TUSCALOOSA, AL. – The No. 21-ranked Alabama baseball team (19-8, 5-1 SEC) will wrap up the week with a three-game Southeastern Conference series against the No. 13-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks (18-6, 2-4 SEC) this weekend. The first game of the series is slated for 6:35 p.m. from Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Friday night. Game two begins at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday and the final game of the series will start at 1:07 p.m. and will be televised on CSS on Sunday.
Friday-Sunday, April 1-3
#21 Alabama (19-8, 5-1 SEC) vs. #13 Arkansas (18-6, 2-4 SEC)
Sewell-Thomas Stadium (6,571) • Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network (CTSN)
Play-by-Play: Chris Stewart and Lee Tracey
Stations: WFFN-FM 95.3, WTSK-AM 790- Tuscaloosa, and CTSN Affiliates
TV: CSS (Sunday Only)
Broadcasters: Matt Stewart and Scott McClanahan
Streaming Audio/Video: www.RollTide.com
Live Stats: www.RollTide.com
Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Nathan Kilcrease (Sr., RHP) 3-1 1.79 6/6 40.1 33 13 8 6 41
ARK-Cade Lynch (So., LHP) 2-0 2.40 7/5 30.0 25 8 8 8 34
Saturday W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Adam Morgan (Jr., LHP) 3-1 4.54 6/6 33.2 31 18 17 9 30
Sunday W-L ERA G/GS IP H R ER BB SO
UA-Tucker Hawley (So., RHP) 5-1 2.89 6/6 37.1 33 13 12 4 21
ARK-Randall Fant (So., LHP) 1-2 2.49 10/1 21.2 22 9 7 11 16
Alabama on the Radio
The three games of the SEC weekend series between Alabama and Arkansas can be heard on the on the radio through the Crimson Tide Sports Network. The games can be heard on WFFN-FM 95.3 and WTSK-AM 790 in Tuscaloosa, as well as other stations around Alabama, or on RollTide.com. Chris Stewart and Lee Tracey will call the action for the broadcast live from Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Nick Saban to Throw out First Pitch on Friday
Prior to the start of Friday's game against nationally ranked Arkansas, Alabama Crimson Tide head football Coach Nick Saban will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Saban guided the football team to their 13th National Championship in 2009 and has a 43-11 overall record in four seasons at the Capstone.
Crimson Tide on TV
Only the Sunday game of the three-game series between Alabama and Arkansas will be televised, and can be seen on Comcast SportSouth (CSS), beginning at 1:07 p.m. CT. Play-by-play announcer Matt Stewart will be joined by former Alabama outfielder Scott McClanahan, who will provide the color commentary. The broadcast will also be available on ESPN3.com, but is subject to blackout on some areas.
Crimson Tide Cracks National Rankings
Following a perfect 5-0 record last week, the Alabama baseball moved into the national rankings in all four college baseball polls, and is ranked as high as No. 21 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll. The Crimson Tide, which has won eight of its last night games and 14 straight at home, is ranked No. 25 in both the Baseball America and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, and No. 24 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
No. 13 Arkansas Razorbacks at a Glance
Arkansas opened the season with a six-game winning streak, sweeping series against Delaware State and Utah and outscoring those opponents 42-9. Arkansas also took three of four games from San Diego State and swept a pair of games from Memphis during non-conference play. The Razorbacks have been on the losing end of a pair of series to open SEC play, though. They opened their conference schedule with an 11-inning, 6-5, victory at Auburn, but lost the Saturday and Sunday contests to the Tigers. Last weekend, the Razorbacks won the opening game of the series against No. 1/ No. 2 Vanderbilt, before dropping the final two games to the nation's top team at home. Offensively, the Razorbacks are led by five starters who are hitting over .300 including leading hitter Dominic Ficcociell (.348, 25 RBI). Kyle Robinson (.344, 25 RBI) is tied for sixth in the conference with four home runs and has been a consistent power-hitter for the Razorbacks, who have out-homered their opponents 14-8 this season. Arkansas is 11th in the league with a team batting average of .277, well below the conference average of .297. The Razorbacks pitchers are holding opposing batsmen to a .231 average so far this season and have the sixth-best ERA in the SEC at 3.30. They boast two shutouts as a team, and have posted 195 strikeouts in 215.2 innings. Cade Lynch (2.40 ERA, 34 strikeouts), Brandon Moore (4.40 ERA,), and Ryne Stanek (4.88 ERA) lead the team in starts with five each. DJ Baxendale (1.65 ERA, nine appearances), and Nolan Sanburn (1.98 ERA, nine appearances) share the team lead with two saves.
Series History versus Arkansas
Alabama and Arkansas have met on the diamond 62 times and the Crimson Tide have come away victorious in 38 of those games. The last 10 games have been evenly matched with each team winning five games and recording one home sweep. Last season, the Razorbacks swept Alabama in Fayetteville. The first two games were both decided by one run before Arkansas ran away with the Sunday contest, 10-5.
The Last Outing
Alabama won its 14th straight game at Sewell-Thomas Stadium following a 4-3 walk-off win over the South Alabama Jaguars on Wednesday night. The Crimson Tide got a RBI single off the bat of Brock Bennett in the bottom of the ninth inning that scored Taylor Dugas from second base. It was Alabama's four walk-off win of the season. Bennett was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI, while Dugas was 1-for-1, reached base in all five plate appearances with a career-high four walks, and scored three of the four runs for the Tide. Adam Windsor threw the final 3.0 innings in relief to get his first win of the season and second of his career. Starting pitcher Taylor Wolfe threw 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts.
Tide at the Joe
Following Wednesday's home win over South Alabama, Alabama was won 14 straight games at Sewell-Thomas Stadium and improved to 17-1 at The Joe this season. The Tide has won 40 of its last 48 games at The Joe, and since 1948, Alabama has a 1,125-468 (.706) all-time record at the current location. As a team, Alabama is hitting .306 at home, while the pitching staff is holding the opponents to a .205 batting average with a 2.14 ERA. Jared Reaves is hitting .452 (28-for-62) with 22 runs, 16 RBI, and with 14 free passes (10 walks, 4 HBP) he has an on-base percentage of .532. Brock Bennett has a .426 average (26-for-61), Josh Rosecrans has a .333 average at home, Andrew Miller is hitting .327, and Taylor Dugas is hitting .323 with 11 runs scored, seven doubles, two triples and a .476 OBP.
On Deck for the Tide
After the weekend series against Arkansas, Alabama remains at home for a Tuesday game against Samford. First pitch for the game against the Southern Conference opponent is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. After the non-conference game, the Crimson Tide travels to Nashville, Tenn. to take on the top ranked Vanderbilt Commodores in a three-game SEC series beginning on Friday. First pitch for Friday's game, which will be televised on CSS, is slated for 6 p.m. CT from Hawkins Field. Game two begins at 2 p.m. and game three is slated to start at 1 p.m.