Baseball Returns Home to Host SE Louisiana on Tuesday

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Georgie Salem has starter all 29 games in CF and as the Tide's leadoff hitter.
ROLLTIDEDOTCOM
Georgie Salem has starter all 29 games in CF and as the Tide's leadoff hitter.
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April 1, 2013

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – After completing a season-long seven-game road stretch, the No. 22-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (18-11, 7-2 SEC) returns to Sewell-Thomas Stadium to begin a season-long, six-game homestand on Tuesday night when it hosts Southeastern Louisiana (21-8, 6-0 SLC) at 6:05 p.m. CST.

All Alabama baseball games throughout the 2013 season will be broadcast by the Crimson Tide Sports Network (CTSN). Tuesday’s game against SELU will be broadcast on 95.3 The Bear with Chris Stewart and Lee Tracey providing the play-by-play. Livestats will also be available on RollTide.com. There will be a live webcast available on RollTide.com through the subscription package on the website.

For Tuesday’s game against Southeastern Louisiana, All General Admission Tickets are just $2. Thursday with be the “Night at the Joe,” which includes a free pre-game concert starting at 5:30 p.m. Also the first 500 UA students receive a FREE Hot Dog and the first 1,500 UA Students will receive a “Built-By-Bama” Koozie. Saturday will be Military Appreciation Day and Kids Day. The first 500 fans will receive an Alabama Baseball Camo T-shirt and all kids 18 and under will receive free admission. Also, the first 250 kids 12 and under to enter the ball park will receive a  FREE hot dog  and drink. Additionally on Saturday, the DRASH softball team will put on a post-game hitting exhibition.

Alabama is coming off a series win on the road at Auburn, following a 2-0 win in the rubber game of the series on Saturday. The Crimson Tide has now won all three Southeastern Conference series this season. Following the series win at Auburn, the Crimson Tide enters this week ranked No. 22 by Collegiate Baseball News and is receiving five votes in the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll.

Southeastern Louisiana (21-8, 6-0 SLC) will make the trip to Tuscaloosa after sweeping a Southland Conference series over Nicholls State this past weekend. The Lions have won six of their last seven games, with its loss coming to Louisiana-Lafayette, 9-6, last Tuesday.

Alabama will start RHP Tucker Hawley (4-2, 2.75 ERA) on Tuesday. Hawley will be making his eighth appearance and fourth start of the year. The Lions will counter with freshman LHP Kyle Cedotal (4-3, 4.34 ERA). Cedotal will be making his 10th appearance and fifth start of the season.

Probable Starting Pitchers
Tuesday    W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Tucker Hawley (Jr., RHP) 4-2 2.75 7/3 19.2 17 8 6 7 12
SELU-Kyle Cedotal (Fr., LHP) 4-3 4.34 9/4 29.0 24 15 14 13 23

Southeastern Louisiana enters Tuesday night’s game having won six of its last seven games. The Lions are hitting .268 as a team this season, while averaging 5.8 runs and 8.7 hits per game. SELU’s pitching staff has a 3.56 ERA, while allowing 4.1 runs and 8.7 hits per game. Opponents are hitting .261 against the Lions.

The Lions offense is paced by Harry Slade, who is hitting .349 with a team-high 24 RBI, to go along with six doubles, a triple and one home run. Brett Hoffman is hitting .328 and Ben Hernandez has a .327 average and leads the team with 14 walks. SELU had six home runs as a team as Jameson Fisher leads the club with two home runs. Aaron Haag is second on the team with 22 RBI and Jesse Buratt and Laad Rhodes are second on the team with 14 walks.

Southeastern Louisiana is slated to start freshman LHP Kyle Cedotal on Tuesday night. Cedotal has a 4-3 record with a 4.34 ERA in nine appearances with four starts this season. Cedotal is holding opponents to a .222 average, allowing 24 hits with 13 walks and 23 strikeouts in 29.0 innings pitched this season.

