Stuart McNair

Alabama closes out baseball season at Vanderbilt

Alabama Coach Greg Goff’s first season has been trying

Thank goodness for Auburn. The Alabama baseball season comes to a merciful close this weekend at Vanderbilt, ending a rough ride for the Crimson Tide in Coach Greg Goff’s first season.

Alabama is 19-32 overall and 5-22 in Southeastern Conference games. The Tide has played nine three-game SEC series and been swept in six of them, lost two of three in two, and at Auburn had its highlight weekend, defeating the Tigers in all three games.

Vandy, meanwhile, is 31-21 overall and 13-13 in conference games.

Bama has struggled in all phases of the game this year and will have a new pitching rotation for this season-ending series. Freshman Deacon Medders is scheduled to start Thursday’s series opener, his first SEC start of his collegiate career. On Friday, the Tide will look to junior Jake Walters while the series finale will feature senior Nick Eicholtz.

The Commodores have announced starters for the first two games of the series with Saturday’s starter still to be announced. Sophomore right-hander Patrick Raby will get the nod in Thursday’s opener before junior righty Kyle Wright takes the hill on Friday.

Games at Hawkins Field in Nashville begin at 6:30 p.m. CDT Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Alabama and Vanderbilt will meet for the 153rd time on Thursday night in Nashville to start the three game series. The Crimson Tide holds the 92-58-2 all-time advantage in UA’s longest-standing SEC pairing in program history that dates back to 1893 - Alabama baseball’s second year in existence. The Tide holds a 27-24 advantage in games played in Nashville, but VU has won four of the last five series on their home turf.

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