UAB vs Alabama
Where: Rhoads Stadium
When: Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Records: UAB 14-20, Alabama: 36-2
Radio: 93.3 FM
After winning the series against Mississippi State, Alabama has a conference record of 7-2, one win ahead of No. 5 LSU.
Statistically, Alabama is dominating the conference, which has 10 teams ranked in the top 25.
It has drawn 64 walks, 15 more than second place LSU, stolen 17 bases, five more than second place and hit 21 home runs, which is one more than second. It also has a .456 on-base percentage and .623 slugging percentage, both of which also lead the SEC, while its pitching has allowed just four home runs in the nine conference games.
The Crimson Tide is second in batting average (.310) and walks allowed (19), while ranking third in four different categories.
Nationally, it is seventh in the country with 86 stolen bases and sixth with 59 home runs.
Alabama has struck out only 118 times, which is the third least in the SEC.
Up and down the lineup, Alabama has been consistent, as six of the regular starters are hitting above .300. Kaylee Tow leads the team with a .372 average, which is 20th in the conference.
Slugger Bailey Hemphill is second on the team, hitting .339. Her 16 home runs are tied for second in the conference. She also leads the country with 54 RBIs.
Tow leads the conference in walks with 44, which is only 30 behind last place Ole Miss. Her 41 runs scored is third in the conference. Center fielder Elissa Brown is second in the conference with 25 steals.
In the 24-game series, the Crimson Tide has never lost to the Blazers. The last matchup was on March 20, 2018, where Alabama won 10-5.
The Blazer’s ace is Emily Kachel, who is 4-6 on the season. She owns a 3.85 ERA in 67 1/3 innings pitched. She has limited hitters to a .228 batting average, .068 lower than the next closest pitcher.
Like the Tide, the Blazers have more than half of their starters hitting over .300, as Natalie Erwin and Faith Hegh pace the team with a .361 average. Sierra Frazier leads the team with five home runs, while Dylinn Stancil has knocked in a team-high 22 RBIs.
UAB has stolen just 21 bases in its 34 games this year. Catcher Sarah Crawford and Erwin are tied with four. Alabama catchers have allowed just 11 stolen bases this year.