Baseball Welcomes Mississippi State to Sewell-Thomas for SEC Series
May 3, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama (17-28, 6-15 SEC) will play a three-game series against Mississippi State this weekend. The first game of the series will be Friday night with first pitch scheduled at 6:35 p.m. CT, from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Game two of the series is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. CT on Saturday, and the series wraps up with a 1:05 p.m. CT game on Sunday. Mississippi State (27-17, 10-11 SEC) comes into the week having won six of its last seven games, and is ranked No. 29 in the Collegiate Baseball News poll.
All games for the 2012 season will be broadcast on the Crimson Tide Sports Network. All three games against Mississippi State can be heard on WFFN-FM 95.3. Chris Stewart and Lee Tracey will provide the radio commentary for the MSU series. The audio and video broadcast, along with live stats will be available at RollTide.com.
Probable Starting Pitcher Matchups
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Sunday W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
After throwing seven no-hit innings against fourth-ranked South Carolina last week, Alabama’s Spencer Turnbull was named the SEC Freshman of the Week. In his only start of the week, Spencer Turnbull did not allow a hit in a career-high seven innings against fourth-ranked South Carolina. Turnbull turned in his best outing of the season, allowing no runs, on no hits with five strikeouts. Turnbull gave up four walks and one hit batter, but did not allow a runner past second base in the game. Turnbull had thrown 97 pitches, 53 for strikes, before lightning halted the game with Alabama batting in the top of in the eighth inning, and the score tied at 0-0.
Ben Moore leads the Tide with a .352 batting average and is hitting .366 during conference games, to rank fifth in the SEC in both categories. Moore leads the team with 58 hits, is second with 10 doubles, 26 runs scored and 27 RBI. Taylor Dugas is second on the team with a .331 average, and he leads the team with 21 walks and 18 HBP for a team-high .452 on-base percentage. Dugas needs four (4) more hits to break Andy Phillips’ school record of 322 career hits. Dugas has five triples this season and holds the school record with 16 in his career. With his 11th double of the season on April 27, he has 66 and holds the school record for career doubles. Jared Reaves is tied with Brett Booth for the team lead with four home runs. Booth leads the team with 28 RBI and Reaves is second on the squad with 27. Reaves is hitting .303 for the season, which is third best for the Tide.
Mississippi State comes into the eighth week of SEC play with a 27-17 overall record and a 10-11 mark in conference play. The Bulldogs are coming off a series victory over No. 21 Mississippi last week, and are in tied for third in the SEC Western Division. After opening SEC play with a 3-6 start, MSU is 7-5 in its last 12 conference games, which includes three series wins. The Bulldogs are hitting .254 for the season with 18 home runs. The MSU pitching staff has a 2.87 ERA, while holding opponents to a .245 average.
Adam Frazier leads the club with a .343 batting average and 34 runs scored. He is second on the squad with 11 doubles and has driven in 18 runs. Frazier also leads the team with 37 walks en route to a .462 on-base percentage. Daryl Norris is second on the team with a .308 batting average. Trey Porter leads the team with five home runs and Wes Rea has a team-high 32 RBI and 12 doubles and is second on the team with four home runs.
Friday starting pitcher Chris Stratton has an 8-0 record with a 2.39 ERA in 11 appearances and seven starts this season. Stratton has a team-high 95 strikeouts in a team-leading 75.1 innings pitched. Stratton is averaging 1.26 strikeouts per inning. MSU Saturday starter Kendall Graveman has a 3-3 record with a 3.04 ERA in 11 starts this season. Graveman has thrown 68.0 innings and has a team-best two complete games. Caleb Reed has eight saves in a team-high 18 appearances this season.
In a series that began in 1896, the three games this weekend will be games 380-382 between the two schools. After winning two of three games in Starkville last season, Alabama holds a 209-167-3 advantage overall. Last year, Alabama won the opening game of the series, 5-4, in 10 innings, thanks to a 10th inning, pinch-hit home run by Brett Whitaker. After UA posted a 5-4 win in game two, MSU won the series finale, 8-5. In the last series played in Tuscaloosa, Alabama swept all three games of the SEC series. Alabama has won the last six series dating back to the 2006 season. During that stretch, UA is 14-4 against the Bulldogs. Head coach Mitch Gaspard is 5-1 all-time against Mississippi State, will all six games coming in his three seasons at the Capstone.
For the second straight week, Alabama will not play a mid-week game. The Crimson Tide returns to SEC play on Friday with game one of a three-game series against at Kentucky. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CT, from Cliff Hagan Stadium. Game two of the series begins at 1 p.m. CT, on Saturday, and the series finale is slated for 12 p.m. CT, on Sunday.
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