April 11, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 22-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (22-13, 8-4 SEC) will travel to Oxford, Miss., to play a three game series against the No. 18-ranked Mississippi Rebels (23-10, 4-8) this weekend. Game one of the series will begin at 6:30 p.m. CST, from Swayze Field on Friday night. Game two, which will be televised on CSS, will start at 4 p.m. CST, and the series finale will begin at 1:30 p.m. CST, on Sunday.
All Alabama baseball games throughout the 2013 season will be broadcast by the Crimson Tide Sports Network. All three games of the Mississippi series will be broadcast on 95.3 The Bear. Chris Stewart will be solo on Friday and will be joined by Lee Tracey for the weekend games. Livestats will also be available on RollTide.com. A live webcast will be available on olemisssports.com through the subscription package for the Friday and Sunday games.
Alabama posted a pair of mid-week home wins over Alcorn State, 3-2 and 7-3, on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. In its last SEC series, Alabama lost two of three games to No. 9 Arkansas, after closing the series with a 5-0 win on Saturday. 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.
Mississippi enters the series ranked as high as No. 18 in the coaches’ poll and No. 21 in three other polls. After losing three games to No. 3 Vanderbilt last weekend, the Rebels lost a mid-week, non-conference game to Mississippi State, 5-1, on Tuesday night. After opening the SEC schedule with a series win over Arkansas, the Rebels have dropped seven of their last nine conference games.
The Crimson Tide is scheduled to start RHP Charley Sullivan (3-2, 2.52 ERA) on Friday, LHP Justin Kamplain (0-0, 4.34 ERA) on Saturday and Spencer Turnbull (4-1, 2.22 ERA) on Sunday. Kamplain has made 13 appearances out of the bullpen this season and will make his first start of the year on Saturday. Turnbull enters the weekend with a 29.2 scoreless inning streak on the line. The Rebels are scheduled to start righty Bobby Wahl (6-0, 1.57 ERA) on Friday, RHP Mike Mayers (2-4, 3.20 ERA) on Saturday and RHP Sam Smith (2-0, 4.40) ERA) on Sunday.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Charley Sullivan (Sr., RHP) 3-2 2.52 8/8 50.0 50 18 14 12 45
OM-Bobby Wahl (Jr., RHP) 6-0 1.57 8/8 51.2 39 12 9 25 45
Saturday W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Justin Kamplain (Soph., LHP) 0-0 4.34 13/0 18.2 12 10 9 6 19
OM-Mike Mayers (Jr., RHP) 2-4 3.20 8/8 45.0 42 21 16 21 34
Sunday W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Spencer Turnbull (Soph., RHP) 4-1 2.22 8/8 48.2 50 17 12 17 27
OM-Sam Smith (Soph., RHP) 2-0 4.40 7/7 28.2 35 19 14 8 14
Mississippi enters the series with a .276 batting average to rank ninth in the SEC. The Rebels average 9.2 hits and 5.5 runs per game. On the mound, the Rebels hold opponents to a .244 batting average, with a 2.81 ERA to rank fifth best in the SEC. Stuart Turner leads the team and ranks fourth in the SEC with a .412 batting average this season. Turner also leads the team with three home runs, 35 RBI and 10 doubles. Austen Anderson has a .311 average to go along with 25 RBI and a team-high 28 runs scored.
Friday starter Bobby Wahl ranks sixth in the SEC with a 1.57 ERA this season. Wahl is 6-0 on the season, with 45 strikeouts and a .212 OBA. Mike Mayers, who will start Saturday, is 2-4 with 3.20 ERA in 45.0 innings pitched. Sam Smith will make his eighth start of the season on Sunday and enters the weekend with a 2-0 record and a 4.40 ERA.
The three-game series between Alabama and Mississippi will mark games 338-340 between the two schools. Alabama holds a 198-138-1 record all-time versus the Rebels after winning one of three games of the 2012 series. The Tide posted a series win over the Rebels when the teams met in Oxford, Miss., during the 2011 season. UA holds a 6-4 record in the last 10 games between the two schools.
Brett Booth continues to lead the Alabama offense with a .293 batting average. Booth also leads the club in runs scored (31) and is tied with Kyle Overstreet for the team lead with 24 RBI. Booth has three home runs and is tied with Austen Smith for the team lead in that category as well. Leadoff man, Georgie Salem, leads the team with 42 hits for a .292 average, which ranks second on the club. Ben Moore is hitting .287 with two home runs, 22 RBI and a team-leading three triples this season.
On Wednesday night, Alabama starting pitcher Mike Oczypok threw 5.0 no-hit innings, allowing just one walk with a strikeout to get his second win in his first career start. Georgie Salem was 2-for-3 to notch his 11th multi-hit game of the season. Ben Moore smacked his team-leading third triple of the year to drive two runs. Mikey White notched his ninth multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 and Kenny Roberts was 1-for-1 with three HBP and scored twice. Alabama held ASU to two hits in the game, both on home runs off Mitch Greer in the seventh inning.
Following the three-game series at Mississippi, Alabama will return home to host UAB for a mid-week game on Tuesday night at 6:05 p.m. CST at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. When Alabama and UAB squared off at the Hoover Met back on March 26, the Blazers defeated the Tide, 1-0. After the loss to UAB three weeks ago, Alabama holds a 42-20 overall record against the Blazers. UAB has now won the last four games between the two schools, and six of the last seven. In the last game played in Tuscaloosa, UAB defeated the Tide 9-1 on April 10, 2012.
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