Alabama makes it into another minor league baseball stadium at 6:30 p.m. CDT today when the Crimson Tide takes on the UAB Blazers in Regions Stadium in downtown Birmingham. Alabama-Birmingham has won six consecutive games
Freshman right-hander Jeff Walters will pitch for Bama, while the Blazers will go with sophomore lefty Dylan Munger. Walters will make his third Tuesday start of the season. Walters is 2-1 in seven appearances (two starts), owning a 1.23 ERA with 17 strikeouts and 8 walks. He is limiting opposing batters to a .212 average.
In his last start a week ago at South Alabama, Walters went five innings, allowing just two unearned runs on three hits. The Tide would go on to use four more pitchers in the game and would eventually fall, 3-0, Bama’s only shutout loss this year.
Alabama has played UAB 65 times in baseball with the Tide leading the series 44-21. This year Bama is 14-12 overall (4-5 in SEC games) and the Blazers are 17-9.
As has been the case since the first weekend of the season, Alabama is led offensively by Casey Hughston and Mikey White in nearly all statistical categories.
Hughston is tied for third in the SEC in doubles (10) and slugging percentage (.660), tied for fourth in total bases (64), ranks fifth in batting average (.392) and is tied for fifth in RBI (27). The junior is also the Bama’s leader in doubles (10), homers (4), RBI and on-base (.461) and slugging percentage. White, also a junior, is tied for the league lead in triples (5), while ranking fifth in slugging percentage (.642), tied for fifth in doubles (9), ranking seventh in runs scored (27) and set at eighth in average (.379).
Alabama will return to Southeastern Conference play for a three-game series against fourth-ranked LSU beginning Thursday at the Hoover Met.