March 27, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – After posting a 10-5 win over the Troy Trojans in Pensacola, Fla. on Tuesday night, the No. 30 Alabama Crimson Tide (16-8, 3-3 SEC) will host the No. 9 ranked Ole Miss Rebels (21-5, 4-2 SEC) for a three-game Southeastern Conference series this weekend. The series gets underway on Friday night with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CT at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Game two will begin at 6:05 p.m. CT on Saturday, before concluding the series on Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. CT first pitch. Saturday’s game will be televised on CSS with Matt Stewart and Joe Beckwith providing the commentary.
Alabama is ranked No. 30 by the NCBWA and is receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches poll. The Tide has won 12 of its last 15 games while posting a season-long seven game winning streak during that stretch.
Following last week’s home midweek sweep of Alcorn State, Alabama is 12-3 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. When playing away from The Joe, Alabama has a 4-5 record. After defeating Alcorn State 17-3 and 12-0 last week, Alabama completed a season-long nine-game homestand with an 8-1 record. With the three-game home series win over the No. 20 Kentucky, the Crimson Tide has won all four home weekend home series this season.
No. 30 Alabama (16-8, 3-3 SEC) vs. No. 9 Ole Miss (21-5, 4-3 SEC)
Sewell-Thomas Stadium – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Schedule – Friday, 6:35 p.m. CT, Saturday, 6:05 p.m. CT, Sunday, 1:05 p.m. CT
Television – CSS and ESPN3.com (CST) (Saturday only)
Steaming – RollTide.com (Friday and Sunday)
Radio – Tide 99.1 FM and CTSN
Livestats – RollTide.com
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday – UA Spencer Turnbull (Jr., RHP, 2-1, 0.28 ERA) vs. OM-Chris Ellis (Jr., RHP, 4-0, 0.67 ERA)Saturday – UA Justin Kamplain (Jr., LHP, 2-2, 3.21 ERA) vs. OM-Christian Trent (So., RHP, 3-0, 3.16 ERA)Sunday – UA Jon Keller (Jr., LHP, 4-1, 1.64 ERA) vs. OM-Sam Smith (Jr., RHP, 3-1, 2.04 ERA)
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. Chris Stewart and Lee Tracey will provide the call for all three games of the Ole Miss series. The games will be available on the CTSN, locally on 99.1 FM in Tuscaloosa and online at RollTide.com, through the subscription plan on TIDETV. Livestats will be available on RollTide.com and Saturday’s game will be televised live on CSS.
About the Crimson Tide
The Crimson Tide is hitting .273 as a team, while averaging 5.9 runs and 9.5 hits per game. When the Tide scores three or more runs in a game they are 16-0. Alabama ranks fourth in the SEC with 16 home runs. The Tide hit 26 home runs in 63 games in 2013. In winning 12 of their last 15 games, the Tide is hitting .303 with 29 doubles, three triples and 12 home runs for a .440 slugging percentage, while averaging 7.5 runs and 10.5 hits per game during that stretch. The Alabama pitching staff has been outstanding this season, posting the fifth-best ERA in the SEC at 2.20. In 217 innings, Alabama has given up 62 runs (53 earned) on 145 hits with 187 strikeouts and 79 walks. Opponents are hitting .195 against the Tide, which ranks second in the SEC. Alabama is second in the country, allowing 6.0 hits per game.
Offensively, Alabama is paced by senior first baseman Austen Smith, who has team-highs with a .377 average, three home runs and 21 RBI. Georgie Salem is second on the team with a .317 average, while leading the team in hits (33) and at-bats (104). Kyle Overstreet is riding an eight-game hitting streak entering the weekend, and is now third on the team with a .300 average for the season. After a 4-for-5 night against Troy, Mikey White is fourth on the team with a .293 average, while leading the team in walks (10) and most times hit by a pitch (7).
Alabama will open the series with junior RHP Spencer Turnbull (2-1, 0.28 ERA) on the mound, as he ranks second in the SEC with a 0.28 ERA. Saturday starter, junior LHP Justin Kamplain (2-2, 3.21 ERA), leads the team with 33 strikeouts and he’s holding opponents to a .171 average this season, ranking ninth in the conference in both categories. Sunday starter, junior LHP Jon Keller (4-1, 1.64 ERA), leads the club and is tied for eighth in the SEC with four wins.
About the No. 9 Ole Miss Rebels
Ole Miss enters the series with a 21-5 overall record and is tied for first place in the SEC and SEC Western Division with a 4-2 record. The Rebels are ranked in all five polls, earning their highest ranking of No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches poll. Ole Miss is also ranked No. 12 by the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball, No. 13 by Baseball America and No. 16 by Perfect Game USA. Ole Miss ranks second in the SEC with a .303 batting average and 19 home runs. The Rebels are averaging 5.9 runs and 10.6 hits per game. The Rebels rank fourth in the SEC with a 2.15 ERA, while allowing 7.1 hits and 2.6 runs per game.
Austin Bousfield is the team’s leading hitter with a .364 average to rank 10th in the SEC. Bousfield also has three home runs with 18 RBI. Sikes Orvis leads the team with six home runs and Will Allen leads the SEC with 33 RBI while hitting .343. Brantley Bell has a .388 average and Austin Anderson is hitting .347 with a team high 23 runs scored.
Chris Ellis enters the weekend with a 4-0 record and ranks fourth in the SEC with a 0.67 ERA in six starts. Christian Trent leads the team with 35 strikeouts in 37.0 innings, while posting a 3-0 record with a 3.16 ERA in six starts. Sunday starter Sam Smith is 3-1 with a 2.04 ERA in 35.1 innings. Josh Laxer is tied for the team lead with 10 appearances and three saves. Wyatt Short and Aaron Greenwood have also appeared in 10 games and both have one save each.
All-Time Series Versus Ole Miss
The weekend series between Alabama and Ole Miss will mark games 342-344 between the two schools. Alabama is 199-141-1 all-time versus the Rebels, but has lost four of the last five in the series. After the Rebels swept the 2013 regular season series in Oxford, Miss., the Tide defeated Ole Miss 7-5 in the SEC Tournament. When the teams last played in Tuscaloosa, the No. 17 Rebels won the series by winning games one and three. UA last won a series over Ole Miss during the 2011 season in Oxford, Miss., and the Tide last won a series in Tuscaloosa during the 2010 season.
On Deck for the Tide
After hosting Ole Miss, Alabama remains at home to play the UL-Monroe Warhawks on Tuesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT. Tuesday’s game against ULM will mark the eighth all-time meeting between the two schools and the first meeting since the 1996 season. Alabama holds a 5-2 record all-time against the Warhawks. Tuesday’s game will mark the first time Alabama has played the Warhawks since they have been named UL-Monroe. ULM was previously known as Northeastern University. In a three-game series in Monroe, La., in 1996, Alabama won two of the three games, but the Warhawks won the series finale, 5-3.