Here is one thing we know about the 2016 Alabama baseball team. The Crimson Tide was good enough to go on the road and defeat LSU in two of three games to open Southeastern Conference play last weekend. But a few days later Bama was bad enough to get blanked by UAB, 8-0, in Birmingham.
Alabama needs to keep all that in mind as the Crimson Tide is in Sewell-Thomas Stadium this weekend for the first SEC home series of the season. Both teams have 13-7 records, but Alabama is 2-1 in SEC play, while the Vols are 1-2.
The series begins at 7 p.m. CDT Friday and the game will air on SECN+. Saturday’s game will be at 8 p.m. and Sunday’s finale at 3. The final two games will be broadcast on the SEC Network.
The Crimson Tide is ranked or receiving votes in all major polls. Bama is 22nd in the latest Baseball America and College Baseball News polls, and is No. 30 in the NCBWA poll. The Tide is also receiving votes in the D1Baseball and USA Today Coaches polls. Tennessee is not ranked in any of the five polls.
Alabama will continue with its regular weekend starting pitchers rotation of all right-handers. Friday’s contest will begin with junior Geoffrey Bramblett while Saturday’s starter will be sophomore Jake Walters. Junior Nick Eicholtz will get the call for the Tide in Sunday’s series finale. The Volunteers have filled two slots for their weekend rotation, both left-handers. Sophomore Zach Warren will start Friday and senior Andy Cox will start Sunday. Tennessee will announce its Saturday starting pitcher later.
The Crimson Tide owns the all-time advantage, 73-35, including a 43-15 mark at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, but Tennessee has won six of the last 10 games.