March 31, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The University of Alabama baseball team plays host to the UAB Blazers Tuesday, April 1, at 6:35 p.m. (CST) at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide will be playing its 10th home game in the last 11 games, after played nine of its first 17 games away from home this season.
The Crimson Tide and Blazers will meet again Wednesday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Regions Park in Hoover to close out this two-game series.
Alabama (15-12, 4-5 SEC) enters the UAB having won six of its last seven games, including back-to-back Southeastern Conference series wins over No. 4 Vanderbilt and No. 15 Ole Miss the last two weekends.
"We played all weekend," Alabama head coach Jim Wells said following the Ole Miss series. "We had a chance to win the last game. We needed one more hit. Overall, we played well in all phases of the game against a quality team."
Freshman shortstop Josh Rutledge had a phenomenal week at the plate, leading Alabama with a .429 (9-for-21) average with two doubles, four runs scored and five RBI. He compiled a .455 on-base percentage and a .524 slugging mark in five games. He had as many RBI in five games last week as he had tallied in the first 21 games (5 RBI) of the season. He was the Tide's leading hitter against No. 15 Ole Miss, posting s 636 (7-for-11) average with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBI leading the Tide to the series win over the Rebels.
UAB (9-15, 1-2 C-USA) has dropped eight of its last 11 games, including a Conference USA series to Tulane at home this past weekend.
Senior first baseman Ryan Keedy is having a terrific year at the plate with a .453 (43-for-95) with three home runs and 28 RBI. He leads the Blazers in hitting, runs scored (25), doubles (15), RBI, slugging percentage (.705) and on-base percentage (.530).
The Crimson Tide is expected to send junior left-hander Miers Quigley to the mound on Tuesday, while junior right-hander Casey Kebodeaux will pitch Wednesday's game at Regions Park. Quigley is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in six appearances this season, including three starts. He has worked 24 innings and allowed 20 runs and 24 hits, with 24 strikeouts and 13 walks. In his last start, he threw a complete-game shutout against Jacksonville State on March 26, as he allowed four hits and struck out eight batters. Kebodeaux is 2-2 with a 5.08 ERA in seven appearances, including four starts this year.
The Blazers will counter with senior right-hander and Tuscaloosa native Dustin Colburn in the opener. Colburn, who pitched at Hillcrest High School and Shelton State, is 1-1 with a 15.75 ERA in six games this season. UAB will send junior right-hander Mitch Kloskowski to the mound on Wednesday. He is 2-3 with a 4.32 ERA and one complete game in six appearances this season.