Bama Baseball Opens Series Against Hogs

Alabama will be counting on a couple of hot April hitters to continue their play as Bama hosts Arkansas in an important Southeastern Conference series beginning today (Thursday).

Alabama is 23-21, including 8-13 in SEC games, and battling to make the 12-team SEC Tournament field. Arkansas is 26-18 and 11-10 in the conference. The Razorbacks are ranked 23rd in the nation.

The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks meet at Bama’s interim home, the Hoover Met, for games at 6 p.m. CDT today and Friday and Noon Saturday. All will be televised, the first two on the SEC Network and Saturday’s game on ESPN2. Alabama welcomes 23rd-ranked Arkansas for a three-game series inside the Hoover Met. The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks will take part in a Thursday-Saturday trio of games, all of which will air live on national television. The first two contests are scheduled for 6 p.m. CT starts on the SEC Network, with the finale set for a Noon CT first pitch on ESPN2.

Bama center fielder Georgie Salem and freshman switch-hitter Cody Henry have been on a tear over the past month.

Salem started the season batting .218 (22-101) in the first 27 games, but during April he has batted .338 (26-77) to raise his average by .52 points. He has four doubles, three triples, three home runs, 12 runs batted in, 14 runs scored, and four stolen bases in April. He has had nine multi-hit efforts in the 17 games.

It is a pleasant reversal to form for Salem who started the season on a six-game hitting streak, batting .375 (12-32) with two doubles, one triple, two home runs, three RBI, eight runs scored, one walk, and two stolen bases.

Henry has become a huge presence in the middle of the lineup. He has made 14 starts and played in 17 games in the month. During that time he leads Alabama in batting average at .339 (19-56) while also leading the team in on-base percentage (.431).

He has come through with runners on base, batting .538 (14-26). With runners in scoring position, Henry has a.529 (9-17) average in those situations, including driving in six runs when batting with two outs.

Henry started the month with an eight-game hitting streak in which he batted .608 (17-28) with three doubles, a triple, seven RBI, five runs, and seven walks. Henry put together six multi-hit efforts across the stretch of games.

Alabama will continue with its rotation from the past two conference series, starting off the trio of games with senior left-hander Taylor Guilbeau Thursday. The Tide will then follow with freshman righty Jake Walters and wrap up the three-game set with sophomore right-hander Geoffrey Bramblett on Saturday.

Arkansas will send a trio of righties to the mound for the three-game series. The Razorbacks will pitch junior Trey Killian Thursday, sophomore Dominic Taccolini Friday, and freshman Keaton McKinney Saturday.


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