Diamond Notes : In-State Midweeks Pit Alabama against South and North Alabama

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The Crimson Tide will host South Alabama on Tuesday before welcoming North Alabama on Wednesday

3/2/2020

TUSCALOOSA, AL –
Alabama will take part in a pair of midweek matchups at Sewell-Thomas Stadium starting on Tuesday afternoon with South Alabama. The Crimson Tide will return to The Joe the next day for a contest with North Alabama. Both midweeks will air live on SEC Network+ with a 3 p.m. CT start time.

The Tuesday matchup with South Alabama will feature the Crimson Tide's "$2 Tuesday" promotion. The deal is one of Alabama's season-long promotions at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The "$2 Tuesday" promotion allows fans to purchase $2 general admission tickets at the gates or online. Once inside The Joe, those in attendance can take advantage of $2 hot dogs at all concession stands.

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Fans can follow the midweek matchups via the below outlets:

Watch: SEC Network+
Listen: 100.9 FM / CTSN / TuneIn App
Twitter: @AlabamaBSB
Live Stats: RollTide.com

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

TUESDAY: UAGarret Rukes (R-Jr., LHP) vs. USA – Matt Boswell (Jr., RHP)
WEDNESDAY: UA – TBA vs. UNA – TBA

Leading Off

• Alabama and South Alabama will meet for the 106th time in series history when the two teams square off for a midweek matchup on Tuesday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide holds the all-time series advantage, 59-48, including a 38-17 mark in Tuscaloosa.
• The two in-state foes last met for a series from March 1-3, 2019, in Mobile, with Alabama coming away with the series sweep of the Jaguars.
• Alabama and North Alabama will meet for the 23rd time in series history when the two teams meet on Wednesday afternoon. The Crimson Tide holds the all-time series advantage, 21-2, and is 19-1 overall in Tuscaloosa.
• The two in-state foes last met for a two-game series from Feb. 26-27 of last season. The Tide took both games with a shutout on Tuesday followed by a 4-1 win on Wednesday.
• Alabama will call on veteran left-hander Garret Rukes, a redshirt junior, in the start against South Alabama on Tuesday. The Crimson Tide's starter for Wednesday is still to be announced.
• South Alabama will look to junior right-hander Matt Boswell to the hill on Tuesday. Boswell has already made two starts on the season, part of his three total outings, and sports a 0.56 ERA (1 ER/16.0 IP).
• North Alabama's starter for Wednesday is still to be announced.

