TUSCALOOSA, AL -
After suffering a series set-back to Mississippi State on the final weekend of the regular season, the Alabama Crimson Tide (34-21, 15-14 SEC) enters the 2014 SEC Baseball Tournament as the eighth seed. Alabama opens the tournament against the ninth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats (32-22, 14-16 SEC) on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m. CT at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
The game will be televised on CSS with Matt Stewart and Rusty Ensor calling the action. The game will also be available on ESPN3/WatchESPN. Tuesday’s game is a single-elimination game and the winner will play the No. 1 seeded Florida Gators on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. CT.
The Crimson Tide will start freshman right-handed pitcher Nick Eicholtzon Tuesday versus Kentucky. During the regular season, Eicholtz appeared in 19 games with eight starts, posting a 3-1 record with a 3.06 ERA in 50 innings. The Wildcats will counter with junior left-handed pitcher A.J. Reed, who was just named the SEC Pitcher of the Week. Reed enters Tuesday’s game with a 10-2 record with a 2.11 ERA. Reed has started 14 games in 2014, posting 66 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .229 batting average.
Alabama remained ranked this season with the release of the collegiate baseball polls on Monday. The Tide is ranked No. 24 by Baseball America and No. 25 by Perfect Game USA and in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The NCBWA top-30 poll has not been announced.