Toyota Field to Host Alabama and Middle Tennessee for Neutral Site Contest

Diamond Tide

Baseball Moderator
Jun 23, 2000
Tuscaloosa , AL USA
The Crimson Tide and Blue Raiders will meet for the 30th time in series history on Tuesday


TUSCALOOSA, AL – Alabama baseball will travel to Madison for a neutral site pairing with Middle Tennessee on Tuesday evening. The two teams will meet inside Toyota Field, home of the Double-A Rocket City Trash Pandas, with the game scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch. Fans can watch the livestream of the game on YouTube.

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Probable Starting Pitching Matchup
TUESDAY: UAJacob McNairy (Gr., RHP) vs. MT – TBA

Leading Off
• Alabama and Middle Tennessee will meet for the 30th time in history when the two teams square off at Toyota Field for a neutral site pairing. The Crimson Tide holds the all-time series advantage, 20-9, with Tuesday's matchup being the first between the two programs at a neutral site.
• The Crimson Tide and Blue Raiders last met on Feb. 26, 2020. That contest saw UA come away with a 12-6 win at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
• Alabama will be traveling to the Huntsville area for the 12th time in program history.
• The Tide holds a 7-6 record in games played in Huntsville, all 13 of which were played at Joe W. Davis Stadium.
• Alabama's last trip to The Rocket City came during the 2015 campaign. The Crimson Tide played in Huntsville for its final non-conference regular season matchup on May 12, hosting the Mercer Bears. UA earned a 5-3 win in that game.
• Tuesday's matchup will be the Tide's first inside Toyota Field. Alabama will also travel to Regions Field (Birmingham Barons) and Riverwalk Stadium (Montgomery Biscuits) later this season.

About Alabama
• Alabama travels to Madison after going 2-2 over the last week of action. The Crimson Tide first downed UAB, 12-2, in eight innings last Tuesday before claiming a win in the series finale with No. 22 Kentucky over the weekend.
• The Tide scored in four of the final five innings for the 12-2, eight-inning win over UAB last Tuesday in Tuscaloosa.
• UAB took an early lead with one in the first and kept Alabama off the board until the fourth. That fourth saw the Tide score two runs to take the lead for good. Alabama added five in the sixth and two in the seventh before the Blazers tallied one in the eighth. The Tide then crossed three in the eighth to end the game at 12-2.
• The Tide offense was powered by Drew Williamson, who finished 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored. Tommy Seidl provided three hits as part of a perfect 3-for-3 effort that included a double and three runs. Colby Shelton joined the veterans with a multi-hit night, contributing two hits and a pair of runs while drawing one walk.
Jacob McNairy got the win last Tuesday with 5.0 innings of one-run baseball. The right-hander allowed just four hits and issued no walks while striking out four.
• Alabama fell to Kentucky, 4-3, in a 12-inning affair last Friday evening in Tuscaloosa.
• A windy night kept both teams in the ballpark and limited the scoring opportunities. The Wildcats took an early lead with two in the first and added one in the fourth. UA was able to cross one in the fifth before evening things up with a two-run ninth. Both teams were held scoreless until the top of the 12th when UK plated a run for the eventual 4-3 final.
• Alabama starter Ben Hess did not factor into the decision despite an impressive start. The sophomore allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk with a career-high tying 10 strikeouts across his 6.1 innings of work.
• The Tide came up short in the Saturday matchup with Kentucky, falling 9-5.
• Kentucky posted single tallies in the second and third before a two-run fourth made it a 4-0 ballgame. Alabama answered with a three-spot in the home half of the fourth to make it a one-run affair, but a three-run top of the fifth by UK put the game out of reach.
• The Wildcats added two more in the seventh with the Tide countering for a pair in the bottom of the seventh, but the score would stay there for a 9-5 final.
• An eighth-inning rally helped the Crimson Tide down Kentucky, 4-3, on Sunday.
• A back-and-forth game saw both teams trade runs all day. Kentucky struck for one in the top of the first with the Tide matching them in the home half. The Wildcats then added a single tally in the fourth for a 2-1 lead before Alabama evened things up again in the sixth.
• The lead went right back to UK with a run in the top of the seventh before a wild eighth saw the Tide score the tying and go-ahead runs for the 4-3 final.
• That eighth began with a one-out walk to Jim Jarvis followed by a double from William Hamiter to bring Ed Johnson to the plate. The Tide second baseman sent a chopper to first that was fielded cleanly but a slip on the throw home led to a play at the plate with Jarvis sliding under the tag.
Andrew Pinckney was next up, singling to left to score Hamiter for what would prove to be the game-winning run.
• Pinckney led the offense with a 2-for-3 day that included two RBI and a walk.
• The Crimson Tide received a strong start on the mound from Grayson Hitt, who allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks with five punchouts across his season-high 6.0 innings. Kade Woods followed, working the final 3.0 frames and allowing one run on one hit with four strikeouts for the win.

About Middle Tennessee
• Jerry Meyers is in his first season at Middle Tennessee and his seventh season overall as a collegiate head coach. Meyers entered the new year with a 167-158 career record, all coming at Old Dominion. A 1987 graduate of Iowa State, he is joined on staff by associate head coach Kevin Nichols, assistant coach Jason Stein and volunteer assistant Mike DiLuia.
• Middle Tennessee finished the 2022 season at 29-26 overall, including a 17-13 mark in Conference USA play.
• The Blue Raiders were selected to finish tied for sixth in Conference USA in the league's preseason poll, as voted on by the conference's head coaches.

On Deck
The Crimson Tide will spend the weekend in Fayetteville as Alabama heads to sixth-ranked Arkansas for a three-game series. First pitch of the opener on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m. followed by a pair of 2 p.m. starts in games two and three. The first two matchups are set to air on SEC Network+ with Sunday's finale receiving national attention on SEC Network.



Diamond Tide


Oct 18, 2008
Hunts Patch
My neighbor has Trash Panda season tickets, and has given me and my son his 2 spare tickets forr tonight, so we will get to see the game. Roll Tide!


Oct 18, 2008
Hunts Patch
Enjoyable - and even though I think Alabama would have won anyway, there was a pretty bad ump call that loaded the bases for Alabama runners in the 8th that blew the game wide open.

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