Stuart McNair

Alabama baseball continues long home stand against Southern Miss

Chandler Taylor’s four hits for Alabama are three homers and a triple

Alabama continues in its long home stand with the fourth of its 21 scheduled games to open 2017 under new coach Greg Goff when the Crimson Tide hosts Southern Miss in a single game Tuesday. First pitch in Sewell-Thomas Stadium is at 6 p.m. CST. The game will be televised on SEC Network+ with longtime Bama football radio play-by-play man Eli Gold on the call, assisted by former Tide pitching star Lance Cormier as color man.
Alabama is 2-1 after a season-opening series in which the Tide took the first two games from Presbyterian before falling, 4-3, in the final on Sunday. Southern Miss opened the season with a three-game sweep of Northeastern in which the Golden Eagles outscored NEU by a total of 31-12. USM is coming off a 41-20 record and appearance in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional in 2016.
Although the Crimson Tide has an all-time 72-31 advantage in the series, USM has won the last four games and six of the last 10.
The Tide will send sophomore right-hander Brock Love to the hill. He finished his first season in Tuscaloosa with a 3.30 ERA (11 ER/30.0 IP) in 11 appearances including four starts, but no decisions. He had an impressive 33 strikeouts against only 8 bases on balls. Love pitched in Friday’s season opener, throwing four innings and striking out five to claim his first career save. Southern Miss will go with junior right-hander Taylor Braley, who has not pitched this season and had only one-third inning pitching last year.
Hunter Alexander leads the Tide in hitting with 6-11 and a .545 average and has a home run. Cobie Vance is at .462 and Cody Henry .400. Chandler Taylor is 4-12 with three of his hits home runs and the other a triple, giving him an impressive 1.250 slugging percentage. He has seven runs batted in.

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