Ace Pitcher Connor Prielipp Returns This Weekend
Alabama Crimson Tide baseball ace pitcher Connor Prielipp is set to return to the mound this Saturday in the Tide’s home series against Auburn according to Kendall Rogers. Prielipp has been out since the opening game on February 19th due to an undisclosed medical condition.
During Prielipp’s opening game against McNeese, he pitched for 5 innings facing 19 batters with only 4 hits, 0 runs, and 0 errors. Alabama won that game 10-6.
Prielipp was named First Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball News late last year, was named to the All-SEC first team as a starting pitcher, and was selected as a Preseason First Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball News and D1Baseball.com as well as a few others entering his sophomore year, and got a Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List honor from USA Baseball. Prielipp had a perfect 0.00 ERA in 21 innings pitched and allowed the fewest hits in SEC play.
Having Prielipp back for the Tide’s second-half stretch is huge news. Alabama currently sits 19-12 and 5-7 in conference play. The latest in conference sweep against Texas A&M this past weekend has re-sparked conversation about Alabama baseball making it to Hoover for the SEC tournament in May. The 7 conference losses were against #1 Arkansas, at the time #3 Ole Miss, and then #9 Tennessee. Since those games, Ole Miss has slipped to 6th in the rankings and Tennessee has moved up to the 5th spot.
The Auburn series will kick off at The Joe Thursday night at 6 p.m. followed by another 6 p.m. game Friday and closing Saturday evening at 4 p.m.