Alabama has an important – and a difficult – weekend baseball series against Ole Miss as the Crimson Tide hosts the nationally-ranked Rebels in three games beginning Friday. The second game of the series on Saturday is at 5 p.m. CDT to accommodate those attending Alabama’s 2 p.m. A-Day football game in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The series kicks off with a 7 p.m. Friday and concludes Sunday with first pitch at 1.
Alabama has been very good in Sewell-Thomas Stadium this year with a 12-4 home record compared to 8-9 on the road to account for a 20-13 record, including a 6-6 Southeastern Conference mark. Ole Miss is 25-8, also 6-6 in the conference after a sweep of 21st ranked Arkansas in Oxford last weekend.
Bama is coming off a mid-week home win against UAB, while the Rebels fell to 18th-ranked Southern Miss, 5-1, Wednesday.
At home, Alabama is batting .290 (140-483) compared to a .231 (133-576) mark on the road. The Tide has also scored 94 runs at home and only 56 away from Tuscaloosa.
On the pitching side, the Crimson Tide owns a 2.47 ERA (39 ER/142.0 IP) at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, compared to a 4.17 ERA (69 ER/149.0 IP) as the visiting squad. Alabama’s pitchers have used the new park to their advantage, limiting opposing hitters to a .210 (107-509) average at home as opposed to a .288 (165-589) mark on the road.
While Alabama is receiving votes in various national baseball polls, the Rebels are ranked in all five rankings, including No. 8 by Baseball America.
The Crimson Tide of Coach Mitch Gaspard will go with its regular pitching rotation. Junior right-hander Geoffrey Bramblett will face off against Brady Bramlett, also a junior righty, on Friday. The Saturday game has Bama sophomore right-hander Jake Walters facing the Rebels’ soph left-hander David Parkinson. Junior right-hander Nick Eicholtz is Alabama’s Sunday starter. Mississippi has not named its pitcher for Sunday.
Alabama and Ole Miss will meet for the 352nd time in series history when the two teams square off on Friday night. The Crimson Tide owns the all-time advantage, 206-143-2, including a 126-74-1 mark in Tuscaloosa. The two teams last met in the 2015 SEC Tournament, with Alabama claiming a 6-1 victory to advance to the double-elimination round of the conference tourney. In the regular season last year, Ole Miss took two of three from the Tide to claim the series victory in Oxford. Bama swept the Rebels in the 2014 series in Tuscaloosa.