Tide Baseball Hosts Alabama A&M Tuesday

Following last weekend’s 0-3 performance at the hands of Arkansas, the Alabama baseball team is below .500 in all games played and 8-16 in Southeastern Conference contests. That may reduce the interest in a make-up double-header Tuesday at the Hoover Met.

Alabama wraps up its six-game home-stand hosting Alabama A&M in a double-header that is a make-up from games that were washed out March 10. It is Bama’s last double-header of the season.

Tuesday’s games begin at 1 p.m. CDT with the second game to follow 30 minutes after the first game.

Alabama will toss sophomore right-hander Nick Eicholtz in game one. The Crimson Tide has yet to determine a starter for the second game of the day. Eicholtz will be making his fifth start of the season, coming off a loss in his most recent start vs. Southern Miss last Tuesday.

Alabama A&M’s two starters are still to be determined. A&M’s pitchers have a 5.51 ERA (247 ER/403.2 IP) and have recorded 359 strikeouts to rank second in the conference in that category.

Alabama A&M is batting .304 as a team and leads the SWAC in home runs. The Bulldogs also rank among the top three in numerous other offensive categories including average (third), slugging (second), hits (2nd), and RBI (3rd). The Bulldogs have eight everyday players batting above .300.

The Crimson Tide is on a four-game losing streak. In addition to being swept by No. 23 Arkansas, Bama fell to Southern Miss in a rain-shortened mid-week game last week. The sweep was just the second time this season that the Crimson Tide has fallen in all three games of a series. Alabama also fell victim to the sweep in its series with then No. 3 LSU.

Following the two games against A&M, the Crimson Tide will travel to Auburn for a three-game, weekend series with the Tigers. The two rivals are scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch on Friday, followed by a 3 p.m. start on Saturday and a 1 p.m. finale.


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