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Southeastern Conference Play Opens for Baseball with Trip to Second-Ranked Florida

Southeastern Conference Play Opens for Baseball with Trip to Second-Ranked Florida

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – No. 22 Alabama baseball begins Southeastern Conference play with a trip to Gainesville to take on the second-ranked Florida Gators. The two teams will open the series on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. CT followed by a 5:30 p.m. start on Friday and a 3 p.m. first pitch in the series finale. The Tide and Gators will be televised nationally on SEC Network for Thursday’s matchup with the final two games airing on SEC Network+.

Follow the Tide

Fans can follow the series via the below outlets:

Watch: SEC Network (Thursday) / SEC Network+ (Friday and Saturday)

Listen: 100.9 FM / CTSN / The Varsity App

Twitter: @AlabamaBSB

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Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

THURSDAY: UA – TBA vs. UF – Brandon Sproat (Jr., RHP)

FRIDAY: UABen Hess (So., RHP) vs. UF – Hurston Waldrep (Jr., RHP)

SATURDAY: UAGrayson Hitt (Jr., LHP) vs. UF – Jac Caglianone (So., LHP)

Leading Off

  • Alabama and Florida will meet for the 126th time in history when the series opens on Thursday night. The Gators lead the all-time series, 67-58, including a 33-18 mark in Gainesville.
  • The most recent meeting between the two teams came at the SEC Tournament on May 28 of last season with the Gators claiming an 11-6 win. It was the fourth matchup of the season as Florida traveled to Tuscaloosa for a weekend series from March 18-20. That series saw UF earn wins in games one and two before the Tide came away with an 8-7 victory in the finale.
  • Alabama’s last trip to Gainesville came from March 29-31, 2019. The Gators swept that series.
  • Alabama’s starter for the series opener will be sophomore right-hander Hagan Banks. The Crimson Tide will then look to its regular game two starter in right-hander Ben Hess on Friday night with lefty Grayson Hitt getting the call in Saturday’s series finale.
  • Florida will send right-hander Brandon Sproat to the mound for the series opener with fellow righty Hurston Waldrep to follow on Friday. Things wrap up on Saturday with the Gators throwing left-hander Jac Caglianone.

About Alabama

  • Alabama heads to Gainesville after going 2-2 over the last four games. The Tide earned one win last weekend over Columbia before shutting out South Alabama in Mobile on Tuesday evening.
  • The duo of Luke Holman and Alton Davis II combined to shut out South Alabama 4-0 on Tuesday evening at Stanky Field in Mobile.
  • Holman was…

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