Alabama baseball: Two players suspended for opening series against Valparaiso

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Baseball players suspended

Alabama baseball opens its season this weekend against Valparaiso. The starting pitchers will be Sam Finnerty on Friday and Jake Walters on Saturday. On Tuesday, Alabama coach Brad Bohannon announced that outfielder Chandler Taylor and pitcher Deacon Medders are suspended for the first three games of the season because of a violation of team rules. Last season, Taylor ranked third in the SEC with 16 home runs, while Medders went 2-1 as a starting pitcher.

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Looking ahead in recruiting

With Alabama’s 2018 class wrapped up, coach Nick Saban sets his sights toward the 2019 class. Already, Alabama has four commits, including 5-star offensive lineman Pierce Quick. Quick is the No. 23 player in the country, according to 247Sports composite rankings. Our own Chris Kirschner predicted the four players who will join the 2019 class.

Alabama basketball defeats LSU

After weeks of inconsistent play, Alabama basketball managed to defeat an SEC opponent in a midweek game. The Crimson Tide took down LSU 80-65 at home. Forward Donta Hall scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Guard Collin Sexton scored 15 points and forward Braxton Key scored 12.

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Alabama softball is currently ranked No. 9 in the first national poll.

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