The Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team will look to repeat a bit of history when they meet Auburn on the diamond this weekend. Last year, Auburn beat Bama 8-3 in the Max Capital City Classic, and the Crimson Tide returned the favor by sweeping the 21st-ranked Tigers in SEC play later on in the year. On March 5, the Tigers again dealt the Tide a 6-3 loss in the Capital Classic, and the Crimson Tide hope to win the games that matter as they meet this weekend in Auburn.
A series win this weekend would go a long way toward putting Alabama in a regional, as well as likely end any hope Auburn has for making one. With the toughest part of their schedule coming up, a series win would push Alabama’s SEC record to 7-2/8-1 and firmly push them to the top of the SEC west standings.
I said last week that in order to make a regional Alabama would need to not get swept on the road, and I was admittedly a little leery of how they’d fare against a Georgia team that on paper, has a ton of talent. Last weekends sweep of the Bulldogs was a good sign, and showed that this team is learning how to finish off opponents and not let them linger around. Tuesday night showed the opposite side of that coin, as Alabama had chances against an inferior opponent but couldn’t cash them in and were dealt a 1-0 loss by the 10-16 UAB Blazers. With tough series against Arkansas, Ole Miss, and LSU coming up, it’s important for Alabama to pad the win column and keep the confidence of these young guys up.
I know that Auburn has already beaten Alabama once this season, but the Tide had multiple opportunities in that game and couldn’t push runs across. I am predicting that game and the Tuesday night loss to UAB will have the coaches in their ears about performing better, and we see the Tide come out of Auburn with a third straight SEC series win this year.