Alabama ended its 2017 season with a 3-3 tie with Vanderbilt. Shortly after it decided to make a head coaching change, signaling the end of Greg Goff, who had been with the team for one season and had one of its worst SEC finishes in program history. Eight days later athletic director Greg Byrne turned to Brad Bohannon to lead Alabama.
Alabama opened its season with a two hour practice on Monday. The practice was the first of Brad Bohanan's career as head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
On June 1, Greg Byrne made his first hire as the University of Alabama’s athletic director. Who did he choose? An assistant coach from the school’s biggest rival: Auburn. Brad Bohannon is the 32nd coach in baseball history. He comes in after a shaky season under Greg Goff, who lasted just one year.
Two current Alabama baseball players were selected on the last day of the MLB draft on Wednesday. Chandler Taylor was drafted in the 27th round, No. 796 overall, while Garrett Suchey was drafted in the 26th round, No. 780 overall. With the two selections, Alabama has had a player selected in 39 consecutive drafts.
With the hire of Brad Bohannon, Alabama will start its season with a different coach for the third time in as many years.
Game one of Alabama's final home stand set the tone for the rest of the series. Alabama, who had just won its first SEC series against rival Auburn, sent its ace Jake Walters to the mound to face Florida’s ace Alex Faedo. The two aces went pitch for pitch through seventh innings.