Baseball Hosts No. 2 LSU This Weekend

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Georgie Salem leads the team in hitting with a .306 average during SEC play.
Georgie Salem leads the team in hitting with a .306 average during SEC play.

 No.2 LSU Tigers (35-3, 13-2 SEC) vs Alabama (23-16, 8-7 SEC)
Date/Time Friday, April 19, 2013 | 6:35 p.m. CT
Saturday, April 20, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Sunday, April 21, 2013 | 1:05 p.m. CT
Location Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Venue Sewell-Thomas Stadium
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April 18, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Crimson Tide (23-16, 8-7 SEC) will host the second-ranked LSU Tigers (35-3, 13-2 SEC)) in a three-game Southeastern Conference series this weekend. The series begins on Friday night with a 6:35 p.m. CST, first pitch from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Game two of the series is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST on Saturday, and will be televised on FSN with Dave Neal and Larry Conley calling the action. The series finale will be Sunday beginning at 1:05 p.m. CST. Prior to the start of Saturday's game, Alabama will honor the 1983 Alabama baseball team that finished runner up in the 1983 College World Series.

All Alabama baseball games throughout the 2013 season will be broadcast by the Crimson Tide Sports Network (CTSN). All three games between Alabama and LSU will be broadcast on 95.3 The Bear in Tuscaloosa, with Chris Stewart and Lee Tracey calling the action. Livestats will be available on A live webcast for the Friday and Sunday games will be available on through the subscription package.

Baseball Alumni Weekend Promotions
Friday 4/19 vs. LSU - 6:30 p.m.
Zooperstars Performance, Fan Giveaway for the first 500 students - presented by Campus Way, Book Scholarship Giveaway for the Alabama students.

Saturday 4/20 vs. LSU - 7:00 p.m.
Baseball Alumni Weekend/Pre-game recognition of the 1983 Team and Baseball Bingo Day.

Sunday 4/21 vs. LSU - 1:00 p.m.
Kids Day at the Joe. All Kids 18 & Under receive FREE admission and the first 250 Kids 12 and under receive a FREE hot dog and drink. Post-game kids can run the bases and receive team autographs

Alabama is coming off a 7-4 win over UAB on Tuesday night. In the last SEC series, the Crimson Tide was swept by No. 18 Mississippi last weekend. The Tide is averaging 5.0 runs and 8.2 hits per game for the season, while averaging 4.6 runs and 8.8 hits per game during SEC play. The Tide will starter RHP Charley Sullivan (3-3, 3.06) on Friday, LHP Justin Kamplain (0-0, 4.07) on Saturday and Spencer Turnbull (4-1, 2.30) on Sunday.

LSU comes into the SEC weekend series after posting a 4-0 victory over Grambling on Wednesday night. After dropping the final game of the series to Mississippi State on March 17, the Tigers had won 15 straight games before losing to No. 10 Arkansas on Saturday. The Tigers are ranked second by the NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game USA and in the USA Today Sports Coaches poll. Baseball America has LSU ranked third. The Tigers will open the series with RHP Aaron Nola (6-0, 2.37) on the mound and RHP Ryan Eades (7-1, 1.97) will start on Saturday. LSU has not named a starter for Sunday.

Probable Pitchers
Friday                           W-L  ERA    G/GS  IP    H   R   ER  BB  SO
UA-Charley Sullivan (Sr., RHP)   3-3  3.06   9/9   54.2  55  22  18  13  48
LSU-Aaron Nola (Soph, RHP)       6-0  2.47   9/9   62.0  45  18  17  11  72

Saturday                         W-L  ERA    G/GS  IP    H   R   ER  BB  SO
UA-Justin Kamplain (Soph., LHP)  0-0  4.07  14/1   24.1  14  12  11  10  20
LSU-Ryan Eades (Jr., RHP)        7-1  1.97   9/9   59.1  58  14  13  16  56

Sunday                            W-L  ERA   G/GS  IP    H   R   ER  BB  SO
UA-Spencer Turnbull (Soph., RHP)  4-1  2.30  9/9   54.2  56  19  14  21  29

LSU comes into the weekend with a 35-3 overall record following a 4-0 win over Grambling on Wednesday night. The Tigers have won all five Southeastern Conference series this season, and have a 13-2 record against conference opponents. The Tigers are second in the SEC with a .309 team batting average and 31 home runs. LSU averages 7.3 runs and 10.7 hits per game. LSU ranks third in the SEC with a 2.48 ERA, while holding opponents to a .215 average. The Tigers have 304 strikeouts to rank fifth in the conference, while walking 97 batters in 345 total innings.

