Final Regular-Season Series for Alabama as Tide Hosts No. 5 Arkansas

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The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks will meet for the 95th time in series history on Thursday evening

5/18/2022

TUSCALOOSA, AL –
Alabama baseball closes out the 2022 regular season with a series against fifth-ranked Arkansas from Thursday through Saturday. The opener is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT followed by a 7 p.m. start in game two and a 1 p.m. first pitch in Saturday's regular-season finale. Game two of the series will be broadcast nationally on SEC Network with the first and third contests airing on SEC Network+.

The three-game set with Arkansas will feature numerous promotions. Thursday's series opener will feature a throwback T-shirt giveaway for the first 500 fans. Game two on Friday will be the Tide's 'Senior Night' celebrating the program's seven seniors. Alabama's six student-athletes and one student manager will be honored as part of the pregame ceremonies.

Saturday's giveaway will be a dog bandana. The first 250 fans through the gates will get a bandana for their favorite four-legged friend. The series finale on Saturday will be the final 'Kids' Day at The Joe'. All kids 18-and-under can purchase a $5 general admission ticket. Children will also have the chance to run the bases postgame. Saturday's regular-season finale will also be the Tide's final baseball card giveaway as part of a season-long promotion highlighting the 2022 roster. Kids can get their last pack of baseball cards and stay after the game to get autographs from the group of players featured on this Saturday's set of cards.

Follow the Tide
Fans can follow the series via the below outlets:
Watch: SEC Network+ (Thursday/Saturday) | SEC Network (Friday)
Listen: 100.9 FM / CTSN / The Varsity App
Twitter: @AlabamaBSB
Live Stats: RollTide.com

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
THURSDAY: UAGarrett McMillan (Jr., RHP) vs. ARK – TBA
FRIDAY: UAJacob McNairy (Sr., RHP) vs. ARK – TBA
SATURDAY: UAGrayson Hitt (So., LHP) vs. ARK – TBA

Leading Off
• Alabama and Arkansas will meet for the 95th time in history when the two teams open the series on Thursday evening at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide holds the all-time advantage, 49-45, including a 25-16 mark in home games.
• The two teams last met from March 19-21 in Fayetteville to open the 2021 SEC slate. Alabama came away with a dominant 16-1 win in the series opener before falling 9-1 in game two and 3-1 in the series finale.
• The last pairing in Tuscaloosa came from March 22-24, 2019. Arkansas took game one by a score of 12-3 with the Crimson Tide evening things up the next day thanks to a 10-0 shutout victory. The Razorbacks would clinch the series on getaway day, posting a 10-2 win.
• Alabama will close out the regular season with the usual rotation of Garrett McMillan, Jacob McNairy and Grayson Hitt. McMillan, a right-hander, will take the mound on Thursday followed by McNairy, also a righty, on Friday. The left-hander Hitt will get the nod on Saturday to close out the regular season.
• The Arkansas starters for the three-game series are still to be announced.

About Alabama
• Alabama finished the week at 1-2. The Crimson Tide first defeated Jacksonville State on the road last Tuesday before falling in a pair of games at No. 20 Auburn. The series finale between the Tide and Tigers was canceled due to weather.
• The Crimson Tide offense erupted for a season-high 18 hits on the way to a 13-6 win over Jacksonville State last Tuesday evening at Rudy Abbott Field.
• Alabama scored in five of the nine innings on Tuesday, highlighted by a five-run fifth. UA gained an early advantage with two in the first and added one in the fourth to go with the five-run fifth.
• The Tide then plated two in the sixth before JSU got on the board with three in the seventh. Alabama came right back with three in the eighth before a three-run ninth by the Gamecocks ended things at 13-6.
• All nine starters for the Crimson Tide recorded at least one hit, led by a 3-for-5 effort from Zane Denton. The junior hit his team-leading 12th home run of the season – a grand slam – and added two runs to go with a career-high five RBI.
Andrew Pinckney also homered, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBI, a walk and a team-high tying three runs. Tommy Seidl matched Pinckney with three runs and a home run while going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI against the Gamecocks.
Antoine Jean picked up the win at JSU in his first appearance since April, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings with three hits and a walk in the midweek start.
• Alabama fell to 20th-ranked Auburn, 3-2, in the series opener at Plainsman Park last Friday.
• Another Friday night pitcher's duel saw both teams go scoreless until the fifth. That inning saw Auburn gain the advantage with a pair of two-out runs.
• UA answered, evening things up in the top of the sixth with a two-run home run from Drew Williamson to make it a 2-2 ballgame. The Tigers countered with one in the home half of the sixth for what would prove to be the difference.
Garrett McMillan was handed the loss on Friday night despite another strong start. The junior allowed three runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts across 5.2 innings of work. He turned the ball over to Brock Guffey, with the Tide reliever contributing 2.1 scoreless frames and a season-high five strikeouts.
• Alabama suffered a 6-4 loss last Saturday afternoon in Auburn.
• The Tide jumped out front early with a four-run first inning and held Auburn scoreless until the fourth. The Tigers plated one in that fourth, added two in the fifth and crossed one in the sixth to tie things up. A two-run seventh put Auburn in front, 6-4, for what was the eventual final.
Jacob McNairy provided UA with another solid outing on Saturday. The senior allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits with one strikeout in his 6.0 innings of work in his start.
• Last Sunday's game at Auburn was canceled due to weather.
• The series finale was delayed by 20 minutes before first pitch was thrown at 3:20 p.m. CT. The teams were in the bottom of the fifth tied at 1-1 when a lightning delay began. Auburn had the bases loaded with one down and a 2-2 count on the batter before the game went into a weather delay. The delays continued to pile up until 6:25 p.m. when the game was officially called.

About Arkansas
• Dave Van Horn is in his 20th year leading the Arkansas baseball program and his 28th season overall as a Division I head coach. Van Horn entered the 2022 campaign with a 750-402 mark in Fayetteville. In total, he has accumulated 34 seasons as a collegiate head coach, including stints at the Division II and Junior College levels. Van Horn is assisted on his Razorback staff by Matt Hobbs, Nate Thompson and Bobby Wernes.
• Arkansas finished the 2021 campaign as the SEC regular season and Tournament champions. The Razorbacks' season ended in NCAA Super Regionals with a final record of 50-13 overall and 22-8 in SEC play.
• The Razorbacks were selected to finish at the top of the Western Division and second overall in the SEC in the league's preseason poll, as voted on by the conference's head coaches.

Senior Night
• Friday's matchup with Arkansas will be Alabama's 'Senior Night' to celebrate the Tide's seven seniors. The group will be honored prior to first pitch of game two and is made up of six student-athletes along with one student manager.
• Alabama will recognize six student-athletes including Eric Foggo, Landon Green, Brock Guffey, Jacob McNairy, Hunter Ruth and Drew Williamson in their final home series at The Joe.
• The Tide will also honor student manager Austin Randolph.

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