May 6, 2013
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Crimson Tide (27-21, 11-12 SEC) returns to Sewell-Thomas Stadium for a five-game homestand and wrap up the 2013 home schedule this week. The Crimson Tide will play its final two non-conference games of the year when they host Mississippi Valley State (5-41) on Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. CST, and Troy (35-12) on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. CST.
All Alabama baseball games throughout the 2013 season will be broadcast by the Crimson Tide Sports Network (CTSN). Both midweek games between 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 and a live webcast will be available through the subscription package on RollTide.com/TIDETV, for both games.
Alabama enters the week after losing all three games to No. 15 Mississippi State this past weekend. The Tide lost the first game 10-6, before losing the next two games in extra innings, 5-4 (10) and 7-6 (11), respectively.
Mississippi Valley State has lost its last five games overall after being swept by Alabama State this past weekend. MVSU lost the opening game of the series to the Hornets 6-5 on Saturday, before falling 9-4 and 2-1 in a doubleheader on Sunday.
Troy will make the trip to Tuscaloosa ranked No. 25 in this week's Collegiate Baseball News top-30 poll. After sweeping Florida International last weekend, the Trojans have won their last four games and 11 of their last 12 overall.
Alabama will start freshman right-handed pitcher Mike Oczypok (3-1, 2.91) against Mississippi Valley State and sophomore LHP Taylor Guilbeau (3-1, 2.97) against Troy on Wednesday. MVSU will send righty David Lostra (3-7, 6.72) to the mound on Tuesday night. Lostra threw 6.0 innings, allowing a run on two hits, and was the winning pitcher when MVSU defeated Alabama last season. Troy has not named a starting pitcher for Wednesday night's game.
TUESDAY W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Mike Oczypok (Fr., RHP) 3-1 2.91 8/2 21.1 17 7 7 8 11
MVSU-David Lostra (Jr., RHP) 3-7 6.72 18/9 71.0 90 74 53 41 42
WEDNESDAY W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Taylor Guilbeau (Soph., LHP) 3-1 2.97 13/5 39.1 34 15 13 23 30
ABOUT MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
Mississippi Valley State will make the trip to Tuscaloosa with a 5-41 overall record.
The Delta Devils had dropped their last five games and 15-of-16 after being swept by Alabama State last weekend.
As a team, MVSU is hitting .211 on the year, while averaging 3.4 runs and 6.4 hits per game.
The Valley has a 7.86 team ERA and opponents are hitting .331 against them.
MVSU's leading hitter is German Hays with a .299 average in 137 at-bats. German leads the team with 41 hits and is tied with Mark Kaplan with 18 RBI.
Edmond Cheatham is hitting .282 and is second on the team with 24 runs scored.
Seth Milliorn leads the team with 11 doubles and 25 runs scored while hitting .248 on the year.
David Lostra is slated to start on the mound and enters the game with a 3-7 record in 18 appearances and nine starts. Lostra has a 6.72 ERA in a team-high 71.0 innings pitch.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. MVSU
Tuesday's game between Alabama and Mississippi Valley St., will mark the 18th meeting all-time between the two schools.
The Tide is 16-1 against the Delta Devils.
In the most recent meeting, MVSU posted an 8-3 win in the second game of a doubleheader at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on April 18, 2012.
All 17 games have been played in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
ABOUT THE TROY TROJANS
Troy will make the trip to Tuscaloosa with a 35-12 overall record after posting a sweep of Florida International over the weekend.
The Trojans are ranked No. 25 by Collegiate Baseball News, and are receiving votes in the NCBWA and USA Today's Sports Coaches polls.
Troy is hitting .306 as a team, while averaging 7.1 runs and 10.3 hits per game.
The Trojans' pitching staff has a 3.88 ERA while holding opponents to a .241 average for the season.
Logan Pierce leads the team with a .380 batting average with 19 doubles, a triple, four home runs and 53 RBI.
Danny Collins is hitting .376 for the season and leads the club with 22 doubles to go along with nine home runs and 58 RBI, both second on the team.
Trae Santos leads the team with 14 home runs and 60 RBI while hitting .308 for the year.
Tyler Vaughn is hitting .354, Josh McDorman has a .340 average and Matthew Howard hits at a .307 clip.
Troy has not announced a starting pitcher.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. TROY
Wednesday's game between Alabama and Troy will make the 27th meeting all-time between the two schools.
Alabama holds an 18-8 record against the Trojans, in a series that dates back to the 1941 campaign.
The Tide has won three of the last four meetings overall, and four straight in Tuscaloosa.
In the most recent meeting, Alabama posted a 10-5 victory over the Trojans in Tuscaloosa on May 15, 2012.
Earlier in the 2012 season, Troy posted a 9-0 win over the Tide with the teams played in Troy, Ala., on March 20.
Alabama and Troy have played 20 games in Tuscaloosa, and the Tide holds a 16-4 advantage all-time at home against the Trojans.
LAST TIME OUT
Alabama dropped the final game of the series to No. 15 Mississippi State, 7-6, in 11 innings.
MSU's C.T. Bradford delivered a walk-off RBI single with one out in the 11th inning as the Bulldogs completed the series sweep of the Tide.
Alabama held a 6-3 lead before Mississippi State scored three runs in the seventh inning to tie the game.
The 11th inning run was the only run allowed by reliever Jon Keller, who took the loss after throwing 3.2 innings on Sunday.
Shortstop Mikey White was 3-for-5 with three RBI, which included his first career home run, a three-run shot in the fifth inning.