About Alabama

• Alabama wrapped up the week a perfect 5-0 to push its win streak to 12 games to start the 2020 season. The 12 wins to begin the season rank as the second-best start in program history and ties for the longest winning streak under head coach Brad Bohannon. The winning streak is also tied for the eighth-longest winning streak in Alabama annals.
• UA picked up a 10-5 win over UT-Martin on Tuesday, using a pair of two-run innings in the fourth and sixth innings to pull away. Alabama got up 5-1 after two innings but a three-run third by UTM made things close. The Tide countered with one in the home half of the third and used two in the fourth and a pair in the sixth to secure the midweek win.
• The Crimson Tide was able to hang on thanks to 6.2 solid innings from its bullpen. Leading the way was redshirt junior Garret Rukes, who contributed 3.2 innings of shutout baseball, allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out a career-high six batters for the win.
• Despite falling behind early, the Tide posted 10 runs across the middle innings to cruise to an eventual 12-6 win over Middle Tennessee on Wednesday. MTSU got in front 3-0 in the top of the second, but Alabama steadily chipped away before eventually moving forward in the fifth. The Tide gained its lead by scoring in five consecutive innings, starting in the third. UA put up one apiece in the third and fourth but MTSU countered with one in the fifth. Trailing by two, Alabama exploded for a five-run fifth while adding one in the sixth and four in the seventh to secure the win.
• Alabama was led at the plate by freshman Peyton Wilson. The Tide catcher finished a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base. Trailing closely behind was junior Tyler Gentry and sophomore Drew Williamson, who each posted three-hit efforts and contributed two runs apiece.
Casey Cobb picked up the win on Wednesday night, working career-long 4.1 frames and allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out three.
• A season-high 19 hits and 14 walks led to 15 runs for UA in a 15-3 win over Harvard on Friday. Alabama scored in five of the final seven innings, highlighted by a seven-run third inning put the game out of reach early. All 13 hitters reached base safely at least once on the day with eight total batters posting multi-hit outings.
• Leading the way on offense were seniors Brett Auerbach and Kolby Robinson along with Wilson, with the group recording three hits apiece. Wilson added a team-high three runs scored and two RBI while Auerbach and Robinson each scored two runs. Freshman Owen Diodati led the team in walks, drawing five on the day to match the program record for a single game.
Connor Prielipp picked up his third win in the Friday start, working a season-long 6.0 innings, allowing only two hits and a walk while striking out a season-high nine batters.
• Alabama trailed all afternoon until a wild eight-run eighth inning put the Crimson Tide in front for good on the way to a 10-5 win over Harvard on Saturday.
• Both teams went scoreless until the fifth inning when Harvard got on the board with three runs. Alabama was able to chip away with one apiece in the sixth and seventh innings, making it a one-run game heading to the final two frames. In the eighth, the Tide used a wild pitch to even things up followed by an RBI-single from Diodati to put Alabama in front. In the next at-bat, a grounder from Robinson looked like a double play, but an errant throw led to a wild play that featured three total errors and brought in three runs to give UA the decisive lead.
• The Crimson Tide completed the series sweep of Harvard with a 6-3 win on Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Alabama moved out front early with three runs in the second before Harvard got on the board with two runs in the third. The Crimson evened things up in the sixth with one run but a solo home run from sophomore T.J. Reeves in the bottom of the seventh put the Crimson Tide in front for good. Alabama added two more in the bottom of the eighth for a cushion on the way to the 6-3 win.
Brock Guffey entered the game in the seventh and was dominant, with the junior allowing no hits and striking out seven across 3.0 frames for his second win of the season.

About South Alabama

• Mark Calvi is in his ninth season with the Jaguars in 2020 and owns a 276-207 entering the midweek matchup. Calvi is joined by assistant coaches Brad Phillips, Chris Prothro and Alan Luckie.
• South Alabama returns 20 letterwinners, including seven positional starters, nine total pitchers and three starting pitchers, from the 2019 team that finished 30-26 overall and 16-14 in Sun Belt action. The 2020 roster is without 14 lettermen from a season ago, a number that includes two positional starters, nine pitchers and one starting arm.
• The Jaguars were selected to win the Sun Belt in the league's preseason poll, as voted on by the conference's head coaches.

About North Alabama

• Mike Keehn is in his 12th season with the Lions in 2020 and owned a 324-239-1 entering the new campaign. Keehn is joined by assistant head coach Anthony DeCicco and assistant coach Nick McGregor along with volunteer assistant Eric Pape.
• North Alabama returns 20 letterwinners, including seven starters, from the 2019 team that finished 16-38 overall in the Lions' first season of Division I play. The 2020 roster is without nine lettermen from a season ago, a number that includes two positional starters.
• The Lions were selected to finish ninth overall in the Atlantic Sun in the league's preseason poll, as voted on by the conference's head coaches.

On Deck

Alabama will close out its 10-game homestand this weekend with a three-game set against the Lipscomb Bisons from Friday through Sunday. The series will begin on Friday with the Tide's first home night game, scheduled for a 6 p.m. start. Game two is slated for 2 p.m. with the series finale set for an 11 a.m. first pitch. The first two contests will air live on SEC Network+ with the Sunday matchup getting national attention on SEC Network, the first SEC college broadcast by the ESPN family of networks during the 2020 campaign.


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