Baseball Hosts Mississippi Valley State in Return to Sewell-Thomas Stadium



March 6, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Coming off a 4-3 victory over the Auburn Tigers in the 2014 MAX Capital City Classic, the Alabama Crimson Tide (6-5, 0-0 SEC) will host the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (0-12, 0-4 SWAC) for a three-game series this weekend.  The series starts on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT from Sewell Thomas Stadium. Game two will be Saturday at 2 p.m. CT, and the series wraps up on Sunday with first pitch at 1 p.m. CT.

Alabama finished a five game road swing with a 2-3 record following Wednesday night's win over Auburn in the MAX Capital City Classic. The win over the Tigers was the first in six chances in the annual Capital City Classic. Freshman LHP Thomas Burrows was the winning pitcher in the MAX CCC and was named the MVP after throwing three scoreless and hitless innings to close the game.

Alabama (6-5, 0-0 SEC) vs. Mississippi Valley State (0-12, 0-4 SWAC)
Sewell-Thomas Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Schedule - Friday, 6:05 p.m., Saturday 2:05 p.m., Sunday 1:05 p.m.
Television - None
Steaming - (TIDETv subscription)
Radio - The Game 99.1 FM and CTSN (Friday and Sunday)
Livestats -

Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday - UA-Spencer Turnbull (Jr., RHP, 0-1, 0.61) vs. MVSU-Connor Sheppeard (Fr., RHP, 0-3, 8.10)
Saturday - UA-Justin Kamplain (Jr., LHP, 1-1, 3.60) vs. MVSU-Jonathan Parker (Sr., LHP, 0-2, 5.09)
Sunday - UA-Jon Keller (Jr., LHP, 3-0, 1.15) vs. MVSU-Trent Kinney (Jr., RHP, 0-2, 11.57)

Weekend Promotions-Mississippi Valley State Series
Friday, March 7
• Family Fun Pack: Four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four soft drinks for just $40 • Fraternity Friday: Nine select fraternities are invited to tailgate on the right field plaza and compete against each other in on-field promotions.

Saturday, March 8
• Family Fun Pack: Four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four soft drinks for just $40 • Baseball Bingo: Score the game for a chance to win great prizes, including a diamond giveaway from Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelers. • Sorority Saturday: Six select sororities are invited to tailgate on the right field plaza and compete against each other in on-field promotions. Yard games will be provided and the groups will be recognized during the game.

Sunday, March 9
• Sunday Funday: Youth tickets are just $3; the first 100 kids 12 & under receive a free hot dog & drink; run the bases and play catch on the field after the game.

Follow the Tide Live
All Alabama baseball games throughout the 2014 season will be broadcast by the Crimson Tide Sports Network (CTSN). The radio broadcast for all games of the 2014 season will be available on 99.1 FM in Tuscaloosa and available on the CTSN throughout the state, unless there are scheduling conflicts. Chris Stewart and Lee Tracey will provide the call for the games on Friday and Sunday, while Tracey will be solo on Saturday. The Friday and Sunday games will be available on the CTSN, but due to a conflict with the Alabama men's basketball, the baseball game on Saturday will not be on the CTSN and will be available locally on 99.1 FM in Tuscaloosa and online at, through the subscription plan on TIDETV. Livestats will be available on

About the Crimson Tide
The Crimson Tide is hitting .258 as a team this season, while averaging 3.9 runs and 9.3 hits per game. Alabama scored 12 runs against ULL on Sunday, marking the most for the Tide since scoring 15 runs against Samford on March 19, 2013. The 21 hits against UL-Lafayette on March 2, marked the first 20-hit performance for UA since having 20 against Tennessee on March 17, 2013, and the most since having 23 hits against Illinois-Chicago on Feb. 27, 2010. The Alabama pitching staff has been outstanding this season, posting the fifth best ERA in the SEC with a 2.23 mark. In 101 innings, Alabama has given up 31 runs (25 earned) on 67 hits with 72 strikeouts and 44 walks. Opponents are hitting just .198 against the Tide this season. In 51 innings this season, the Tide bullpen has allowed just 11 runs (9 earned) for a 1.59 ERA, while allowing a .234 batting average. Alabama is 4-2 when playing at Sewell-Thomas Stadium and 2-3 away from home this season.

Offensively, the Tide is paced by Georgie Salem's .327 batting average. Salem, who has the longest active hitting streak on the team at four games, leads the team with 16 hits. Austen Smith is hitting .297 and leads the club with seven RBI. Ben Moore is second on the team with six RBI and his seven runs scored through 11 games is tops on the team.

Friday night starter Spencer Turnbull thrown a total of 14.2 innings and was a 0.61 ERA with a team-high 16 strikeouts. Jon Keller will make his first start of the season on Sunday after opening the year with three wins in three appearances out of the bullpen. Keller has a 1.15 ERA in a team-high 15.2 innings pitched. Thomas Burrows has four relief appearances as a freshman and has not yielded a run, has struck out seven and opponents are hitting .045 against him in 7.1 innings.

About the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils
After being swept in four games by Alabama State last weekend, Mississippi Valley State enters the weekend series against the Tide with a 0-12 record. The Delta Devils are hitting .209 as a team, while averaging 2.2 runs and 6.8 hits per game. The Valley's pitching staff has an 8.73 ERA, while allowing the opposition to hit .354. MVSU opponents are averaging 10.3 runs and 12.5 hits per game.

Arrington Smith is the team's leading hitter with a .391 batting average. Smith leads the team with 18 hits, six doubles and six runs scored, and is tied for third on the team with three RBI. Xzavier Franklin is tied for the team lead with Alex Bravo with five RBI. Franklin is second in the team with 10 hits and third on the squad with a .250 average. Kalik May leads the team with seven walks and is second on the squad with five runs scored.

Connor Sheppeard will get the start on Friday and enters the weekend 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in 16.2 innings. Jonathan Parker will start on Saturday and will make his fourth start of the season. Parker is 0-3 with a 5.09 ERA in a team-high 17.2 innings. Sunday starter Trent Kinney is 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA in 16.1 innings this season. Charl Waddingham leads the team with six appearances this season, all out of the bullpen. Five players have appeared in five games on the mound for the Delta Devils.

All-time Series against MVSU
In a series that dates back to 2002, this weekend series between Alabama and Mississippi Valley State will mark games 19-21 between the two teams. This will mark the first time Alabama and MVSU have played a three-game weekend series. Alabama hosted the Delta Devils in a two-game midweek series in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  All 18 games of the series have been played in Tuscaloosa, and the Tide is 17-1 all-time versus MVSU. In the most recent meeting, the Tide defeated MVSU 8-3 on May 7, 2013. The only win for MVSU in the series came in game two of a double header on April 18, 2012, when the Delta Devils posted an 8-3 win in a seven-inning game.

On Deck For the Tide
After hosting Mississippi Valley State, the Tide will host Samford on Tuesday night with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Tuesday's game against will be the first of two games played between the two teams this season. Alabama won both games of the series last season, first defeating Samford 5-4 in Tuscaloosa. The Tide also defeated the Bulldogs 15-7 when they played in Birmingham later in the season. Following the two wins last season, Alabama is 91-15 all-time against Samford.