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Tide baseball announces 2011 schedule

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama baseball team released its 2011 schedule Friday and the upcoming season is highlighted by trips to professional ballparks and visits from past College World Series participants, including the last two NCAA Champions.

The Crimson Tide faces an extremely challenging schedule, but it is not something the squad hasn't seen before. Last season Alabama had the second-toughest schedule in the country and this year the team will be challenged by some of the top teams in college baseball yet again.

"We'll face a lot of teams that appeared in the NCAA Regionals last year," UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "You have the defending national champions (South Carolina) coming in here. All the conference games are extremely tough. Once again, we feel like it's a real challenging schedule for us this spring."

The Tide begins the 2011 campaign Friday, Feb. 18 in Tuscaloosa with a three-game series Alcorn State. A week later the team heads to Mobile, Ala., for the South Alabama Tournament Feb. 25-27. Immediately following that, the Tide faces 2009 College World Series participant Southern Mississippi at home in a Wednesday showdown on March 2.

Alabama begins a tough stretch in March with a pair of non-conference games against SEC foes at neutral sites. That stretch begins against Georgia on March 9 at Coolray Stadium, the home of the Gwinnett Braves, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves followed by a visit to Riverwalk Stadium, the home of the Montgomery Biscuits, the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, to face the Auburn Tigers. The Tide will also face in-state opponent UAB at Regions Park in Hoover, home of the Birmingham Barons, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox on March 22.

The Tide begins SEC play on Friday, March 18, when it travels to Oxford to take on Mississippi for a weekend series. SEC play at Sewell-Thomas Stadium begins Friday, March 25, as the Tide welcomes Kentucky for the weekend. As the team heads into May it faces a tough eight-game SEC stretch. UA welcomes the 2009 NCAA Champion, LSU, to the friendly confines of Sewell-Thomas Stadium starting May 6 for a three-game series. The team then heads to Auburn to face its in-state rival for the final road series of the season. The Tide hosts South Carolina, college baseball's 2010 NCAA Champion, to close out the regular season May 19-21.

"The league is so tough that you just have to go one game at a time," Gaspard said. "The biggest thing for us in the front part of the season is that we need to try to find that chemistry as a team. You can't always determine how the ball's going to bounce but we can certainly determine how we approach the game mentally each night."

Season ticket plans for all 33 games at Sewell-Thomas Stadium start at just $60. For more information on season and individual tickets, visit rolltide.com or call 1-877-TIDETIX.

 

2011 Alabama Baseball Schedule

DATE                     OPPONENT                         LOCATION                           TIME     

Feb. 18                 Alcorn State                       Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:05 p.m.

Feb. 19                 Alcorn State                       Tuscaloosa, Ala.               2:05 p.m.            

Feb. 20                 Alcorn State                       Tuscaloosa, Ala.               1:05 p.m.

Feb. 22                 Alabama State                  Tuscaloosa, Ala.               3:05 p.m.

Feb. 25                 at SE Louisiana !                Mobile, Ala.                        1 p.m.

Feb. 26                 at S. Alabama !                  Mobile, Ala.                        1 p.m.

Feb. 27                 at UCF !                                Mobile, Ala.                        11 a.m.

March 2                Southern Mississippi     Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:05 p.m.

March 4                Northwestern State       Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:05 p.m.

March 5                Northwestern State       Tuscaloosa, Ala.               2:05 p.m.

March 6                Northwestern State       Tuscaloosa, Ala.               1:05 p.m.

March 8                Troy                                       Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:05 p.m.            

March 9                vs. Georgia &                     Gwinnett, Ga.                   6 p.m.                  

March 11             Eastern Illinois                  Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:05 p.m.

March 12             Eastern Illinois                  Tuscaloosa, Ala.               2:05 p.m.

March 13             Eastern Illinois                  Tuscaloosa, Ala.               1:05 p.m.

March 15             vs. Auburn %                     Montgomery, Ala.           7 p.m.

March 18             at Mississippi*                   Oxford, Miss.                     5:30 p.m.

March 19             at Mississippi*                   Oxford, Miss.                     Noon

March 20             at Mississippi*                   Oxford, Miss.                     Noon

March 22             UAB                                       Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:05 p.m.

March 23             Jacksonville State            Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:05 p.m.

March 25             Kentucky*                          Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:35 p.m.            

March 26             Kentucky*                          Tuscaloosa, Ala.               2:05 p.m.

March 27             Kentucky*                          Tuscaloosa, Ala.               1:05 p.m.

March 29             vs. UAB $                             Hoover, Ala.                       6:30 p.m.

March 30             South Alabama                 Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:05 p.m.

April 1                   Arkansas*                           Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:35 p.m.            

April 2                   Arkansas*                           Tuscaloosa, Ala.               2:05 p.m.

April 3                   Arkansas*                           Tuscaloosa, Ala.               1:05 p.m.

April 5                   Samford                               Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:05 p.m.

April 8                   at Vanderbilt*                   Nashville, Tenn.                6 p.m.

April 9                   at Vanderbilt*                   Nashville, Tenn.                2 p.m.  

April 10                 at Vanderbilt*                   Nashville, Tenn.                1 p.m.

April 12                Miss. Valley State           Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:05 p.m.

April 13                Miss. Valley State           Tuscaloosa, Ala.               3:05 p.m.

April 15                Tennessee*                       Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:35 p.m.

April 16                Tennessee*                       Tuscaloosa, Ala.               2:05 p.m.

April 17                Tennessee*                       Tuscaloosa, Ala.               1:05 p.m.

April 19                 at Samford                          Birmingham, Ala.              6 p.m.

April 22                 at Florida*                           Gainesville, Fla.                 7 p.m.

April 23                 at Florida*                           Gainesville, Fla.                 7 p.m.

April 24                 at Florida*                           Gainesville, Fla.                 1 p.m.

April 26                 at Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, Miss.           6 p.m.

April 29                 at Mississippi State*       Starkville, Miss.                 6:30 p.m.

April 30                 at Mississippi State*       Starkville, Miss.                 2 p.m.

May 1                    at Mississippi State*       Starkville, Miss.                 1:30 p.m.

May 6                    LSU*                                      Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:35 p.m.

May 7                    LSU*                                      Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:35 p.m.                            

May 8                    LSU*                                      Tuscaloosa, Ala.               1:05 p.m.

May 13                 at Auburn*                         Auburn, Ala.                       6 p.m.

May 14                 at Auburn*                         Auburn, Ala.                       3 p.m.

May 15                 at Auburn*                         Auburn, Ala.                       1 p.m.

May 19                 South Carolina*               Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:35 p.m.

May 20                 South Carolina*               Tuscaloosa, Ala.               6:35 p.m.

May 21                 South Carolina*               Tuscaloosa, Ala.               1:05 p.m.

May 25-29           at SEC Tournament         Hoover, Ala.                       TBA

 

! = South Alabama Tournament

& = Coolray Stadium (Gwinnett, Ga.)

% = Riverwalk Stadium (Montgomery, Ala.)

$ = Regions Park (Hoover, Ala.)

* = SEC Game

 

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics

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