Baseball to Host Vanderbilt This Weekend
April 19, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama welcomes Vanderbilt to Sewell-Thomas Stadium for a three-game Southeastern Conference series this weekend. First pitch for Friday night’s series opener is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CT. Game two on Saturday is scheduled for 2:05 p.m., and Sunday’s game starts at 1:05 p.m.
The Crimson Tide (14-24, 4-11) comes into the weekend after splitting a doubleheader against Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday. Vanderbilt comes into the series with a 17-20 overall record and is 6-9 in SEC play, following a 5-1 win over Middle Tennessee State on Tuesday.
All games for the 2012 season will be broadcast on the Crimson Tide Sports Network. All three games of the Vanderbilt series can be heard on WFFN-FM 95.3. Chris Stewart and Lee Tracey will provide the radio commentary for all three games against Vandy. A live webcast with audio and video, as well as live stats will be available at RollTide.com.
Probable Starting Pitcher Match-ups
Saturday W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
Sunday W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
For Alabama, freshman Ben Moore leads the Tide with a .341 batting average and is ninth in the conference with a .347 average during SEC play. After going 3-for-6 in the doubleheader versus MVSU, Taylor Dugas is second on the team with a .336 average. He leads the team with 18 walks and 15 HBP for a team-high .460 on-base percentage. Dugas has an SEC leading five triples this season, and holds the school record with 16 career triples. With his 10th double of the season on Wednesday, he has 65 career doubles to pass Dave Magadan for the school record in doubles. Jared Reaves is tied with Brett Booth for the team lead with three home runs, is second on the team with 22 RBI – behind Booth’s team-leading 25 – and third with a .315 average.
Vanderbilt comes to Tuscaloosa after winning four of its last five games and is in sixth place in the SEC Eastern. Vandy won its second SEC series of the season last week after winning two of three games against Auburn. The Commodores are hitting .272 as a team, while averaging 5.7 runs and 9.0 hits per game. The VU pitching staff has a 4.30 ERA in 328.2 innings pitched, while allowing a .252 opponent’s batting average.
Friday starter TJ Pecararo will be making his second start and sixth appearance of the season. Pecararo is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 12.0 innings pitched in 2012. Freshman right-hander Tyler Beede will start on Saturday. Beede enters the weekend series with a 1-4 record and a 4.64 ERA. He has made nine appearances and six starts this season, logging 42.2 innings pitched, the second most on the team. Kevin Ziomek will start the final game of the series for VU. Ziomek is 3-6 with a 4.91 ERA in a team-high 47.2 innings pitched. Ziomek leads the team with 48 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .228 batting average.
In a series that dates back to 1893, the three-game SEC series between Alabama and Vanderbilt will mark games 137-139. Alabama holds an 84-50-2 record all-time versus the Commodores. In the most recent games, top-ranked Vanderbilt swept the Tide in Nashville during the 2011 season, posting wins of 11-3, 7-0 and 11-6, respectively. When these two teams squared off in Tuscaloosa in 2010, Alabama won the series, 2-1, after winning the opening games 4-1 and 8-2. No. 16 Vandy salvaged the final game, 5-4. UA is 1-4 in its last five games against Vandy and 6-4 in the last 10 versus the Commodores. Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard is 2-4 all-time against Vanderbilt, with all six games coming as the Tide skipper.
After Tuesday’s game was postponed due to impending weather, Alabama split a mid-week doubleheader with Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday, winning game one, 8-0, before dropping game two 8-3. UA scored eight runs on 13 hits in the first game, as Taylor Dugas was 3-for-4 to lead the Tide. Dugas notched his 10th double of the season in the fourth inning, giving his 65 for his career to move past Dave Magadan’s 29-year old school record for the most in school history. In just his second career start, Case Nixon earned his first career victory, throwing 5.0 innings, allowing no runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts. Ben Moore, Cameron Carlisle and James Tullidge had two hits in the first game. Alabama dropped the second game of the double header after getting just four hits and three runs against MVSU. MVSU starter David Lostra allowed one run on two hits through six innings, before UA struck for two runs on two hits of the Delta Devils bullpen in the seventh. Hunter Gregory had two of the four UA hits. Cary Baxter took the loss in his first careers start. Baxter allowed two runs on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings.
Alabama has a four-game road schedule next week that includes a mid-week game at Samford on Tuesday, followed by a three-game SEC series at No. 6 South Carolina. The Tide travels to Birmingham to take on the Bulldogs at 6 p.m., at Joe Lee Griffin Field. UA returns to SEC play on Thursday night with game one of the series against the Gamecocks. The game will be televised on ESPNU beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT. The series wraps up with a 6 p.m. CT, game on Friday night and a 12:30 p.m. CT, start on Saturday.
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