Frisco Classic Set to Host 17th-Ranked Alabama for Weekend in Texas

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The Crimson Tide will square off with Arizona, Dallas Baptist and Indiana for the three-day tournament

2/29/2024

TUSCALOOSA, AL –
Alabama baseball heads to Texas for the Frisco Classic from March 1-3 at Riders Field, home to the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. The 15th-ranked Crimson Tide will first meet with No. 21 Indiana on Friday, scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch. Saturday's matchup will feature Arizona at 4 p.m. followed by a 4 p.m. start on Sunday as the Tide squares off with No. 23 Dallas Baptist. All three games will stream live through D1Baseball.com.

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About Alabama
• Alabama enters the weekend in Frisco at 9-0 overall, including a 4-0 stretch over the last week. The Crimson Tide swept Valparaiso last weekend in Tuscaloosa before a trip to Birmingham on Tuesday saw the Tide defeat UAB in extras.
• The Crimson Tide scored three runs in the 10th inning of Tuesday's game to come away with a 9-7 victory over UAB at Regions Field in Birmingham.
• UAB gained a 4-0 advantage after two innings of play, plating one in the first and three in the second. Both teams stayed scoreless until the fifth when a two-run homer from Bryce Eblin cut the lead in half. Two innings later, TJ McCants tied things up with a two-run shot of his own.
• The Tide added two more in the eighth, but one Blazer run in the home half followed by a second tally in the ninth sent the game to extras.
• Alabama plated three runs in the 10th. Singles from Eblin and Justin Lebron set the stage for Gage Miller, who doubled to right to score Eblin and put a pair in scoring position. One out later, Ian Petrutz singled through the left side to add another run and move men to the corners. The inning's final run came in one out later thanks to a wild pitch.
• UAB got a run back in the bottom of the 10th, but a strikeout looking ended things in favor of the Crimson Tide.
• Alabama's offense was spread across the lineup on Tuesday night with seven of the nine starters recording at least one hit. Miller, Mason Swinney, Eblin and Lebron all contributed three-hit nights to lead the bats.
Matthew Heiberger collected his first career win, allowing one run on one hit and a walk with three strikeouts over the final 1.2 frames in Birmingham. The Crimson Tide was able to keep things close thanks to an impressive relief effort from Tyler Fay who contributed 3.2 scoreless frames with two strikeouts.
• A season-high 15 hits helped the Tide to a 14-2 win over Valparaiso last Friday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
• Alabama wasted no time getting on the board, exploding for a six-run second. Valparaiso countered with a two-run third, but that would be all for the Beacons. The Crimson Tide posted eight runs over the final three innings of play for the run-rule victory.
• Miller highlighted Alabama's offense, going 2-for-4 with a double, one homer, two runs scored and a team-high five RBI. Mac Guscetteand Will Hodo led the Tide in hits, each contributing three on the day. Guscette reached base safely in all four plate appearances, finishing 3-for-3 with a double and a hit-by-pitch while tallying one RBI and two runs scored. Hodo went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs of his own.
Ben Hess notched his second win as many starts last Friday, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk with five punchouts across his scheduled 4.0 innings of work.
• Alabama clinched a series over Valparaiso with a 13-3 win on Saturday.
• Valpo delivered an early blow with two in the top of the first. The Crimson Tide answered with a seven-spot in the home half, hammering four home runs in the frame to make it a 7-2 affair after one full. The Beacons plated one in the third but would add no more, as the Tide went on to score six unanswered for the 13-3 run-rule victory in seven innings.
• Miller, Petrutz, Coleman Mizell and Lebron all contributed a homer in that fourth. Aidan Moza got the win last Saturday, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts in his start.
• The Crimson Tide completed the weekend sweep thanks to an 11-1 win last Sunday.
• Valparaiso got out front early for a second straight day, plating one run in the top of the first. Alabama answered with a two-spot in the home half and proceeded to score in six of the seven innings for the run-rule victory.
• McCants and Evan Sleight tied for the team lead in RBI with three apiece. McCants finished 2-for-5 with two home runs and two runs scored to go with his RBI, while Sleight led the Tide in hits thanks to a perfect 3-for-3 showing that included two doubles, a walk and one run along with the RBI. Miller and Hodo each tied for the lead in runs scored with three apiece, with Miller adding his third home run in as many games.
Greg Farone got the win after throwing a scheduled 3.0 innings. He allowed one run on two hits with five strikeouts in his shortened outing before handing it over to the bullpen for the sweep-clinching win last Sunday.

About the Frisco Classic
• Alabama will head to Frisco, Texas, for the Frisco Classic at Riders Field. The weekend in Frisco will be the Crimson Tide's first neutral site weekend since 2016. That 2016 season saw the Tide travel to Cary, N.C., for the USA Baseball Classic from March 4-6. Alabama came away from Cary with a 3-1 record.
• The Crimson Tide will first face Indiana on Friday, March 1. It will be just the second meeting between the two schools with the only other matchup coming on March 14, 1989, at Baseball City Stadium in Haines City, Fla. The neutral site contest finished in favor of the Hoosiers, 10-7.
• Crimson Tide head coach Rob Vaughn owns a 7-7 career mark against the Hoosiers.
• Alabama's opponent on Saturday will be Arizona. It will mark the first time the two programs have met on the baseball diamond. It will also be the first time Vaughn has faced Arizona during his collegiate head coaching career.
• The weekend will wrap up with Dallas Baptist on Sunday. The Tide and Patriots have met just once in history on March 1, 2008, in the Southwest Diamond Classic in Frisco. The neutral site pairing saw UA earn an 8-1 win.
• Vaughn holds a 1-2 record all-time against Dallas Baptist.

On Deck
Alabama will return home to begin a five-game homestand at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide will first host Jacksonville State on Tuesday followed by a matchup with Troy on Wednesday. Both midweeks are scheduled for a 4 p.m. first pitch on SEC Network+.


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