April 25, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Crimson Tide (25-18, 9-9 SEC) will host Texas A&M (22-20, 7-11 SEC) in a three-game Southeastern Conference series this weekend. The series begins on Friday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CST, from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Game two is slated for 2:05 p.m. CST, on Saturday and the series finale will start at 1:05 p.m. CST, on Sunday.
All Alabama baseball games throughout the 2013 season will be broadcast by the Crimson Tide Sports Network (CTSN). All three games between Alabama and Texas A&M will be broadcast on 95.3 The Bear in Tuscaloosa, with Chris Stewart and Lee Tracey calling the action. Livestats will be available on RollTide.com. A live webcast for all three games of the series will be available on RollTide.com through the subscription package.
Friday's game against Texas A&M will feature the "Night at the Joe" promotion. There will be a concert by the Whiskey River Band starting at 5 p.m., the first 1,500 students will receive a "Built-by-Bama" Koozie, and the first 500 students will receive a voucher for a hot dog in the fifth inning. Saturday will be Warrior Baseball Day with FREE admission with a Warrior baseball jersey. Alabama baseball and Big Al will sign autographs at Kentuck Park from noon-1 p.m. UA will giveaway Ion necklaces to the first 500 kids in attendance and its Baseball Bingo Day. Sunday is Black Warrior Council Day, Boy Scouts Appreciation Day and Kids Day at the Joe. All Kids 18 and under receive FREE admission, the first 250 Kids 12 and under receive a FREE hot dog and drink.
Alabama will start senior RHP Charley Sullivan (3-3, 3.36) on Friday, sophomore LHP Justin Kamplain (0-0, 5.40) on Saturday, and sophomore RHP Spencer Turnbull (4-1, 2.26) on Sunday. The Aggies' rotation will be sophomore RHP Daniel Mengden (4-2, 2.04) on Friday, junior RHP Parker Ray (0-0, 0.69) on Saturday and junior RHP Rafael Pineda (3-4, 3.67) on Sunday.
Probable Starting Pitcher Breakdowns
Friday W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Charley Sullivan (Sr., RHP) 3-4 3.36 10/10 59.0 62 26 22 17 56
TAMU-Daniel Mengden (Soph., RHP) 4-2 2.04 10/10 66.1 49 20 15 13 55
Saturday W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Justin Kamplain (Soph., LHP) 0-0 5.40 15/3 30.0 23 19 18 12 25
TAMU-Parker Ray (Jr., RHP) 0-0 0.69 17/0 26.0 20 3 2 5 16
Sunday W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Spencer Turnbull (Soph., RHP) 4-1 2.26 10/10 63.2 62 22 16 23 33
TAMU-Rafael Pineda (Jr., RHP) 3-4 3.67 11/9 41.2 49 21 17 11 20
Alabama is coming off a 7-4 come-from-behind win at Southern Mississippi on Wednesday night. After trailing 4-2 after two innings, Alabama scored twice in the sixth, before rallying for three runs in the eighth inning. In their most recent SEC action, 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. Texas A&M suffered a 4-1 loss to Texas State on Tuesday night, after losing the last two games of its SEC series to No. 10 Arkansas last weekend.
With a single against Southern Miss on Wednesday, Georgie Salem extended his hitting streak to seven games. Salem leads the team with a .283 average this year and is second on the team with 13 multi-hit games. Ben Moore had a pair of doubles and an RBI against the Golden Eagles and is now tied with Kyle Overstreet for the team lead with 27 RBI. After posting three hits against Southern Miss, Austen Smith is now hitting .276 and is tied with more for second on the club in batting average.
Texas A&M will make its first trip to Tuscaloosa with a 22-20 overall record and a 7-11 mark in SEC play. After winning 18 of their first 22 games, the Aggies have lost 12 of their last 16 and seven of the last eight games. Since starting SEC play with a 5-1 record, the Aggies are 2-10 in their last 12 conference games. Texas A&M is hitting .275 as a team for the season to rank fifth in the SEC. During conference play, the Aggies are hitting .268 which is sixth best in the league. The Aggies have a 3.79 ERA for the year, but during conference play, TAMU has a 5.03 ERA, which is 13th in the SEC.
The top hitter on the team is Mikey Reynolds with a .399 mark overall. His .353 average during conference play is second on the team. Reynolds leads the team with 26 runs scored. Cole Lankford is the team's leading hitter during SEC play with a .367 mark. Lankford is second on the team with a .364 average for the season while leading the team with 10 doubles and 21 RBI. Troy Stein leads the team with three home runs while hitting .315 for the year.
On the mound, Friday starter Daniel Mengden has a 2.04 ERA in 10 starts and leads the team with 66.1 innings pitched and 55 strikeouts. Mengden is 1-1 in six starts during SEC play with a 2.04 ERA. Saturday starter Parker Ray will make his first start of the season after coming out of the bullpen for his first 17 appearances of the year. Ray has a 0-0 record with a 0.69 ERA in 26 innings pitched this season. Rafael Pineda will make his 10th start of the year on Sunday and enters the weekend with a 3-4 record and a 3.67 ERA in 41.2 innings pitched.
When Alabama and Texas A&M take the field on Friday, it will mark the fourth ever meeting between the two schools and first as SEC opponents. In a series that dates back to 1995, the Aggies have won the three games played in the all-time series. In the most recent meeting, Texas A&M defeated the Tide, 16-5, on May 31, 2005, in the second round of the NCAA Regional in College Station. The first two games of the series were played in the Continental Aggie Classic in 1995, as TAMU defeated the Tide, 6-2 and 5-4.
In its last non-conference road game of the season, Alabama defeated Southern Miss, 7-4, on Wednesday. With the score tied at 4-4, Alabama scored three runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Golden Eagles for the second time this season. Austen Smith sparked the Crimson Tide offense with a 3-for-4 performance that included three RBI and two runs scored. Ben Moore had a pair of doubles and scored twice, and had the game-winning RBI in the eighth inning. Reliever Jay Shaw had his longest outing of his career, throwing 3.1 hitless and scoreless innings. Taylor Guilbeau threw two scoreless innings to earn the win and improve to 3-1 and Tucker Hawley threw a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season and second of his career. The Alabama bullpen combined to throw 7.1 innings, allowing no runs on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
After playing three games against Texas A&M, Alabama will not play a midweek game for the first time this season. Alabama returns to the diamond when it travels to Starkville, Miss., to take on nationally-ranked Mississippi State next weekend. The series between the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs will start on Friday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. CST, from Dudy Noble Field. Friday night's game will be televised on ESPNU. Game two of the series will be Saturday at 2 p.m. CST, and first pitch for the series finale will be 1:30 p.m. CST, on Sunday.
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