Jason Jackson reveals the biggest key to Alabama's midweek success

On3 imageby:Griffin McVeigh05/09/23

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Alabama baseball is going through a tough time off the field but has responded well ever since head coach Brad Bohanon was fired. This past weekend resulted in a series win against SEC East leaders Vanderbilt, a huge set of results for the Crimson Tide. Jason Jackson has replaced Bohanon and is off to a good start.

Even when Bohanon was in charge, Alabama has really thrived during midweek games. Jackson is looking to continue the trend, talking about how seriously the team has taken the non-SEC matchups this season. Being able to keep winning ways has been the mindset from the beginning.

“We’ve talked about it kind of being a point of emphasis,” Jackson said. “Coming out in this midweek games and really trying to play our game, right? Not letting ourselves have those lulls. You have these big environments on SEC weekends and sometimes, it’s tough to bring that same intensity on a Tuesday. But I think this group has done a great job of that all year.”

Alabama currently holds an 11-1 midweek record, enjoying a ton of victories before focusing on weekend series. The lone loss came on the road against UAB, dropping one in extra innings to the in-state program. However, besides that one blip, the Crimson Tide has been perfect.

Next up will be Troy, with the two scheduled to face off in Montgomery. Alabama already has a midweek win against the Trojans, coming back in early April. This one will be away from Tuscaloosa though, as Johnson knows a tough test will be ahead of his team due to a good atmosphere.

“This Tuesday will be a great environment down there,” Jackson said. “We haven’t been down there in a few years but I know the last few times we’ve been down there — it’s always a great crowd. It’s a really neat place to play. So, I think that will help for sure.

“The energy and intensity will be good. Troy has a great ball club… We’re going to have our work cut out for us, it’s going to be a great atmosphere. But I know our guys will bring it.”

A win would mean a final record of 12-1 during midweek games. Two final SEC series remain on the schedule to close out the regular season, facing Texas A&M in College Station and Ole Miss at home.

If results continue to be positive, an NCAA Tournament birth should be in store and the midweek record will be one of the many reasons.