Baseball Travels to Southern Miss on Wednesday Night

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Jon Keller will start for the Tide on Wednesday at USM, it will be his ninth start of the year.
Jon Keller will start for the Tide on Wednesday at USM, it will be his ninth start of the year.

April 23, 2013

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama Crimson Tide (24-18, 9-9 SEC) will travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (21-18, 10-5 CUSA) on Wednesday night. First pitch for the midweek game is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST, from Pete Taylor Park. The game between Alabama and Southern Miss will be the second of the season between the two schools. Alabama won the first meeting, 10-8, when the teams squared off in Tuscaloosa on Feb. 19.

All Alabama baseball games throughout the 2013 season will be broadcast by the Crimson Tide Sports Network (CTSN). Wednesday’s game between Alabama and Southern Miss 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 Wednesday’s game will be available on through the subscription package.

The Crimson Tide is coming off a 4-3, 10-inning win over No. 2 LSU on Sunday, to avoid being swept by the Tigers. Alabama is currently receiving votes in the NCBWA poll and the USA Today Sports Coaches poll. Southern Mississippi won 10 straight games before suffering a 2-1 loss at Memphis on Sunday. Alabama is slated to start sophomore LHP Jon Keller (3-5, 3.50 ERA) and Southern Miss will start junior LHP A.J. Glasshof (0-2, 3.86 ERA).

Probable Starting Pitchers
WEDNESDAY                     W-L  ERA   G/GS  IP    H   R   ER  BB  SO
UA-Jon Keller (So., LHP)      3-5  3.50  11/8  46.1  46  26  18  23  48
USM-A.J. Glasshof (Jr., LHP)  0-2  3.86   9/2  18.2  21  9   8   7   10

Southern Mississippi enters Wednesday’s game with a 21-18 overall record and is in first place in Conference USA with a 10-5 record. The Golden Eagles won 10 straight games before dropping the final game of the series at Memphis, 2-1, on Sunday. The 10-game winning streak for USM included series wins over Tulane, Marshall, and Memphis, and midweek victories over New Orleans and No. 17 Mississippi. USM is 3-6 against ranked opponents this season. The Golden Eagles are hitting .250 as a team, with 54 doubles, eight triples and 11 home runs. The USM pitching staff is holding opponents to a .243 batting average with a 3.37 ERA and 308 strikeouts in 347.2 innings pitched.

Offensively, USM is led by Austin Roussell, who is hitting .370 while playing in left field and as the designated hitter. Chase Fowler is hitting .333 and leads the team with 20 RBI. Fowler is third on the team with eight doubles and leads the team with three triples. Blake Brown leads the team with four home runs and is tied for the team lead with Isaac Rodriguez with nine doubles. Rodriguez is hitting .316 for the year and Mason Robbins chips in with a .308 average.

The Golden Eagles are slated to start junior LHP A.J. Glasshof on Wednesday. Glasshof will be making his 10th appearance and third start of the season. Glasshof has a 0-2 record with a 3.86 ERA in 18.2 innings pitched this season. He has 10 strikeouts and seven walks and opponents are hitting .288 against his this year.

In a series that dates back to the 1962 season, Wednesday’s game between Alabama and Southern Miss will mark the 98th meeting all-time between the two schools. Alabama holds a 70-27 record all-time against the Golden Eagles, following a 10-8 win over No. 21 Southern Miss on Feb. 19. UA and USM split the season series a year ago, with the Tide suffering a 14-2 loss at Southern Miss on Feb. 29, 2012, before posting an 8-3 victory over the Golden Eagles on March 13, 2012, at The Joe. Alabama has played in Hattiesburg 35 times, posting a 20-15 record on the road against Southern Miss.

Alabama Quick Hitters
• Alabama has had two season-long winning streaks of six games this season.
• The Crimson Tide is 5-5 in its last 10 games, 7-8 in its last 15 games, and 11-9 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 22-0 when leading after six, 23-0 when leading after seven and 24-0 when leading after eight innings. 
• The Alabama pitching staff has a 3.15 ERA with a .252 OBA to rank seventh in the SEC. The Tide has 303 strikeouts to rank sixth in the SEC, while its 128 looking strikeouts rank second in the conference.
• Alabama pitchers are averaging 7.2 strikeouts per game.
• During SEC play, Alabama ranks sixth in the conference with a 2.99 team ERA and seventh in the league with a .250 opponent’s batting average.
• The Tide is 43-for-64 (.671) in stolen base attempts and ranks sixth in the SEC in stolen bases.
• Alabama is outscoring its opponents 27-16 in the first inning, 27-9 in the sixth inning and 33-23 in the eighth inning. However, Bama is being outscored 25-20 in the seventh and 12-3 in the ninth and 6-1 in extra innings.
• Alabama got its first runs in the ninth inning this season when Kenny Roberts hit a 3-run home run to tie the game against No. 2 LSU in the 41st game of the year. 
• Alabama has converted all 13 of its save opportunities and is tied for fourth in the SEC with 13 saves.
• Freshman right-handed pitcher Ray Castillo leads the team with six saves to rank ninth in the SEC.
Brett Booth, who had 10 walks in 55 games last season, leads the team with 21 this season. Booth is also 10th in the SEC with a team-high 34 runs scored. Defensively, Booth has thrown out 34 runners (including five pick-offs). His 29 runners caught stealing are the most in the SEC. The next best in the SEC is Arkansas’s Jake Wise and Mississippi’s Stuart Turner with 17.
• Alabama second baseman Kyle Overstreet ranks second in the SEC with 38 fielding double plays, while shortstop Mikey White is fourth in the conference with 34 fielding double plays this season.

Following the game against Southern Miss, Alabama returns home to host the Texas A&M Aggies for a three-game SEC series this weekend. The series between the Tide and Aggies will begin on Friday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CST, from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Game two will be Saturday at 6 p.m. CST, and Sunday’s first pitch is slated for 1 p.m. CST. Friday’s game between Alabama and Texas A&M will be the fourth meeting all-time and first since the 2003 season. TAMU has won all three games played between the two schools.

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