Baseball Set To Host Arkansas-Pine Bluff This Weekend

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Senior Jared Reaves has started the last 66 games at shortstop for the Tide.
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Senior Jared Reaves has started the last 66 games at shortstop for the Tide.
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Feb. 23, 2012

UA Notes_Arkansas-Pine Bluff

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama baseball team will play three home games this weekend against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions. The series begins on Friday, Feb. 24, with first pitch at 6:05 p.m. (CST) at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.  The series continues on Saturday at 2:05 p.m., and wraps up on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

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PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
FRIDAY                         W-L   ERA    G/GS  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO
UA-Taylor Guilbeau (Fr., LHP)  0-1   1.80   1/1   5.0  3   1  1   2   4
UAPB-Jordan Schler (Jr., LHP)  0-1   24.00  1/1   3.0  10  8  8   1   2

SATURDAY                        W-L  ERA    G/GS  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO
UA-Charley Sullivan (Jr., RHP)  0-1  9.00   1/1   4.0  6   4  4   0   2
UAPB-Michael Newby (Sr., RHP)   0-1  9.95   2/1   6.1  8   8  7   1   3

SUNDAY                          W-L  ERA    G/GS  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO
UA-Justin Kamplain (Fr., LHP)   0-1  6.00   1/1   3.0  3   4  2   3   4
UAPB-Stanten Jones (Jr., LHP)   0-1  15.00  1/1   3.0  5   6  5   7   4

ABOUT THE SERIES
Alabama is off to an 0-3 start for the first time since 1952, after dropping all three games of the season opening series to Florida Atlantic.  UA was outscored by the Owls, 25-8, and out-hit by FAU 39-20. Arkansas-Pine Bluff is 0-4 to open the season, following a 13-8 loss to Louisiana Tech on Tuesday night. UAPB opened the season with a three-game series against Arkansas-Little Rock. The Golden Lions dropped all three games of the series to UALR by scores of 13-0, 10-2, and 13-4. The series against Arkansas-Pine Bluff will mark the first ever games played between the two schools in baseball.

Alabama had won five straight season openers before dropping game one of the series to FAU, 5-2. The Crimson Tide hit .204 last weekend, while the Owls posted a .333 average against 13 different Tide pitchers. UA threw six freshmen pitchers in the FAU series.

As a team, Arkansas-Pine Bluff is hitting .185 after four games. The leading hitter for UAPB is junior shortstop Sean Samsa with a .308 average, and also leads the team with three runs scored. Junior outfielder Jacob Whitney leads the club with five of the team’s 12 RBI. Through four games, the UAPB pitching staff has an 11.18 ERA, while allowing 12.3 runs per game.

Alabama is 56-4 all-time against teams from the Southwest Athletic Conference. The Tide posted an 8-0 record against the SWAC last season, defeating Alcorn State and Alabama State three times and Mississippi Valley State twice. UA is 14-3 against Jackson State, 3-0 versus Alabama A&M, 14-1 against Alcorn State, 15-0 against MVSU, 16-0 versus Alabama State and 4-0 against Southern. The Tide has never played Grambling State, Texas Southern, Prairie View or Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

TIDE PITCHERS
• The Tide started a pair of freshmen pitchers in Taylor Guilbeau (Friday) and Justin Kamplain (Sunday) the first weekend of the season.
• Guilbeau became the first true freshman to start the opening game of the season since freshmen were allowed to play varsity sports in 1973.
• In his debut, Guilbeau allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched.
• Kamplain lasted 3.0 innings after allowing four runs (2 earned) on three hits with four strikeouts in his debut.
• JC transfer Ian Gardeck made two ninth inning appearances on the weekend, throwing 2.0 innings, allowing one hit with three strikeouts.
• Gardeck had all three strikeouts in 1.0 inning in his UA debut in the season opener.
• Freshman reliever Jake Hubbard was effective out of the bullpen, throwing 2.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits with a pair of strikeouts.

BAMA HITTERS
• All-American center fielder Taylor Dugas led the Crimson Tide with a .455 average, going 5-for-11 in the series and hitting safely in all three games.
• Including the last four games of the 2011 season, Dugas has now hit safely in his last seven games and reached base in his last 15 games.
• Dugas was a home run short of hitting for the cycle in game two of the series versus Florida Atlantic. He was 3-for-3 with a HBP in the game, as he moved up the UA all-time list for double and triples.
• Shortstop Jared Reaves was 4-for-11 in the series, posting two hits in games two and three.
• Reaves now has 31 career multi-hit games.
• Kenny Roberts hit a 3-run home run in the fifth inning on Sunday, it was the first of his career and the first by an Alabama player this season.
• Roberts’ home run on Sunday was the first dinger hit by an Alabama second baseman since Ross Wilson went deep against Clemson on June 13, 2010.
• Roberts leads the team with four RBI after the first weekend of the season.
• Freshman Ben Moore started at catcher on Saturday and in right field on Sunday, he was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in the series finale.
• In game two of the series, Cameron Carlisle had an RBI single in his first at-bat at the Capstone.

DUGAS COMPARED TO THE NATION
• Senior center fielder Taylor Dugas is one of the nation’s best among active players in Division I baseball.
• Dugas ranks first in the country among active player in career runs (193), doubles (56) and walks (127).
• Additionally, Dugas is second in the country in hits (268), fifth in total bases (384) and 11th in triples (12).

DUGAS CHASING HISTORY
• Taylor Dugas entered his final season at Alabama ranked in the top-10 in hits, batting average, on-base percentage, doubles, triples, runs scored and walks.
• Based on season averages, Dugas can set the school records for hits, doubles, triples and runs scored.
• With five hits against FAU, Dugas now has 268 career hits and is tied with Dave Magadan (1981-83) for sixth all time in hits.
• He now has 56 doubles in his career to tie Sam Bozanich (1998-2000) for sixth all time. He needs two doubles to match Jeremy Brown (1999-2002) and Joe Carusa (1997-97) for fourth. 
• Dugas has 12 triples to tie G.W. Keller (1997-99) for second and needs one more to tie Emeel Salem (2004-07) for the school record. 

ON DECK FOR THE TIDE
• The Crimson Tide has a long week ahead, playing five games, including one home game and four road contests next week
• Alabama opens the week at home against South Alabama, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6:05 p.m.
• Tuesday’s game against USA is the final game of a seven-game homestand to open the season for Alabama.
• UA’s first road game will be against No. 28 ranked Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 4 p.m. (CST).
The Tide remains on the road and travels to New Orleans, La., for a three-game weekend series against Tulane. First pitch for the series opener on Friday, March 2, is slated for 6:30 p.m. (CST) at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Game two begins at 2 p.m., on Saturday and the series finale is set for 1 p.m., on Sunday.