Weather took away Alabama’s Tuesday game against Troy, postponing it until May 12. As of Tuesday morning, UA still has a 2 p.m. Wednesday game scheduled with Alabama State, to be broadcast on SEC Network+.
The Hornets are one of the favorites in the SWAC (alongside Southern and Jackson State) and they solidified that status on opening weekend by sweeping the Andre Dawson Classic: 12-0 over Prairie View A&M in seven innings, 6-5 over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and 5-2 over Southern in 10 innings.
Senior outfielder Cameron Hearn was the standout hitter: he hit .429 and was responsible for two of Alabama State’s six extra-base hits, one triple and one home run. Juniors Ian Matos and Dylan Espinal hit .417 each, both going 5-for-12 and driving in three runs each; two of Espinal’s five hits were doubles. Cristopher DeGuzman drew three walks, hit .300 and stole a base.
Alabama State also has the SWAC Preseason Player of the Year in catcher/DH Santiago Garcia, who hit .308 over opening weekend.
Britt Buckelew had a really good relief outing, but he threw five innings on Sunday, so I’m curious about his availability for a Wednesday game — especially when Alabama State is hosting Oakland and Eastern Illinois over the weekend, games one could argue it needs to win more than this midweek game in Tuscaloosa.