits, 19 RBI, 18 runs scored, seven walks (two hit-by-pitch) and two stolen bases.

The Crimson Tide comes into this weekend’s series with Texas A&M after an 8-6 win over Samford on Tuesday. Prior to the midweek contest, Alabama took two of three games from 13th-ranked Mississippi State in Starkville.

Alabama will have no easy road, facing off with numerous teams in Baseball America’s weekly top-25 poll. The Tide is scheduled to face four of the top five teams in this week’s poll, including top-ranked LSU, No. 2 Florida, No. 4 Vanderbilt and fifth-ranked Texas A&M.

Bama played at then-No. 3 Houston from Feb. 20-22, going 1-2 against the Cougars. Most recently, the Tide claimed two of three from Mississippi State in Starkville to kick off SEC play with a winning record. With last weekend’s three-game series against State, Alabama began one of the toughest stretches in all of college baseball. After the series against A&M, Alabama will travel to Florida, and then wrap up the four-weekend stretch with a home series against LSU.

Alabama and Texas A&M have met eight times in program history, with the Crimson Tide owning the all-time advantage, 5-3. Most recently, Alabama took two of three from the Aggies last season in College Station.


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