One challenge the baseball program has constantly faced are the NCAA's limitation of scholarships. The NCAA allows programs up to 11.7 athletic scholarships for a roster of close to 40 athletes, placing a financial burden on most players and their families.
The noise emanating in the Hoover Met was not the sound of thunder from a pending storm but instead the clap of Tennessee bats. Just two days after losing to the Crimson Tide in extra-innings, Tennessee hammered the Crimson Tide 11-0 to eliminate Alabama from the SEC Tournament in just seven innings.
Perhaps the most important thing happening is Alabama baseball making its SEC Tournament run for the first time since 2016 and playing in the winners bracket Thursday taking on 6th seed Florida. Statistically speaking, Bama needs one more conference win to get to that sweet spot of 15 total conference wins to make a run at the NCAA tournament.
According to Rick Pendley, Vice President of Alabama’s baseball booster organization, Alabama baseball is officially Hoover bound for the SEC Tournament. The announcement comes after a Missouri loss paired with an inevitable Auburn or Texas A&M series loss this coming weekend. Missouri will finish last in the SEC East and the loser of the Auburn/Texas A&M series this weekend will finish last in the SEC West standings.