April 8, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 22-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (20-13, 8-4 SEC) will host the Alcorn State Braves in a two-game midweek series. Game one of the series will begin at 6:05 p.m. CST, on Tuesday night and game two will start at 5:05 p.m. CST on Wednesday. Both games will be played at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
All Alabama baseball games throughout the 2013 season will be broadcast by the Crimson Tide Sports Network (CTSN). Both games of the Alcorn State series will be broadcast on 95.3 The Bear. Lee Tracey will be solo on Tuesday and will be joined by Chris Stewart for Wednesday's game. Livestats will also be available on RollTide.com. A live webcast will be available on RollTide.com through the subscription package for both games.
Tuesday's game against Alcorn State will be $2 Tuesdays, as all adult general admission tickets will be $2. Wednesday's game against Alcorn State will be a $1 Wednesday, as all adult general admission tickets will be $1.
Alabama is coming off a Southeastern Conference series loss to No. 9 Arkansas, after closing the series with a 5-0 victory over the Razorbacks. The series loss for the Tide marked just the second lost series of the season. UA dropped two of three games to Tulane earlier this year. With an 8-4 SEC record, Alabama is currently tied for second place in the SEC Western Division with Arkansas. The Crimson Tide is ranked No. 22 by Collegiate Baseball News and is receiving votes in the USA Today Sports Coaches and NCBWA polls.
Alcorn State enters the midweek series with an 8-28 overall record and an 8-6 mark in the Southwest Athletic Conference (SWAC). The Braves are coming off a series win at Alabama State, after winning the final two games of the series 3-2 and 9-7, respectively. Alabama will start RHP Tucker Hawley (4-2, 2.19 ERA) on Tuesday night and will determine Wednesday's starter on Tuesday. Alcorn State will start RHP Mundo Sanchez (0-2, 6.15 ERA) on Tuesday and RHP Charles Alridge (0-0, 54.00 ERA) on Wednesday.
TUESDAY W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Tucker Hawley (Jr., RHP) 4-2 2.19 8/4 24.2 22 8 6 9 14
ASU-Mundo Sanchez (Sr., RHP) 0-2 6.15 11/4 41.0 58 35 28 18 21
WEDNESDAY W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
ASU-Charles Alridge (Jr., RHP) 0-0 54.00 2/0 0.2 1 4 4 3 0
Alcorn State comes into the two-game set against the Crimson Tide with an 8-28 overall record, while posting an 8-6 mark in Southwest Athletic Conference play. The Braves are coming off a series win at Alabama State over the weekend, winning the last two games of the series. ASU has won four of its last six games overall, which includes two wins over Alabama State and Alabama A&M and losses at No. 2 LSU (7-3) and Alabama State (5-2). The Braves come into the series with a .249 team batting average while averaging 4.0 runs and 8.1 hits per game. The Alcorn State pitching staff has a 7.53 ERA as opponents are hitting .323 against the Braves. ASU is allowing 8.4 runs and 11.0 hits per game this season.
Angel Rosa is hitting .308 with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 13 RBI. Josh Powell and Christian Hickman are tied for the team lead with 19 RBI. Powell had three doubles, two triples and a home run and leads the squad with 21 runs scored. Ashton Lewis had two of the team's five home runs to lead the squad. Cedric Walker and Cedric Bell are tied for the team lead with a .313 batting average. Walker has five doubles, a triple, and a home run with six RBI and 12 runs scored.
The two games against Alcorn State will mark games 16 and 17 between the two teams. Alabama holds a 14-1 record all-time versus the Braves, as the Tide has won the last 13 games overall. The only win in the series for ASU came on April 15, 1987 when the Braves posted a 6-5 win in Tuscaloosa. Every game of the all-time series between the two schools have been played in Tuscaloosa. In the most recent meetings, Alabama swept the Braves in a three-game series to open the 2011 season.
ALABAMA QUICK HITTERS
Alabama has had two season-long winning streaks of six games this season.
The Crimson Tide is 6-4 in its last 10 games and 10-5 in its last 15 games, which includes a 5-2 record during a seven-game road stretch.