Mason Katz has been a major presence in the middle of the lineup and is hitting .420 and leads the SEC with 13 home runs and 60 RBI. Alex Bregman leads the team with a .424 average, 10 doubles, and six triples, while adding four home runs and 38 RBI. Raph Rhymes is hitting .333, Christian Ibarra has a .328 average and Mark Laird is hitting .301. Friday starter Aaron Nola leads the team with 72 strikeouts in 62.0 innings pitched, and has a 6-0 record with a 2.47 ERA in nine starts. Ryan Eades will start on Saturday and enters the weekend with a 7-1 record and a 1.97 ERA. Eades has 56 strikeouts in 59.1 innings pitched. Closer Chris Cotton has a 2-0 record with a 1.16 ERA and eight saves in 21 appearances.

When the Crimson Tide and Tigers take the field this weekend, the three game series will mark games 354-356 all-time in the series. In a series that dates back to 1906, Alabama holds a 194-156-3 record all-time against the Tigers. The Tide has won just two of the last 12 games overall, after LSU swept the series in Baton Rouge, La., last season. Alabama shutout the Tigers in the final two games of the 2011 series that was played in Tuscaloosa.  UA head coach Mitch Gaspard is 3-15 all-time against LSU, and 2-8 as the skipper of the Tide.

The Crimson Tide snapped a four-game losing streak to UAB with a 7-4 win over the Blazers on Tuesday night. Mike Oczypok threw six innings, allowing one run on five hits with a pair of walks and strikeouts to earn his third win of the year. The Tide posted 11 hits for its 15th double-digit hit game of the season. Ben Moore had a double and a triple to go along with three RBI and Andrew Miller was 2-for4 with a run scored and an RBI. Jay Shaw got the final five outs of the game to record his first career save. 

• Alabama has had two season-long winning streaks of six games this season.
• The Crimson Tide is 5-5 in its last 10 games, 9-6 in its last 15 games, and 13-7 in the last 20.
• The Tide is 15-9 against non-conference opponents this season and has a 9-3 record in mid-week games.
• The Crimson Tide is 21-0 when leading after six, 22-0 when leading after seven and 23-0 when leading after eight innings. 
• The Alabama pitching staff has a 3.00 ERA to rank sixth in the SEC.
• The Tide has 274 strikeouts to rank seventh in the SEC, while its 111 looking strikeouts rank second in the conference.
• Alabama pitchers are averaging 7.0 strikeouts per game.
• During SEC play, Alabama ranks second in the conference with a 2.57 team ERA and fourth in the league with a .242 opponent's batting average.
• The Tide is 42-for-62 (.677) in stolen base attempts and ranks sixth in the SEC in stolen bases.
• Alabama is outscoring its opponents 26-14 in the first inning, 27-9 in the sixth inning and 33-22 in the eighth inning. However, Bama is being outscored 21-19 in the seventh and 11-0 in the ninth and 3-0 in extra innings.
• Alabama has converted all 13 of its save opportunities and is tied for second in the SEC with 13 saves.
• Freshman right-handed pitcher Ray Castillo leads the team with six saves to rank ninth in the SEC.
• On the pitching side during SEC games, UA is second in the SEC with a 2.57 ERA and leads the league with the fewest runs allowed (47). The Tide is fourth in opponent's batting average (.242), hits allowed (114), and tied for third in saves (4).
Brett Booth, who had 10 walks in 55 games last season, leads the team with 21 this season. Booth is also ninth in the SEC with a team-high 32 runs scored. Defensively, Booth has thrown out 31 runners (including four pick-offs). His 27 runners caught stealing are the most in the SEC. The next best in the SEC is Arkansas's Jake Wise with 15.
• Alabama second baseman Kyle Overstreet ranks second in the SEC with 35 fielding double plays, while shortstop Mikey White is fourth in the conference with 30 fielding double plays this season.

After playing three games against No. 2 LSU, Alabama will travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., for a Wednesday night game against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. CST, from Pete Taylor Park. In the first meeting of the season, Alabama defeated the No. 21 ranked Golden Eagles, 10-8, at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Feb. 18. Dating back to 1962, the Tide is 68-26 all-time against USM. Alabama is 20-15 when the teams play in Hattiesburg, Miss.

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