Kyle Overstreet and Austen Smith had two hits in the game.
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 10-10 in the last 20.
The Tide is 16-9 against non-conference opponents this season and has a 10-3 record in midweek games.
The Crimson Tide is 24-2 when leading after six, 25-1 when leading after seven and 27-0 when leading after eight innings.
The Alabama pitching staff has a 3.33 ERA with a .253 OBA to rank seventh in the SEC. The Tide has 343 strikeouts to rank seventh in the SEC, while its 145 looking strikeouts rank second in the conference.
Alabama pitchers are averaging 7.1 strikeouts per game.
During SEC play, Alabama ranks fifth in the conference with a 3.36 team ERA and a .252 opponent's batting average.
The Tide is 44-for-67 (.657) in stolen base attempts and ranks sixth in the SEC in stolen bases.
Alabama is outscoring its opponents 30-20 in the first inning, 31-11 in the sixth inning and 36-26 in the eighth inning. However, Bama is being outscored 28-20 in the seventh and 12-3 in the ninth and 8-1 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 16 of its 17 save opportunities this season. Alabama is tied for second with Arkansas in the SEC with 16 saves. South Carolina leads the conference with 19 saves and Vanderbilt is second with 17.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Ray Castillo leads the team with eight saves to rank ninth in the SEC. Castillo has converted 8-of-9 save opportunities this season.
Brett Booth, who had 10 walks in 55 games last season, leads the team with 25 walks and 36 runs scored this season. Defensively, Booth has thrown out 37 runners (including five pick-offs) and has thrown out 53.6 percent of runners trying to steal. His 32 runners caught stealing are the most in the SEC. The next best in the SEC is Mississippi's Stuart Turner with 19.
Alabama second baseman Kyle Overstreet ranks second in the SEC with 43 fielding double plays, while shortstop Mikey White is sixth in the conference with 36 fielding double plays this season.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
Alabama dropped all three games of its series to No. 15 Mississippi State.
After falling 10-6 in the first game, the Crimson Tide suffered back-to-back extra inning losses to the Bulldogs to close the series.
With the two extra-inning losses, Alabama is now 1-6 in extra-inning games this season, with all those game coming against ranked opponents.
The Tide is now 3-13 against ranked opponents this season.
UA came into the week 24-0 when leading games after six innings, and dropped the final two games of the series after holding a sixth-inning lead in both games.
Taylor Guilbeau appeared in the first game of the series, where he threw three scoreless and hitless innings in relief of Spencer Turnbull ... Guilbeau recorded four strikeouts and walked one.
Spencer Turnbull suffered his first loss during SEC play after moving back to the game one starting role, he allowed 10 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings ... Turnbull's ERA during league play jumped from 1.00 to 2.52, and his season ERA went from 2.26 to 3.28 for the year after his start.
Ray Castillo allowed two runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in game two of the doubleheader ... Castillo suffered his first blown save of the season and took the loss to drop to 2-2 on the year ... Castillo is 8-for-9 in save opportunities this season.
Jon Keller appeared in two games of the series, recording 4.1 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts ... the only run Keller allowed was the game-winning run in the 11th inning in the series finale to get the loss, he is now 3-6 on the season.
Charley Sullivan tossed 6.1 innings in game two of the series, allowing three runs on eight hits for his sixth quality start of the season ... Sullivan is 4-4 with a 3.36 ERA in a team-high 72.1 innings pitched, he also leads the club with 64 strikeouts.
POSITION PLAYER NOTES
Mikey White hit .308 (4-for-13) in the series against Mississippi State, and recorded three of his four hits in the series finale on Sunday ... White hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning of game three, it was the first of his career ... White matched Austen Smith for team-high honors with four RBI in the series ... White also leads the team with a .293 batting average during SEC play.
Austen Smith clubbed a pair of home runs in the Saturday doubleheader, hitting one in each game, and he now leads the team with five home runs this season ... Smith, who led the Tide with four runs scored in the MSU series, was 5-for-14 (.357) with a double for a .857 slugging percentage against the Bulldogs.
Brett Booth paced the Tide with a .400 (4-for-10) average in the series, and added two walks and was hit by a pitch for a .538 on-base percentage against MSU ... Booth leads the team with 25 walks and 36 runs scored, is second with four home runs and fourth with 26 RBI.
Andrew Miller was 3-for-10 in the series with three walks and two runs scored.
Steven Cole started the final two games of the series as the designated hitter, going 2-for-8 (.250) with three runs scored ... the start marked the second and third of the season for Cole, who had not started a game since Feb. 16, against VMI.
ON DECK FOR THE TIDE
Following the two midweek games against Mississippi Valley State and Troy, Alabama returns to SEC action to host Missouri on the weekend.
The series between Alabama and Missouri will begin on Friday night with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CST, from Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Game two of the series on Saturday will begin at 1 p.m. CST, and will be televised on Fox Sports South with Dave Neal and Larry Conley calling the action.
Sunday's series finale will begin at 1:05 p.m. CST.
TIDE TO HONOR 7 SENIORS ON SATURDAY
Prior to the start of Saturday's game against Missouri, Alabama will honor seven seniors on this year's baseball team.
This season's senior class includes junior college transfers Kenny Roberts, Cameron Carlisle and Charley Sullivan, and four-year players Andrew Miller, Brett Booth, Trey Pilkington and Taylor Wolfe.
The pregame recognition will take place approximately 20 minutes before the scheduled start of the game.
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