Bama Hosts Nova in Last Snowbird Series

The University of Alabama baseball team (6-1) hosts Villanova (2-1) in the squad's last of two snowbird series this weekend beginning with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on Friday night featuring Alabama versus cold climate teams.

Saturday's game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and Sunday's finale is slated for 11:00 a.m. After Villanova, which is located in Philadelphia, Pa., is followed on the schedule by UAB on Wednesday and McNeese State next weekend.

Jim Wells will start Bama's ace pitcher Tommy Hunter on Friday night, with sophomores Miers Quigley and Casey Kebodeaux scheduled to pitch on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Alabama swept Canisius in three games last weekend and took the first series of the year against Georgia State in week one. Bama's only loss was in a 12-inning affair to Troy on Valentine's Day. Bama is off to its best start since 2002 when it opened the season 7-0.

Sophomore right fielder Kent Matthes is coming off his best weekend ever as a college player. The Orlando, Florida native earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors last week after going 7 for 17 on the week with four home runs and 10 runs batted in. One of the home runs was an inside-the-park home run against Troy, a game in which he also had a triple and robbed a Troy hitter of what might have been a grand slam.

Alabama outscored Canisius 33-8 in the series and have outscored opponents 66-21 on the season.

Villanova started its season last week winning two of three at Norfolk State scoring a combined total of just four runs in the three games. They won 1-0 on Friday, 2-0 on Saturday and lost 2-1 on Sunday. Mike Loree, who pitched five scoreless innings in the season opener, is scheduled to start on Friday night. Josh Eidell, who pitched four scoreless innings on Saturday against Norfolk, is scheduled to start game two of the series and Bill Hoffman, who took the loss last Sunday, is expected to start on Sunday.

This weekend marks the first ever meeting in baseball between Alabama and Villanova in their 258 combined years of fielding a baseball team.

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