It’s the nature of baseball that there’s not much time to celebrate wins or anguish over losses, even two one-run losses to the nation’s number three team on walkoff singles as suffered by Alabama at Texas A&M last weeknd.
Alabama could take comfort in coming out of College Station with a convincing victory over the highly-ranked Aggies, but now the Crimson Tide has to prepare for one of those pesky non-conference mid-week games that have been difficult for Bama this year.
Alabama concludes its four-game road streak against the Samford Bulldogs at 6 p.m. CDT Tuesday at Lee Griffin Field in Birmingham.
Samford comes into the game having won two of three games at Kansas.
Alabama and Samford will meet for the 102nd time in a series that dates back to 1894, when Samford was still known as Howard College. The Crimson Tide owns the all-time advantage in the series, 89-12, including a 17-5 mark in Birmingham. The two teams met twice last season, with the Tide winning both games of the home-and-home to extend its winning streak to nine straight games over the Bulldogs.
Bama is 24-17 overall and 9-9 in Southeastern Conference games. The Bulldogs are 23-18, including 6-6 in Southern Conference games. Alabama will host Samford in a return game on May 17.
The Crimson Tide will call on freshman right-hander Brock Love for the Tuesday start. Love will be making his third start of the season and is 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA (2 ER/8 IP) in his first two starts. He has allowed six hits in the starting role and has struck out 13 against only two walks. Overall, Love is 0-0 with a 3.27 ERA (8 ER/22 IP), has allowed 19 hits and seven walks while striking out 25.
The Tide of Coach Mitch Gaspard will host Mississippi State this weekend (Thursday-Saturday). MSU moved up to take over the No. 3 spot in college baseball from Texas A&M.