It is convenient for Alabama that the Crimson Tide can provide competitive baseball games simply by bringing in teams from around the state. But, as in many areas, convenience comes with a price. That price in the case of college baseball is that teams like South Alabama, Jacksonville State, UAB, Samford, etc. are more than capable of beating Bama.
Look no further than to the middle of last week and Jacksonville State’s 2-1 10-inning win over Alabama in Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
So, let the buyer beware when Alabama (6-5) welcomes Troy at 6 p.m. today. The Tuesday evening game will be available on SEC Network+ with Eli Gold and Lance Cormier announcing.
Alabama and Troy will square off for the 33rd time in series history when the two teams meet Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide holds a 22-10 advantage in the series, a record that improves at home where UA owns an 18-4 mark. Alabama has won eight consecutive games against Troy in Tuscaloosa with the last loss coming in 2006. The Crimson Tide is currently riding a three-game winning streak over the Trojans with wins in Tuscaloosa, at Troy, and in Pensacola in 2014.
The Crimson Tide will call on sophomore right-hander Brock Love for the Tuesday start. Love owns a 1-1 record with a 4.05 ERA (6 ER/13 1/3 IP), striking out 22 against six walks.
Love earned his first career win last week against Louisiana-Monroe, working a career-high tying 4 1/3 relief innings. Love had a career-high 10 strikeouts and retired all 13 batters he faced.
The Trojans will start redshirt senior Austin Crook, a left-hander. Crook has made one start in 2017, his lone appearance on the season, working 6 2/3 innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits and a walk while getting four strikeouts.
Troy was 1-2 last weekend at a tournament in Pensacola, defeating Seton Hall before losing to South Alabama and Southeastern Louisiana.
The Crimson Tide of Coach Greg Goff is on a three-game winning streak following its weekend series sweep against Louisiana-Monroe.
Cobie Vance is leading the Tide in hitting with a .432 average, followed by Chandler Avant at .400. Avant has six multi-hit games for Bama. Chandler Taylor has a team-leading five home runs and 11 RBI and a .725 slugging percentage.
Following the Troy game, Alabama will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff for four games, Thursday-Sunday.