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The Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team will return to a place this weekend that has been kind to them in recent years, and this season – home.
This weekend’s series against Mississippi Valley State, which begins on Friday, is the start of a season-long nine-game home stand, where the Crimson Tide has won nearly 250 games over the last decade, including a 4-2 mark so far in 2014.
But through 10 games this season, Alabama has scored the least amount of runs of any team in the Southeastern Conference (39) and owns the third-worst batting average in the conference (.254). On Sunday, though, the Crimson Tide posted new season-highs with 12 runs on 21 hits in a win over No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette.
Mississippi Valley State, which play out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, has not won a game this season and has a team-wide batting average of just .209 and an 8.73 ERA from its pitching staff.
In last season’s lone meeting on May 7, Alabama topped the Delta Devils 8-3 in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama’s expected starting rotation this weekend will see junior right-hander Spencer Turnbull (0-1, 0.61 ERA) on Friday, junior lefty Justin Kamplain (1-1, 3.60 ERA) and sophomore right-hander Ray Castillo (0-0, 6.10 ERA).