Auburn-Alabama Prepare for Weekend Faceoff

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Alabama baseball coach Jim Wells doesn't see all that much difference between the Crimson Tide and Auburn, just two once-hot teams trying to overcome some deficiencies and strengthen their postseason chances.

The Tide (22-and-16, 7-and-8 Southeastern Conference) and Tigers (25-and-15, 4-and-11) both enter their three-game series starting Friday at Plainsman Park with those goals in mind.

Both teams have struggled since getting off to fast starts and are coming off one-run nonconference losses. They also need to finish strong to make the eight-team SEC tournament in Hoover.

The Tigers have left themselves with little margin for error. Auburn has lost three straight games and has the SEC's worst league mark despite showing improvement since an 0-8 start.

Alabama is in better shape to make the league tournament, currently in the eighth spot midway through the SEC season.

But both teams have been slumping, going 18-27 combined over the last 45 games and struggling to hit for power.

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