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The Crimson Tide and Blazers will square off for the 79th time on Tuesday night

3/9/2020

TUSCALOOSA, AL –
Alabama baseball will hit the road for a quick trip up to Birmingham on Tuesday as the Crimson Tide squares off with the UAB Blazers. First pitch of the non-conference pairing is set for 6 p.m. CT at Regions Field, home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons. Fans can tune in to the game with a paid subscription through Conference USA TV.

Follow the Tide

Fans can follow the Tuesday game via the below outlets:

Watch: C-USA TV ($)
Listen: 100.9 FM / CTSN / TuneIn App
Twitter: @AlabamaBSB
Live Stats: UABsports.com

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

TUESDAY: UATyler Ras (So., RHP) vs. UAB – Jonah Smith (R-Fr., RHP)

Leading Off

• Alabama and UAB will meet for the 79th time in series history when the two teams square off on Tuesday night at Regions Field to start this season's home-and-home split. The Crimson Tide holds the all-time series advantage, 53-25, including an 18-10 mark in Birmingham. That total includes the Tide's 4-2 record at Regions Field, home to the Double-A Birmingham Barons.
• The two in-state foes last met on April 16 of last season with Alabama able to complete the 2019 series sweep thanks to a 3-2 win at Regions Field. The Tide began the year with a 4-3 win over the Blazers on March 5 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
• Alabama will look to sophomore right-hander Tyler Ras on Tuesday. Ras will be making his first start of 2020 and has totaled five relief appearances this season. He split last year between the starter and reliever roles, making 15 appearances, 12 of which were starts.
• UAB calls on right-hander Jonah Smith. The redshirt freshman will be making his first start of the year and has totaled 6.1 innings across six relief outings.

About Alabama

• Alabama finished the week at 3-1, suffering its first loss of the season in the middle game of the weekend against Lipscomb. The loss snapped a 14-game winning streak to start the season as the Tide was one of only two teams in the country that was still undefeated entering Saturday's games.
• The 14-game streak was the best start under head coach Brad Bohannon, surpassing 2018's mark of 9-0 to start the year. The 14-0 record is also the second-best start to a season in program history and the fifth-longest winning streak, at any point, in the Alabama record books.
• Alabama won in dominant fashion on Tuesday afternoon, coming away with a 12-2 victory over South Alabama.
• The Tide offense put together another big day, totaling 12 runs on 14 hits and three walks. All nine starters contributed at least one run with eight of the nine starters recording at least one hit. Junior Tyler Gentry led the way, finishing 3-for-5 with two home runs and added a team-high and career-best six RBI to go with three runs. Also homering were redshirt sophomore Sam Praytor and sophomore Drew Williamson. Praytor finished 2-for-5 with the homer, three RBI and one run, while Williamson went 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, one run and a walk.
• Alabama's pitchers combined to hold USA to only two runs with neither being earned. The arms allowed four hits and issued just two walks while striking out nine Jaguar hitters. Senior Casey Cobb picked up the win thanks to 3.0 scoreless frames that included only one hit and four strikeouts.
• The Crimson Tide walked off Lipscomb, 2-1, in the 13th inning of Friday's series opener at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
• Alabama was first on the board on Friday, putting up one run in the third before Lipscomb matched with a run in the top of the seventh. The two teams then went scoreless until the bottom of the 13th when a wild pitch with the bases loaded allowed junior Jackson Tate to score from third and walk it off for UA.
• The Tide used four arms to total 24 strikeouts – a new program record – while allowing just three total hits, the fewest by any Alabama opponent this season. Freshman starter Connor Prielipp was impressive once again, allowing only two hits while striking out 11 across 6.0 frames before his night was through.
• Another dominant outing from the bullpen kept Alabama in the game after Prielipp's departure. Sophomore Chase Lee led the effort, working a career-long 5.1 innings and issuing just two walks while punching out a career-best eight in the process. Brock Guffey followed, with the junior contributing 1.2 frames and using the strikeout for all five of his outs. The bullpen combined to allow just one hit after the fifth inning.
• The offensive effort on Friday was led by Brett Auerbach. The senior finished 4-for-7 with a run scored.
• Alabama suffered its first loss of the season, 3-2, at the hands of Lipscomb on Saturday. The Bisons scored one in the first but were matched by UA in the home half of the third. Lipscomb then added single tallies in the fourth and fifth innings with Alabama returning the favor with one in the sixth. The Crimson Tide got runners aboard in the seventh and eighth innings but was unable to complete the comeback.
William Freeman, coming out of the bullpen, put forth a noteworthy effort that kept UA in the game. The senior gave up just two hits and did not walk a batter while striking out a career-high seven in his 4.0 innings of work.
• An eight-run fourth inning put the game out of reach early, as UA secured the series win over Lipscomb with a 14-2 victory on Sunday. Alabama's offense put up three in the second followed by an eight-run eighth inning to help ensure the win early.
• The offense totaled 10 hits, six of which went for extra bases, and drew nine walks on the way to 14 runs. Leading the charge was Auerbach, who finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs, a walk and a career-high tying four RBI. Peyton Wilson also totaled double-digit hits, going 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Leading UA in runs was senior Kolby Robinson, who finished with three as part of a three-walk day at the dish.
Antoine Jean picked up his third win of the season with a one-run effort. He gave up the single tally on four hits while striking out six across his season-high 5.0 innings of work.

About UAB

• Brian Shoop is in his 14th season at UAB in 2020 and entered the new campaign with a record of 355-385 with the Blazers, part of a career 1,054-685-11 overall mark across his 30 years as a collegiate head coach. Shoop is joined by assistant head coach Perry Roth, assistant coach Adam Revelette and volunteer assistant coach, the legendary Ron Polk.
• UAB returned 16 letterwinners from the 2019 team that finished 27-29 overall and 12-18 in C-USA action. The 2020 roster is without 13 lettermen but welcomed 16 newcomers this season.
• The Blazers were selected to finish eighth overall in Conference USA in the league's preseason poll, as voted on by the conference's head coaches.

On Deck

Alabama's next matchup will come in Southeastern Conference play, as the Crimson Tide plays host to the Missouri Tigers this weekend from March 13-15 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The series opener on Friday is set for 6 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. start in game two. Things wrap up on Sunday with a noon first pitch on getaway day. All three games will air live on SEC Network+.


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