There’s been one consistent factor during the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team’s recent run: Pitching.
Dating back to March 13th, the Crimson Tide have won 11 out of their last 14 games and have relied heavily on a pitching staff that hasn’t given up more than seven runs in a game all season. This past weekend was no different, as for the second year in a row, the Crimson Tide lost the Mobile City Classic to rival Auburn and returned the favor by winning their series in SEC play.
Behind strong performances from Charley Sullivan and Spencer Turnbull, who went a combined 17 innings pitched with only 2 runs given up, the Tide were able to win the series 2-1 and improved their record to 18-11 and sit just 1 game out of first place in the SEC West.
On Tuesday night, Alabama used a strong pitching performance from Tucker Hawley and a pair of three-run home runs in the sixth inning to race past SE Louisiana 9-1. Hawley got a no decision in the game, but kept the Tide in the game until the offense could figure out the Lions in front of 2,958 Crimston Tide faithful. With the win, the Crimson Tide are now 19-11 on the year and are currently ranked 22nd in the polls.
Following a first inning run given up to Tennessee, Spencer Turnbull has now gone 22.2 scoreless innings and will face his toughest test of the season as # 9 Arkansas comes to Sewell-Thomas stadium this weekend.
I’m 2/2 making predictions with Alabama baseball. The nice thing about the Crimson Tide is that anytime you have pitching and defense, you are going to be in the ballgame. That has proven to be the case for the Tide, who have a team ERA of 3.09 and have turned 37 double plays on the year.
Alabama will be meeting an Arkansas team who has won 14 of their last 17 games, and like the Tide, have relied heavily on their pitching staff to keep games close. On paper, Arkansas has the better team ERA, but that is skewed by the amount of unearned runs they have given up. If Alabama can put pressure on the Arkansas defense, Alabama will find a way to win two out of three games this weekend.