Last week was not a good one for Alabama baseball as the Crimson Tide of new Coach Greg Goff struggled in an 0-4 week. The good news for the Crimson Tide is that Bama continues with its long opening home stand, hosting Louisiana-Monroe in a three-game series this weekend.
The Crimson Tide and Warhawks will meet at 6 p.m. CST Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. The games will be on SEC Network+ (Internet) with Eli Gold and Lance Cormier.
This is not exactly a likely preview of an NCAA Tournament game. Bama’s four losses last week dropped the Crimson Tide record to 3-5. ULM is 4-5 after a 14-5 loss to McNeese State on Wednesday.
Alabama and ULM will meet for the ninth time in series history when the two teams square off on Friday night. The Crimson Tide holds a 6-2 all-time advantage in the series and owns a 4-1 overall mark in Tuscaloosa. The last meeting between the two schools came on April 1, 2014, when Alabama claimed a 3-2 win at home over the Warhawks.
Coach Goff is 4-0 in his career against ULM.
The Crimson Tide’s rotation will remain the same as the first two weekends of play. In Friday’s series opener, senior right-hander Nick Eicholtz will be called on for the start. Saturday’s second contest will feature junior Jake Walters, a righty, while sophomore left-hander Dylan Duarte will get the nod in Sunday’s series finale.
The Warhawks use a trio of righties for the weekend series. Friday’s first game will feature redshirt senior Josh Leone, who is followed by junior Keegan Curtis on Saturday. ULM is set to throw junior Chase Beal on Sunday to close out the series.
Alabama has been led offensively by the top of the lineup, particularly Chandler Avant and Cobie Vance. Vance has hit safely in all eight Tide games this season.