- What: Ragin’ Cajuns (4-4) vs. No. 25 Alabama (6-2)
- When: 3 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday
- Where: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium (Hoover, Ala.), capacity 10,500
- Starting pitchers
- Friday — Cajuns: Fr. RHP Evan Guillory (1-0, 2.80), Alabama: Sr. LHP Taylor Guilbeau (1-1, 2.25 ERA)
- Saturday — Cajuns: Sr. RHP Greg Milhorn (0-0, 2.70), Alabama: Jr. RHP Will Carter (1-0, 2.61)
- Sunday — Cajuns: TBA, Alabama: So. RHP Geoffrey Bramblett (2-0, 2.19 ERA)
- Radio play-by-play: Friday: 1420 AM, Dan McDonald, Saturday/Sunday: 96.5 FM, Dan McDonald
- TV: SEC Network +
- Internet streaming options: All three games will stream on ESPN3
- On deck: Northwestern State, 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 4
- In the hole: Troy, March 6-8 (SBC opener)
LINKS TO KNOW
- Ragin’ Cajuns face another tough test in No. 25 Alabama
- Reliever Colton Lee resurrected his career by changing his technique
- BLOG: Colton Lee’s slider is his secret weapon
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
- The Cajuns took two of three last year against Alabama at home … but that was last year. This year, coach Tony Robichaux is hopeful that his young team gains some valuable experience in a road environment against a talented team. He obviously wants his squad to come away with a series win, but more importantly, he wants his team to learn a lesson from playing a tough team in a challenging environment, even if that means taking one on the chin.
WHAT TO WATCH
- Alabama has a pair of local products who will likely play prominent roles this weekend. First baseman Chance Vincent played his high school ball at Acadiana High, and while he’s gotten off to a slow start this season (five hits in 31 at bats), he’s third on the team with seven runs driven in this year. The Tide’s Friday starter, Taylor Guilbeau, prepped at Zachary High School, a little more than an hour away from Lafayette.
- How will the Cajuns’ freshman arms fare against top-notch competition? They’ve performed at a high level since the Cajuns dropped two of three in their season-opening series against UTSA, but Alabama will be far and away the most challenging lineup they’ve faced to date. Pay close attention to how Evan Guillory, the Cajuns Friday starter, pitches. He’s been the Cajuns best starter through the first few weeks.
- After two up and down performances, it looks like Chris Charpentier’s days in the weekend rotation are over — for now at least. The Cajuns will use a Johnny Allstaff approach Sunday, likely getting through the game by using one pitcher per inning. Robichaux will announce the starter Saturday after he’s gauged what’s left of his bullpen, but that is in title only. The Cajuns specifically want to get a look at freshman Connor Toups, who has not yet pitched this year.
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT
- Alabama sophomore right-fielder Casey Hughston has gotten off to a torrid start for the Tide. He leads the SEC in batting average (.636!!!), slugging percentage (1.061), hits (21), doubles (6), RBI (15), and total bases (35). He’s not the only member of the lineup that’s been wrecking opposing pitching, though. Kyle Overstreet is hitting .406 and has 14 RBI of his own, speedster Georgie Salem is leading the conference in stolen bases (8), and slick-fielding shortstop Mikey White is getting it done at the plate as well (.345 batting average).