The great ball the Diamond Dawgs have been playing this season had to even out right? Well, sure, but not all in one series, right? Maybe not. This weekend's games on the Capstone were as bad as the team has played this year. Seven errors (including two dropped fly balls), sixteen walks, and six unearned runs led to a Bama series win, two games to one. Tuscaloosa has always been a house of horrors (last series win there was in 1993) and this week was no exception.
I'll look at the bright side, though. Avoiding the sweep this early in the season was crucial. No SEC East team won their series this weekend, so we didn't lose any divisional ground. The freshmen got a taste of SEC ball which should give them an idea of what it takes to compete at a serious college level. They had varied reactions in Tuscaloosa. Johnathan Taylor only had two hits this weekend, way under his early season production. Levi Hyams, though, was great, leading the team to the Sunday victory with a pair of hits. So good was Hyams, in fact, that Perno may move him to short and slide Demperio back to second.
The team has better baseball in them and I'd expect them to show it this week. Alex McRee will be back soon (we hope). Perno plans to platoon more in order to help the offense. The Dawgs travel to Georgia State midweek, before returning to Foley Field to host Moo State this weekend.