Eighth-ranked Alabama heads to Mississippi State this weekend for the Crimson Tide’s second Southeastern Conference series of the year. Bama is 26-2 overall and 3-0 after opening the conference season with a sweep of Arkansas and has a 19-game winning streak. The Bulldogs are 21-5, including a 1-2 SEC mark.
Games will be at Mississippi State’s Nusz Park with Friday and Saturday games at 6 p.m. CDT, the Sunday wrapup at 2 p.m.
Mississippi State is coached by Vann Stuedeman, in her fifth season after having served as an assistant to Patrick Murphy at Alabama.
The trip to Starkville ends a 12-game home stand for the Crimson Tide and seven of the next 11 games will be played away from Rhoads Stadium. Alabama is 19-0 at home, 7-2 away from Tuscaloosa.
Alabama pitching has been superb, led by last week’s National Player of the Week Alexis Osorio. Bama has pitched 18 shutouts with Osorio having a perfect game and the Tide staff combining for four no-hitters.
Osorio has thrown 38-consecutive innings without allowing a run, which passes Stephanie VanBrakle for the longest streak in program history. It is just the fifth time a Tide pitcher has posted a streak of at least 30-straight scoreless innings. Alabama pitchers Osorio and Sydney Littlejohn are currently riding career-best winning streaks, with Osorio at 10 and Littlejohn at nine.
Bevia Robinsson, batting .417, leads the Mississippi State offense. Alexis Silkwood is the Bulldogs’ ace pitcher with 9 wins and a 0.78 earned run average.
Alabama has an all-time record of 57-10 in games against Mississippi State.