April 3, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Following a 3-2 win over UL-Monroe, the No. 15 Alabama Crimson Tide (20-8, 6-3 SEC) will travel to College Station, Texas for a three-game Southeastern Conference series against the Texas A&M Aggies (18-12, 4-5 SEC) this weekend. The series begins on Friday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CT from Blue Bell Park. Game two of the series is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. CT on Saturday and the series wraps up on Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. CT start. The games on Friday and Saturday will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.
The Tide is ranked No. 15 by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, after not appearing in either ranking the last two week. UA is ranked 19th by Perfect Game USA and No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and the NCBWA poll. The No 15 national ranking by Baseball America and Collegiate baseball is the highest ranking for the Crimson Tide since they entered the 2009 NCAA Tournament ranked No. 14 in the country.
Following Tuesday victory over UL-Monroe, Alabama enters the Texas A&M series on a five-game winning streak and has won 16 of its last 19 games.
No. 15 Alabama (20-8, 6-3 SEC) at Texas A&M (18-12, 4-5 SEC)
Blue Bell Park – College Station, Texas
Schedule – Friday, 6:35 p.m. CT, Saturday, 2:05 p.m. CT, Sunday, 1:05 p.m. CT
Television – Fox Sports Southwest (Friday and Saturday)
Steaming – AggieAthletics.com (Sunday)
Radio – Tide 99.1 FM and CTSN
Livestats – AggieAthletics.com
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday – UA Spencer Turnbull (Jr., RHP, 3-1, 1.63 ERA) vs. TAMU-Daniel Mengden (Jr., RHP, 2-3, 3.12 ERA)
Saturday – UA Justin Kamplain (Jr., LHP, 2-2, 3.35 ERA) vs. TAMU-Grayson Long (So., RHP, 3-1, 1.84 ERA)
Sunday – UA Jon Keller (Jr., LHP, 5-1, 1.50 ERA) vs. TAMU-Tyler Stubblefield (Fr., LHP, 3-1, 2.33 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 Texas A&M 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 AggieAthletics.com and the Friday and Saturday games will be televised live on Fox Sports Southwest.
About the Crimson Tide
The Crimson Tide is hitting .271 as a team, while averaging 5.7 runs and 9.4 hits per game. When the Tide scores three or more runs they are 20-0, but 0-8 when scoring less than three runs. Alabama ranks fourth in the SEC with 19 home runs. The Tide hit 26 home runs in 63 games in 2013. In winning 16 of their last 19 games, the Tide is hitting .298 with 36 doubles, three triples and 15 home runs for a .432 slugging percentage, while averaging 6.9 runs and 10.1 hits per game during that stretch.
The Alabama pitching staff has been outstanding this season, posting the fifth-best ERA in the SEC at 2.23. In 254 innings, Alabama has given up 76 runs (63 earned) on 177 hits with 225 strikeouts and 90 walks. Opponents are hitting .201 against the Tide, which ranks second in the SEC. Alabama is second in the country, allowing 6.3 hits per game. In 100.1 innings, the Tide bullpen has allowed 29 runs (25 earned) for a 2.24 ERA, while allowing a .209 batting average. The Alabama pitching staff ranks fifth in the SEC and 13th nationally with a 2.23 ERA. The Tide ranks second in the country to Vanderbilt, allowing 6.3 hits per game.
Kyle Overstreet is on a team season-high 11-game hitting streak, while Wade Wass has a hit in his last 10 games. After missing the UL-Monroe game with a hamstring pull, Overstreet is second on the team with a .320 average. Wade is hitting .290 on the year, ranks third in the SEC with 11 doubles and is second on the team with 17 RBI. Austen Smith leads the team with a .352 average and 24 RBI and is tied for the team lead with Ben Moore and Casey Hughston with three home runs. Moore is tied with Mikey White for the team lead with 21 runs scored.
Alabama will open the series with junior RHP Spencer Turnbull (3-1, 1.63 ERA) on the mound. Saturday starter, junior LHP Justin Kamplain (2-2, 3.35 ERA), leads the team with 44 strikeouts and he’s holding opponents to a .189 average this season, ranking fifth and ninth, respectively, in the conference. Sunday starter, junior LHP Jon Keller (5-1, 1.50 ERA), leads the club and is tied for third in the SEC with five wins.
About the Texas A&M Aggies
Texas A&M enters the SEC series against Alabama with an 18-12 overall record following a 10-8 loss to No. 12 Houston on Tuesday night. The Aggies enter the fourth week of SEC play with a 4-5 record after dropping a series at Georgia last week. TAMU is 1-4 in its last five games and 5-5 in its last 10 outings. The Aggies enter the weekend series with a .278 batting average, while averaging 5.0 runs and 9.5 hits per game. Texas A&M has a 3.10 team ERA, while allowing 3.5 runs and 8.7 hits per game. Opponents are hitting .248 against the Aggies.
The team’s leading hitter is Patrick McLendon with a .329 average. Cole Lankford is hitting .301 and leads the team with 23 RBI and is second on the club with eight doubles. Logan Nottebrok leads the team with four home runs and is third on the club with five doubles.
Daniel Mengden will start on Friday and enters the series with a 2-3 record with a 3.12 ERA in seven starts. Grayson Long boasts a 1.84 ERA to go along with a 3-1 record in seven starts, and gets the ball for game two. Freshman Tyler Stubblefield starts on Sunday and enters the series with a 3-1 record and a 2.33 ERA. Stubblefield has made 11 appearances with seven starts. Andrew Vinson leads the team with 18 appearances, collecting a 1-1 record with a 2.82 ERA and one save. Jason Jester has three of the team’s four saves, to go along with a 2-1 record and a 3.21 ERA in 14 appearances out of the bullpen.
All-Time Series Versus Texas A&M
The three games will mark games 6-8 all-time between the two schools. Alabama is 2-3 all-time versus the Aggies, after winning both games played between the two teams last season in Tuscaloosa. The series began in 1995 with the Aggies posting a 6-2 victory in the Continental Aggie Classic on March 10. Three days later, TAMU defeated the Tide 5-4. In the only other meeting, No. 8 Texas A&M defeated Alabama 16-5 in the 2003 College Station Regional. UA is 0-3 all-time when playing the Aggies in College Station, Texas.
On Deck for the Tide
Following the three-game series at Texas A&M, Alabama returns home to host the UAB Blazers on Tuesday, April 8. First pitch between Alabama and UAB is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. In a series that dates back to the 1974 season, Tuesday’s game will mark the 66th meeting between the two teams. Alabama has a 44-21 record all-time in the series, after the two teams split the two games during the 2014 season. UAB defeated the Tide 1-0 at the Hoover Met on March 26, and then Alabama defeated the Blazers 7-4 when the teams met in Tuscaloosa on April 16. UA is 25-7 at home against the Blazers.