Bama Hosts UAB in Final Nonconference Game of Season


Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Emeel Salem
Emeel Salem


ON THE MOUND:  The starting pitchers have not been announced.

RADIO/TV:  The Alabama-UAB game will be broadcast through the Crimson Tide Sports Network and will be aired locally in Tuscaloosa on THE TUSK (WACT, 1420-AM).  David Crane and Chris Stewart will call the action from the Joe. The game will also be televised by CSS Sports, with Matt Stewart (play-by-play) and Matt Coulter (color) calling the action.

Date    Game             Time      Radio/TV                  
May 4   vs. UAB          6:36 PM   CTSN, WACT 1420-AM, CSS-TV
May 6   at Miss. State   6:30 PM   CTSN, WACT 1420-AM
May 7   at Miss. State   6:30 PM   CTSN, WACT 1420-AM
May 8   at Miss. State   1:30 PM   CTSN, WACT 1420-AM

INTERNET BROADCAST:  Live audio broadcasts and live stats can be found at

TICKETS:  Tickets for all Alabama home games are available through the UA Athletic Ticket office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Tickets can also be purchased at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, two hours prior to each game.  Tickets for the UAB game are $1 as part of a year-long "Buck Night" promotion.


The No. 12 Alabama Crimson Tide (32-14, 13-8 SEC) closes out its regular-season, non-conference slate against in-state rival UAB Blazers (28-16) in regionally televised game on Wednesday, May 4 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa.  The game will be televised live by CSS Sports beginning at 6:36 p.m.  While the UAB game is the final non-conference game on the 2005 schedule, Alabama has the option to play one more non-SEC game this season.  The Crimson Tide was rained out on April 6 against SE Louisiana and that game has not been rescheduled at this time.  Alabama will be looking to avenge a 7-1 loss at UAB on Feb. 24 at Young Memorial Field.  The Crimson Tide managed only five hits and made three errors in one of its worst performances of the season in the loss to the Blazers.  Alabama has posted a 19-6 (.760) record in non SEC games this season and has won five of the last six games.  The Crimson Tide won eight straight non-conference games from Feb. 25-March 9.  Miami (Ohio) took two of three from Alabama here at the Joe (Mar. 11-13) and snapped the Tide's streak of 34 consecutive non-SEC home series wins that dated back to 1994.  Alabama is 4-1 (.800) against in-state foes this season and has a four-game winning streak since its February loss to UAB in Birmingham.  Freshman SS Cale Iorg (.386, HR, 3 RBI) is the leading hitter against in-state teams this season and has scored six runs in five games.  Junior 3B Evan Bush and senior RF Morrow Thomley have five RBI.


Alabama enters the UAB game with a 19-6 (.760) non-conference record ... The Crimson Tide was 19-6 in non SEC games last year ... Alabama has not won 20 non conference games in a season since posting a 23-2 (.920) regular season, non-conference record in 2002 ... Alabama has won seven of its last nine games, including back-to-back home SEC series with South Carolina and Georgia ... Alabama wraps up its nine-game home stand with UAB on Wednesdsay ... Alabama is 6-2 (.750) in its previous eight home games ... The Crimson Tide has trailed in 34 of 46 games this season and has posted 20 come-from-behind wins ... Of the 20 comeback wins, 12 have taken place in the sixth inning or later ...


*Alabama leads the all-time series with UAB, 34-13 (.723).  The Blazers took the first meeing the 2005 season with a 7-1 win over the Crimson Tide on Feb. 24 at Young Memorial Field.

*Alabama entered the 2005 season with a six-game series inning streak following three straight series sweeps over UAB in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

*The Alabama-UAB series began in 1974 with the Crimson Tide sweeping the four games played that season. 

*Alabama has compiled a 18-5 (.783) all-time record in Tuscaloosa against UAB.

*Alabama is 16-8 (.667) against UAB in Birmingham.

*The Crimson Tide has posted an 8-3 (727) record in games played at Young Memorial Field. 

*Alabama head coach Jim Wells is 14-6 (.700) in his career against UAB.

*UAB head coach Larry Giangrosso is 3-7  (.300) in his career against Alabama.


*The UAB Blazers (28-16, 12-9 C-USA) are coming off a home series win over Charlotte this past week and the Blazers took two of three from the 49ers at Young Memorial Field.

*Overall, UAB has won five of its last seven games, including a 3-1 mark last week.

*The Blazers are hitting .281 (417-for-1486) on the season with 41 home runs and 253 RBI in 44 games.

*UAB averages 6.5 runs and 9.5 hits per game this season.

*The Blazers have only two players hitting over .300 for the season.

*Freshman centerfielder and lead off hitter  Clint Toomey (Chickasaw, Ala.) leads the team with a .351 (53-for-150) average in 42 games. He has added one home run and 20 RBI.

*The left-hander also leads the team in runs scored (40), hits (53), triples (3) and on-base percentage (.491).

*Toomey batted .429 (6-for-14) last week with four RBI and a team-high six walks.

*He leads C-USA with a .492 on-base percentage and his 39 walks rank second in the league.

*Senior 1B Nathan McCorkle (Hoover) is batting .316 (54-for-171) on the season with eight home runs and 33 RBI.

*Senior outfielder Cole Helms (Southside) is batting .286 (46-for-161) with eight home runs and 37 RBI.

*Senior second baseman Seth Rollin (Montgomery) has seven home runs and 22 RBI in 44 games.

*Junior shortstop Ryan Metcalf (Pelham)  is batting 256 (31-for-121) in 44 games, with three home runs and 14 RBI.

*Metcalf is coming off a solid week, where he hit .538 (7-for-13), with two doubles, two RBI and scored eight runs.  He was also perfect in four stolen base attempts.

*The pitching staff has compiled a 28-16 record and 4.81 ERA this season. 

*The Blazers also have 13 saves this season.

*UAB pitchers have worked 389 innings and allowed 431 hits, 235 runs and 208 earned runs, with 173 walks and 302 strikeouts.

*The starter for the Alabama game has yet to be determined.

*The UAB bullpen is solid, especially the work they get from senior RHPs Ryan Huffman (Homewood) and Eric Roberts (Hueytown).

*The duo has combined for 43 appearances this season and posted an 8-2 record with 12 saves.

*Roberts has worked a team high 23 games and compiled a 2-2 record, with nine saves and a 3.45 ERA.

*He has worked 31 1/3 innings and allowed 36 hits, 13 runs and 12 earned runs, with seven walks and 32 strikeouts.

*Huffman has appeared in 20 games and has gone 6-0 with 2.03 ERA and three saves.

*Huffman has worked 40 innings and allowed 37 hits, 15 runs and 10 earned runs, with 15 walks and 31 strikeouts.

*The senior posted two wins in three games (7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 7 K) last week for UAB.

*He is 6-0 out of the bullpen in 2005.

*Huffman is one of two Conference USA pitchers who have five victories along with at least one save

*UAB has played defense, too.  The Blazers are fielding .971 (50 errors) and have turned 50 double plays. 

*Metcalf leads the way with 13 errors.  However, he did not commit an error in 20 chances last week.