Tuesday’s game between Alabama and Southeastern Louisiana will mark the 12 meeting all-time between the two schools. Alabama holds a 10-1 record all-time against the Lions. In the most recent meeting, the Lions posted a 6-2 win over the Tide when they played in the South Alabama Classic on Feb. 25, 2011. The teams were scheduled to play last season, but the game at SELU was cancelled due to inclement weather. Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard 14-7 all-time against SELU, including a 1-1 record in four seasons at Alabama.

ALABAMA QUICK HITTERS
• Alabama has had two season-long winning streaks of six games this season. The Crimson Tide has won eight of its last 10 games overall, including going 5-2 in a seven game road stretch.
• Alabama opened the season with a 6-0 start, then dropped eight of its next 10 games, before winning eight of its last 10.
• Alabama snapped a season-long five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over Memphis on March 13.
• The Tide is 11-9 against non-conference opponents this season and has a 5-3 record in mid-week games.
• The Crimson Tide are 16-0 when leading after six, 17-0 when leading after seven and 18-0 when leading after eight innings. 
• The Alabama pitching staff has a 3.16 ERA with 216 strikeouts to rank seventh in the SEC. Of its 216 strikeouts, 87 have been looking, which ranks second in the conference.
• Alabama pitchers are averaging 7.4 strikeouts per game.
• The Tide is 35-for-48 (.729) in stolen base attempts and ranks sixth in the SEC in stolen bases.
• Alabama is outscoring its opponents 23-11 in the first inning, 16-4 in the sixth inning and 31-10 in the eighth inning. However, Bama is being outscored 20-11 in the seventh and 10-0 in the ninth innings.
• Alabama has converted all 11 of its save opportunities and is second in the SEC with 11 saves.
• With four saves in his last four outings, freshman RHP Ray Castillo leads the team with five saves to rank eighth in the SEC.
• During SEC play, Alabama leads the conference with a .305 team batting average, a .379 on-base percentage, 59 runs, 96 hits and 50 runs batted in. UA is fourth in doubles (12) and fourth in slugging percentage (.381) during SEC play.
• On the pitching side, UA is second in the SEC with four saves and 61 hits allowed, is third in ERA (2.36) and opponent’s batting average (.228) and eighth in strikeouts (55).
Brett Booth, who had 10 walks in 55 games last season, is tied for the team lead with 16 this season. Booth is also sixth in the SEC with a team-high 27 runs scored. Defensively, Booth has thrown out 23 runners (including three pick-offs). His 20 runners caught stealing are the most in the SEC.
• Last season in 43 games, Kenny Roberts has nine walks and five HBP. In 29 games in 2013, Roberts has 15 walks and six HBP for 21 free passes and a team-high .397 on-base percentage.

Alabama posted a 2-2  record during the week that included the second SEC road series win of the season. The Tide lost to UAB 1-0 at the Hoover Met on Tuesday, then won two of three games at Auburn to improve to 7-2 in SEC play and 5-1 on the road during conference play this season. In the four games last week, the Alabama pitching staff held opponents to a .208 average with a 0.75 ERA. In the 1-0 loss to UAB, Alabama had just four hits in the game, and was shutout for the fifth time this season. With the 6-2 win to open the series against Auburn, Alabama has won the first game of all three SEC series this season, and has went on to win all three conference series to open the year.

Entering the week, Alabama has turned a total of 37 double plays this season, to rank in the top-10 nationally, while the Tide’s 1.3 double plays per game rank 22nd in the country. Alabama turned a total of seven in the series against Auburn, including a season-high four in the game on Saturday. The Tide currently ranks second in the SEC behind Mississippi State (41) in double plays turned for the season.

Alabama returns to Southeastern Conference play on Thursday with game one of a three-game series against Arkansas. Thursday night’s game, which will begin at 7:05 p.m. CST, will be televised on ESPNU as part of the SEC/ESPN Thursday Night Baseball Game of the Week package. Game two of the series will begin at 6:35 p.m. CST, and the series wraps up on Saturday with a 1:05 p.m. CST first pitch from Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

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