The Tide is 12-9 against non-conference opponents this season and has a 6-3 record in midweek games.
The Crimson Tide is 18-0 when leading after six, 19-0 when leading after seven and 20-0 when leading after eight innings.
The Alabama pitching staff has a 2.96 ERA to rank seventh in the SEC.
The Tide has 246 strikeouts to rank sixth in the SEC, while its 102 looking strikeouts rank second in the conference.
Alabama pitchers are averaging 7.4 strikeouts per game.
During SEC play, Alabama ranks second in the conference with a 2.19 team ERA and fourth in the league with a .284 batting average.
The Tide is 38-for-54 (.703) in stolen base attempts and ranks sixth in the SEC in stolen bases.
Alabama is outscoring its opponents 23-11 in the first inning, 22-5 in the sixth inning and 31-11 in the eighth inning. However, Bama is being outscored 21-15 in the seventh and 10-0 in the ninth.
Alabama has converted all 11 of its save opportunities and is tied for third in the SEC with 11 saves.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Ray Castillo leads the team with five saves to rank ninth in the SEC.
During SEC play, Alabama is third with a .379 on-base percentage, 65 runs, is second with 116 hits and fourth with 53 runs batted in.
On the pitching side during SEC games, UA is second in the SEC with a 2.19 ERA and leads the league with the fewest runs allowed (32). The Tide is third in opponent's batting average (.238), hits allowed (91), and saves (4).
Brett Booth, who had 10 walks in 55 games last season, leads the team with 20 this season. Booth is also seventh in the SEC with a team-high 30 runs scored. Defensively, Booth has thrown out 25 runners (including three pick-offs). His 22 runners caught stealing are the most in the SEC.
Over the first half of the season, Alabama posted a .221 batting average with an 8-8 record through the first 16 games. Alabama had a total of 18 extra base hits in the first 16 games, with 13 doubles a triple and four home runs for a .322 slugging percentage. On the mound, Alabama had a 3.56 team ERA, while opponents were hitting .267 against the Tide. During the second half of the schedule, Alabama has a 12-5 record in its last 17 games, with a .281 batting average to go along with 32 extra base hits (23 doubles, three triples, and five home runs) for a .370 team slugging percentage. The Crimson Tide pitchers have also stepped of their game, holding opponents to a 2.38 ERA with a .244 opponent's batting average in the last 17 games.
Individually, Kyle Overstreet has had the biggest jump in production. Through 16 games, Overstreet was hitting .182 with one double. Over the past 17 games, Overstreet is hitting .344 to lead the team, with four doubles and a triple. Austen Smith was batting .245 through 16 games, and over the last 17 has a .302 average, while Georgie Salem hit .266 in the first 16 games and .315 in the last 17. On the mound, the biggest improvement has been Spencer Turnbull. In his first four starts, Turnbull was 0-1 with a 5.30 ERA and a .351 opponent's batting average. In his last four starts, Turnbull is 4-0 with a 0.30 ERA and a .235 opponent's batting average. Turnbull has allowed one run in his last 30.0 innings pitched after allowing 16 in his first 18.2 innings of the season. Likewise, Charley Sullivan was 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA with a .337 OBA in his first four starts. In his last four starts, Sullivan is 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA and a .202 OBA.
Alabama has turned a total of 38 double plays this season, to rank eighth in the country in total double plays. The Tide's 1.15 double plays per game rank 12th in the country. Alabama turned a total of seven in the series against Auburn, including a season-high four in the game on March 30. The Tide currently ranks third in the SEC behind Mississippi State (46) and Georgia (40) in double plays turned for the season.
After the two-game set with Alcorn State, Alabama will continue Southeastern Conference action with a three-game series at No. 18 Mississippi this weekend. The three-game series in Oxford, Miss., will begin on Friday night with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m. CST, from Swayze Field. Game two of the series will be televised on CSS and will begin at 4 p.m. CST, and game three has a 1:30 p.m. CST, first pitch. In the last series played in Oxford, Miss., Alabama won two of three games over the Rebels during the 2011 season. Mississippi took two of three games over the Tide when the teams met in Tuscaloosa last season.