Alabama Faces LSU in Crucial Rubber Match at Sewell-Thomas Stadium

Alabama and LSU are tied 1-1 in their baseball series, with the Crimson Tide winning Game 1 8-7 and the Tigers taking Game 2 6-3. The rubber match is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. CT, with Alabama's Ben Hess facing LSU's Samuel Dutton.

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Alabama Faces LSU in Crucial Rubber Match at Sewell-Thomas Stadium

Alabama Faces LSU in Crucial Rubber Match at Sewell-Thomas Stadium

The Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team is set to take on the LSU Tigers in a pivotal rubber match on Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The series is currently tied 1-1, with Alabama winning Game 1 on Friday night 8-7 and LSU bouncing back to take Game 2 on Saturday 6-3.

Alabama will send left-handed pitcher Ben Hess (3-4, 6.89 ERA) to the mound. Hess has struggled in SEC play and will be making his second appearance in the Sunday slot. LSU will counter with right-handed pitcher Samuel Dutton (0-1, 4.09 ERA), who has been mainly used as a relief arm and will be making his second start of the year.

Alabama's record now stands at 31-19 overall and 11-15 in SEC play, while LSU moves to 33-19 and 10-16 in conference play. LSU head coach Jay Johnson praised his team's response after a tough loss on Friday, saying, "I think it showed a lot about the human beings in our dugout and in our program." preview

In Saturday's game, the Tigers built a four-run lead late and held on for the win, unlike in Game 1 where they let Alabama come back. A three-run seventh inning, featuring a triple from Michael Braswell III and an RBI single from Josh Pearson, proved to be the difference.

Alabama leads the all-time series with LSU, which dates back to 1906, 201-181-3. However, LSU has won 14 of the last 16 regular season series, including a sweep in Baton Rouge last season. The Crimson Tide enter the game ranked No. 22 in Perfect Game and No. 25 in USA TODAY Sports Coaches polls.

Sunday's rubber match is crucial for both teams, who are near the bubble for the NCAA Tournament. A series win on the road would significantly boost LSU's postseason hopes. The game will be streamed on SEC Network+ at 1 p.m. CT and broadcast on radio via the Crimson Tide Sports Network.

Key Takeaways

  • Alabama and LSU are tied 1-1 in their series, with the rubber match on Sunday.
  • Ben Hess (3-4, 6.89 ERA) will start for Alabama, while Samuel Dutton (0-1, 4.09 ERA) will start for LSU.
  • Alabama is 31-19 overall and 11-15 in SEC play, while LSU is 33-19 and 10-16 in conference play.
  • The series win is crucial for both teams' NCAA Tournament hopes.
  • The game will be streamed on SEC Network+ at 1 p.m. CT and broadcast on radio via the Crimson Tide Sports Network.