Through 34 games, Alabama has already matched their win total from a year ago. Thankfully, they still have 20 games to go and will look to add on to that total this weekend against a struggling Ole Miss squad.
Winners of 22 out of their first 25 games, the Rebels have struggled in conference play, and have lost 8 of their last 10 games to fall to 4-8 in SEC play. Alabama will rely on their pitching and defense again this weekend to keep them in striking distance against an Ole Miss squad that has struggled offensively this year as well.
Reasons why Alabama is in 2nd place in the SEC standings:
Brett Booth. A guy who only walked 10 times all of last season leads the team with 20 this season. On top of that, he leads the SEC defensively with having thrown out 25 runners and is 7th in the SEC with a team-high 30 runs scored.
Closing is out. Alabama is 11 for 11 in save opportunities this year, good for 3rd in the SEC.
ERA. During SEC play, Alabama has the 2nd best ERA in the SEC at 2.19, and leads the league with the fewest runs allowed (4). Also during SEC play, Alabama is third with a .379 on-base percentage, 65 runs scored, and is 2nd with 116 hits.
Spencer Turnbull. In his first four starts, Turnbull was 0-1 with a 5.30 ERA. Since then, he’s allowed one run in his last 30 innings pitched and is 4-0 with a .30 ERA in his last 4 starts.
Charley Sullivan. Like Spencer Turnbull, Charley was 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in his first 4 starts. Since then, he’s 3-1 and has posted a 1.29 ERA.
Double plays. Alabama has turned a total of 38 double plays this season, good for 8th in the country.
Kyle Overstreet. The freshman infielder struggled at the start of his college baseball career, hitting only .182 through his first 16 games. Since then, he’s lit it up, hitting .344 with four doubles and a triple to lead the team.