Alabama baseball visits Kentucky in need of wins

Alabama comes to Cliff Hagan Stadium tonight for a three-game series with Kentucky needing a hot streak to make the SEC Tournament.

The top 10 conference teams qualify for the league tourney, May 22-27 at Regions Park in Hoover, Alabama. The Tide is currently 12th of the 12 SEC teams, with a 7-17 record. Tennessee is 11th at 8-16. Auburn is 10th at 11-14.

This is the next-to-last weekend of the regular season.

“It’s like every year,” Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard told the Birmingham News. “We’re just in a different position. We’re looking up at everybody. As we all know in the league, one weekend can change so much. If you can have one good weekend, all of a sudden you look up and you’re breathing again. You’ve got a shot.”

Kentucky is second in the SEC East. The Cats are 15-9 in league play, while South Carolina and West Division leader LSU are both 16-8.

Alabama brings an 0-12 road record in league play to Lexington. The Tide has been swept at Arkansas, LSU, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Bama will throw two freshmen pitchers in the series’ first two games. Spencer Turnbull, who is 2-4 with a 4.56 ERA, will pitch tonight. Jon Keller, 1-5 with a 4.14 ERA, will pitch Saturday.

Tonight’s opener is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

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