Stuart McNair

SEC’s projected weekend starting pitchers does not include Jake Walters for Alabama

Dylan Duarte will be Alabama’s Friday starter at Ole Miss

There is an interesting development in Alabama baseball this week as the Southeastern Conference announced prospective weekend pitching match-ups for this weekend’s games. Jake Walters, who has been Bama’s normal first game starter is not listed in the rotation.
Word from the Alabama athletics department is only that Walters is not starting this weekend and will not pitch at least until next week with no explanation provided for his absence.
In his place, Dylan Duarte has moved up to the Friday starter when Alabama goes to Ole Miss this weekend with Nick Eicholtz taking the Saturday start. Bama has not announced a Sunday starting pitcher.
As last week, the SEC weekend will begin with two series played Thursday-Saturday, the rest — including Alabama at Ole Miss — Friday-Sunday.
Here are the expected match-ups:
Alabama (13-16, 2-7 SEC) at Ole Miss (17-12, 3-6 SEC)
Alabama: Friday - So. LHP Dylan Duarte (2-1, 2.48 ERA); Saturday - Sr. RHP Nick Eicholtz (1-0, 5.96 ERA); Sunday - TBA
Ole Miss: Friday - So. RHP James McArthur (1-1, 2.00 ERA); Saturday - Jr. LHP David Parkinson (4-2, 2.79 ERA); Sunday - Fr. LHP Ryan Rolison (3-1, 2.08 ERA)
Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8
Missouri (21-8, 4-5 SEC) at Georgia (13-17, 3-6 SEC)
Missouri: Thursday - Jr. RHP Tanner Houck (3-3, 2.98 ERA); Friday - So. LHP Michael Plassmeyer (4-1, 2.97 ERA); Saturday - Jr. RHP Bryce Montes De Oca (2-1, 2.96 ERA)
Georgia: Thursday - Sr. LHP Andrew Gist (1-2, 4.02 ERA); Friday - So. LHP Kevin Smith (1-3, 6.43 ERA); Saturday - Jr. RHP Chase Adkins (4-2, 2.62 ERA)
Vanderbilt (19-11, 4-5 SEC) at South Carolina (20-8, 6-3 SEC)     
Vanderbilt: Thursday - So. RHP Patrick Raby (4-3, 2.47 ERA); Friday - Jr. RHP Kyle Wright (1-4, 5.59 ERA); Saturday - Fr. RHP Drake Fellows (3-0, 2.00 ERA)
South Carolina: Thursday - Jr. RHP Wil Crowe (3-1, 3.00 ERA); Friday - Jr. RHP Clarke Schmidt (4-0 0.90 ERA); Saturday - So. RHP Adam Hill (1-3 2.36 ERA ERA)
Friday-Sunday, April 7-9
LSU (20-10, 5-4 SEC) at Arkansas (24-6, 7-2 SEC)
LSU: Friday - Jr. RHP Alex Lange (3-3, 3.73 ERA); Saturday - Sr. LHP Jared Poche’ (6-1, 1.15 ERA); Sunday - Fr. RHP Eric Walker (3-0, 3.03 ERA)
Arkansas: Friday - So. RHP Blaine Knight (4-1, 2.23 ERA); Saturday - Jr. RHP Trevor Stephan (4-2, 2.92 ERA); Sunday - TBA
Auburn (23-8, 7-2 SEC) at Texas A&M (20-10, 3-6 SEC)
Auburn: Friday - So. RHP Casey Mize (4-1, 1.58 ERA); Saturday - Jr. RHP Keegan Thompson (4-0, 0.70 ERA); Sunday - Fr. RHP Davis Daniel (2-1, 4.83 ERA)
Texas A&M: Friday - Jr. RHP Brigham Hill (5-2, 2.60 ERA); Saturday - Jr. RHP Corbin Martin (3-2, 3.90 ERA); Sunday - So. RHP Stephen Kolek (1-2, 5.15 ERA)
Tennessee (15-11, 1-8 SEC) at Florida (20-9, 5-4 SEC)
Tennessee: Friday - Sr. RHP Hunter Martin (4-2, 3.10 ERA); Saturday - Fr. RHP Garrett Stallings (2-0, 3.03 ERA); Sunday - TBA
Florida: Friday - Jr. RHP Alex Faedo (5-1, 2.18 ERA); Saturday - So. RHP Brady Singer (4-1, 1.47 ERA); Sunday - So. RHP Jackson Kowar (4-0, 2.40 ERA)
Kentucky (21-9, 7-2 SEC) at Mississippi State (20-11, 6-3 SEC)
Kentucky: Friday - So. RHP Sean Hjelle (4-2, 4.98 ERA); Saturday - Jr. LHP Zach Logue (5-1, 2.22 ERA); Sunday - RSo. RHP Justin Lewis (4-1, 2.83 ERA)             
Mississippi State: Friday - So. LHP Konnor Pilkington (7-7, 3.05 ERA); Saturday - TBA; Sunday - TBA


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