May 9, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Crimson Tide (29-21, 11-12 SEC) will complete its 2013 regular season home schedule with a three-game series against the Missouri Tigers (15-28, 7-17 SEC) this weekend. The series between the Tide and Tigers will begin on Friday night with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CST, from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Game two is scheduled for 1:05 p.m., on Saturday and the final game of the series will begin at 12:30 p.m. CST on Sunday. The Saturday game of the series will be televised on Fox Sports South with Dave Neal and Larry Conley calling the action.
All Alabama baseball games throughout the 2013 season will be broadcast by the Crimson Tide Sports Network (CTSN). All three games of the Missouri series 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 for the Friday and Sunday games will be available through the subscription package on RollTide.com/TIDETV, for both games.
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.
The Crimson Tide is coming off a pair of midweek wins that included an 8-3 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday night, and an 11-2 win over No. 25 Troy on Wednesday. In its most recent SEC action, Alabama dropped all three games at No. 15 Mississippi State last 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. Missouri was off during the week and is coming off a weekend that saw the Tigers drop all three games at Texas A&M.
Alabama will start RHP Charley Sullivan on Friday, RHP Spencer Turnbull on Saturday and LHP Justin Kamplain on Sunday. Mizzou will start LHP Rob Zastryzny on Friday, Brett Graves on Saturday and have not announced a starter for Sunday at this time.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Charley Sullivan (Sr., RHP) 4-4 3.36 12/12 72.1 76 31 27 19 64
UM-Rob Zastryzny (Jr., LHP) 2-9 3.93 11/11 75.2 79 36 33 21 71
Saturday W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Spencer Turnbull (Soph., RHP) 4-2 3.28 11/11 68.2 72 32 25 25 36
UM-Brett Graves (soph., RHP) 1-5 3.94 12/11 61.2 67 34 27 14 29
Sunday W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Justin Kamplain (Soph., LHP) 1-0 4.68 17/4 42.1 31 24 22 18 35
Missouri comes into the second to last weekend of the season with a 15-28 overall record. The Tigers currently hold the 12th spot for the SEC Baseball Tournament with a 7-17 conference record, for a .293 winning percentage. As a team, the Tigers are hitting .243 to rank 14th in the SEC. Missouri is averaging 4.1 runs and 7.8 hits per game this season. The Missouri pitching staff has a 3.98 ERA, which ranks 12th in the SEC. UM is allowing 4.9 runs and 9.4 hits per game, while opponents are hitting .279 against them.
The leading hitter for Mizzou is Dylan Kelly with a .307 average and his eight doubles are tops on the squad. Kelly is second on the team with 23 RBI and third on the club with 19 runs scored. Keaton Steele leads the team with four home runs and is hitting .252 for the year. Dane Opel is second on the squad with three home runs and leads the team with 24 RBI.
Friday night starter, Rob Zastryzny has made 11 starts this season, posting a 2-9 record with a 3.93 ERA. Zastryzny has recorded 71 strikeouts in 75.2 innings pitched to lead the team in both categories. Brett Graves enters the weekend with a 1-5 record and a 3.94 ERA in 12 appearances and 11 starts this season. Graves, who will start on Saturday, has 29 strikeouts in 61.2 innings this season.
When Alabama and Missouri meet this weekend, it will mark the first ever meeting between the two schools in baseball.
Alabama closed out its midweek and non-conference schedule with an 11-2 win over No. 25 Troy on Wednesday night. The win over a ranked Troy squad marked the Tide's fourth win over a ranked opponent this season. Alabama is now 18-9 in non-conference games and finished the regular season with a 12-3 record in midweek games. Alabama collected 13 hits in the game, as four played had multi-hit games for the Tide. Ben Moore led the way with a 3-for-5, three RBI and two run game, and Kenny Roberts was 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Brett Booth homered for the fifth time this season to cap a six-run eighth inning for the Tide. Georgie Salem was 2-for-3 and scored three times and Kyle Overstreet was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Starting pitcher Taylor Guilbeau threw 5.0 innings, allowing one run on seven hits with five strikeouts. In relief of Guilbeau, Jay Shaw threw three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a strikeout. With three scoreless innings on Wednesday, Shaw has now gone nine straight innings without allowing a run.
Following the final home SEC series of the season against Missouri, Alabama will travel to Nashville, Tenn., for a three-game series against No. 1 Vanderbilt next week. The series between the Crimson Tide and Commodores will begin on Thursday, with first pitch scored for 6:30 p.m. CST, from Hawkins Field. The series continues on Friday at 6:30 p.m. CST, and wraps up on Saturday with first pitch at 1 p.m. CST. Last season, Alabama took two of three games from the Commodores, in a series played in Tuscaloosa. When the team last played in Nashville, Vanderbilt swept the three-game series over the Tide in 2011.
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