Bama Hosts Lipscomb Wednesday Night

The Alabama baseball team has a huge series coming up this weekend with the nation's top-ranked team and Southeastern Conference Western Division foe Mississippi State, but first the Tide has a mid-week battle with Lipscomb coming up Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. at The Joe.

Lipscomb is not one of the Tide's stronger out-of-conference opponents, but considering last week's mid-week loss to Troy and being shut out 2-0 by Memphis earlier in the year, there must be more focus for the 11-10 overall, 4-4 Atlantic Sun Conference squad.

"We didn't play very well that night and we looked like we were overmatched by Memphis, and we shouldn't be overmatched by them," Alabama catcher Kody Valverde said.

The Crimson Tide will take on first-time foe Lipscomb this Wednesday. Lipscomb will be the fourth first-time opponent the Tide has faced this season.

"Mid-week teams don't get enough credit," Tide center fielder and leading hitter (.342 average) Emeel Salem said. "We have to take the same approach that we do on the weekends, and that's hard to do at times. It seems like we have to play catch-up a lot and we need to take the same approach as we would with an SEC team, which is easier said than done."

Alabama Head Coach Jim Wells plans to start Jake McCarter Wednesday night. McCarter has nine appearances, but will be making his first start. He has a 2-0 record in relief, and a 1.61 ERA in 22 and one third innings. Opponents are hitting .247 off McCarter, and he has struck out 25 batters against only five walks.

Wells aims to divide the game up between McCarter, junior transfer Patrick Kelly, freshman Miers Quigley and sophomore reliever Josh Copeland in order to have his full staff available for the weekend series with Mississippi State.

Alabama's ace, junior Wade LeBlanc, will start Friday night's game against the Bulldogs. The MSU series is a part of Bama's A-Day weekend festivities. The annual "Fan Day" will take place at Coleman Coliseum from 9-11 a.m., with the Walk-of-Fame ceremony at Denny Chimes later that morning. The A-Day game will kickoff at 1:30 p.m., with Saturday's baseball game set to begin at 3 p.m. (televised by FSN).

Tickets are on sale in advance through the Alabama ticket office in Coleman Coliseum all week or by calling (205) 348-BAMA (2262).

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