For the third consecutive week, Alabama has a “TBA” listed as its third pitcher in a Southeastern Conference baseball series. But after two weeks of Jake Walters filling that to-be-announced spot, the junior right-hander is back in the announced rotation this week.
Alabama will be at Auburn for a three-game series to end regular season Southeastern Conference play Friday-Sunday. This year the Crimson Tide under new coach Greg Goff has been surprisingly terrible, a 2-19 SEC record, and Auburn has been surprisingly good, 14-7 in the league.
For the past two weeks, Alabama has projected Dylan Duarte as its starting first night pitcher and Nick Eicholtz as the second day pitcher. In both weeks, Walters – who started the season as Bama’s first night pitcher – finished up the series.
This week Eicholtz will start the Friday game and Walters the Saturday game.
Once again this week, the SEC schedule includes a couple of Thursday-Saturday series.
Here are the projected starting pitchers for all SEC baseball games this week.
Arkansas (34-12, 13-8 SEC) at Tennessee (23-18, 6-14 SEC)
Arkansas: Thursday - So. RHP Blaine Knight (6-3, 3.48 ERA); Friday - Jr. RHP Trevor Stephan (4-3, 3.54 ERA); Saturday - TBA
Tennessee: Thursday - Sr. RHP Hunter Martin (4-5, 3.07 ERA); Friday - Fr. RHP Garrett Stallings (3-1, 2.83 ERA); Saturday - Jr. LHP Zach Warren (2-4, 5.09 ERA)
Mississippi State (30-16, 14-7 SEC) at Texas A&M (33-13, 13-8 SEC)
Mississippi State: Thursday - So. LHP Konnor Pilkington (5-3, 3.10 ERA); Friday – TBA; Saturday - Jr. RHP Jacob Billingsley (1-1, 4.65 ERA)
Texas A&M: Thursday - Jr. RHP Brigham Hill (6-3, 2.62 ERA); Friday - Jr. RHP Corbin Martin (5-2, 3.13 ERA); Saturday - So. RHP Stephen Kolek (3-2, 3.52 ERA)
Alabama (15-29, 2-19 SEC) at Auburn (32-14, 14-7 SEC)
Alabama: Friday - Sr. RHP Nick Eicholtz (1-2, 5.91 ERA); Saturday - Jr. RHP Jake Walters (4-4, 3.99 ERA); Sunday - TBA
Auburn: Friday - Jr. RHP Keegan Thompson (5-2, 2.05 ERA); Saturday - So. RHP Casey Mize (6-1, 1.23 ERA); Sunday - Fr. RHP Davis Daniel (3-2, 4.97 ERA)
Ole Miss (29-17, 11-10 SEC) at Florida (32-13, 13-8 SEC)
Ole Miss: Friday - So. RHP James McArthur (3-3, 3.08 ERA); Saturday - Fr. LHP Ryan Rolison (6-2, 1.84 ERA); Sunday - Jr. LHP David Parkinson (5-2, 3.34 ERA)
Florida: Friday - Jr. RHP Alex Faedo (6-1, 2.62 ERA); Saturday - So. RHP Brady Singer (5-3, 2.09 ERA); Sunday - So. RHP Jackson Kowar (7-0, 3.90 ERA)
Georgia (17-28, 5-16 SEC) at Kentucky (31-14, 14-7 SEC)
Georgia: Friday - Sr. LHP Andrew Gist (2-3, 4.05 ERA); Saturday - Jr. RHP Chase Adkins (5-5, 3.68 ERA); Sunday - TBA
Kentucky: Friday - So. RHP Sean Hjelle (7-2, 3.67 ERA); Saturday - Jr. LHP Zach Logue (5-4, 4.31 ERA); Sunday - So. RHP Justin Lewis (6-2, 3.31 ERA)
South Carolina (26-17, 10-11 SEC) at LSU (30-15, 13-8 SEC)
South Carolina: Friday - Jr. RHP Wil Crowe (4-4, 3.56 ERA); Saturday - So. RHP Adam Hill (3-3, 2.30 ERA); Sunday - TBA
LSU: Friday - Jr. RH Alex Lange (5-4, 3.31 ERA); Saturday - Sr. LH Jared Poche’ (7-3, 3.55 ERA); Sunday - Fr. RH Eric Walker (5-1, 3.69 ERA)
Missouri (28-18, 8-13 SEC) at Vanderbilt (27-17, 10-10 SEC)
Missouri: Friday - Jr. RHP Cole Bartlett (5-1, 2.84 ERA); Saturday - Jr. RHP Tanner Houck (3-7, 3.19 ERA); Sunday - Jr. RHP Bryce Montes De Oca (3-4, 3.25 ERA)
Vanderbilt: Friday - So. RHP Patrick Raby (7-3, 2.25 ERA); Saturday - Jr. RHP Kyle Wright (2-5, 3.66 ERA); Sunday - So. RHP Chandler Day (7-1, 3.33 ERA