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Weekend in Starkville Pits Baseball against Fifth-Ranked Mississippi State - University of Alabama Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama baseball continues its current roadtrip with a three-game series at fifth-ranked Mississippi State this weekend. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start to kick off the weekend on Friday before a 3 p.m. first pitch in the Saturday and Sunday pairings. Games one and two of the weekend will air on SEC Network+ with the series finale being broadcast nationally on SEC Network.

FOLLOW THE TIDE
Fans can follow this weekend's games via the below outlets:
Watch: SEC Network+ (Friday | Saturday) / SEC Network (Sunday)
Listen: 102.9 FM / CTSN / TuneIn App
Twitter: @AlabamaBSB
Live Stats: HailState.com

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
FRIDAY: UASam Finnerty (Sr., RHP) vs. MSU – Ethan Small (R-Jr., LHP)
SATURDAY: UABrock Love (R-Jr., RHP) vs. MSU – Peyton Plumlee (Sr., RHP)
SUNDAY: UA – TBA vs. MSU – TBA

LEADING OFF
• Alabama and Mississippi State will meet for the 417th time in series history when the two teams square off for the series opener on Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The Crimson Tide holds the all-time advantage, 214-198-4, in a series that dates back to 1896, but the Bulldogs lead the way in Starkville, 111-80-2. The series between the two schools is the third-oldest SEC pairing in Alabama history, trailing only Vanderbilt (1893) and Ole Miss (1895).
• The two Western Division foes last met for three games from May 4-6, 2018, in Tuscaloosa. The Tide won the middle game of the series to register win No. 6 of the SEC slate, surpassing the 2017 win total of five games in conference play. State clinched the series on getaway day with a 6-4 win in the finale. The Bulldogs used five runs across the fifth and sixth innings to claim the series victory with a Sunday win.
• Alabama calls on its regular weekend duo of right-handers Sam Finnerty and Brock Love to start the series. Finnerty, a senior, will toe the rubber on Friday night followed by Love, a redshirt junior, in Saturday's midday matchup. The Crimson Tide's Sunday starter is still to be announced.
• Mississippi State will send redshirt junior left-hander Ethan Small to the mound in the series opener. Peyton Plumlee, a senior righty, will take the hill on Saturday with the Sunday starter for the Bulldogs still to be announced.

ABOUT ALABAMA
• Alabama enters this weekend having won three of the last four, including an SEC series win over South Carolina across Friday and Saturday. The Crimson Tide swept a Friday doubleheader against the Gamecocks to secure the series victory, the Tide's first against SC in Tuscaloosa since 2007. UA battled on Saturday for the series sweep but fell in a 12-inning affair. Most recently, the Tide took down Samford on a record-setting night in Birmingham by the score of 21-2.
• The Crimson Tide earned a series win over South Carolina thanks to a pair of victories in Friday's doubleheader at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide first blanked the Gamecocks, 9-0, to start the day before a 4-1 victory in game two of the twinbill to clinch the series.
Sam Finnerty spun a complete game shutout in game one of Friday's doubleheader. Finnerty tossed a career-long 9.0 innings, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out five. The senior used only 79 pitches on the way to the Crimson Tide's first complete game shutout since May 18, 2018. Finnerty's start was highlighted by a stretch in the middle of the game that saw him retire 16 straight Gamecock hitters. His efforts earned him SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week honors on Monday.
• The bats also came alive in game one with four players recording multi-hit performances, led by junior Tyler Gentry's2-for-4 day that included a grand slam, a team-high four RBI and two runs scored. Fellow juniors Morgan McCulloughand Brett Auerbach also contributed a pair of hits in addition to two RBI apiece, with McCullough adding two runs scored.
• The Crimson Tide came away with a 4-1 win in game two of the doubleheader thanks to another impressive performance on the mound. Redshirt junior Brock Love provided Alabama with a career-long 6.0 innings of work on the way to the win. Love allowed one run on three hits and a pair of walks while punching out eight across his 93 pitches of work.
Jeremy Randolph then took over, tossing the final 3.0 frames for his fifth save in as many chances. The graduate closer issued just two walks and struck out four to help the Tide secure the doubleheader sweep.
• Alabama's offense was powered in game two by the heart of the order with the 3-4-5 hitters combining to go 8-15 with two RBI and three runs scored. McCullough, who hit in the three spot, finished with a team-high tying three hits and led the Tide with two runs scored. Matching him on hits was Drew Williamson. The freshman tallied three hits, including a double, and added a team-leading two RBI to go with a run scored. Gentry, the four-hole hitter, recorded two hits to go with a run scored.
• An extra-innings affair between Alabama and South Carolina favored the Gamecocks, 5-4, as SC earned the Saturday victory in 12. The Crimson Tide was tasked with overcoming an early 4-0 deficit but was able to do so, scoring two in the third and two in the fifth to make it a 4-4 game after five innings.
• The Tide bullpen provided a commendable effort in the series finale, keeping SC off the board from the third inning until the 12th. Alabama's relievers did not allow a hit from the fifth inning on, but a walk and two wild pitches in the final inning of play led South Carolina to the win.
• A season-high 19 hits, including nine home runs, powered UA to a 21-2 win over Samford on Tuesday. The Tide totaled 13 extra-base hits, made up of the nine homers to go with three doubles and a triple, on the way to a season-best 21 runs.
• Everyone got in on the offensive show in Birmingham with 11 total players recording at least one hit against the Bulldogs. Seven of those players contributed to the Crimson Tide's nine home runs, the most in a single game since UA's 13 against UAB on April 14, 1999.
• Freshman T.J. Reeves and Gentry each homered twice. Joining them with roundtrippers were juniors Auerbach, McCullough and Johnny Hawk along with freshmen Tyler Ras and Williamson who each registered one apiece.
• Williamson led the Tide in hits with a perfect 3-for-3 night that saw him fall a double short of the cycle. He added a team-high tying three runs scored to go with his two RBI and walk. Matching Williamson with three runs was Gentry. The duo of Reeves and Auerbach tied for the team-lead in RBI with four to cap off the huge scoring night.
• The Tide scored one in the first before opening the flood gates in the third inning. A record-setting third saw UA score 13 runs on 11 hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. The 11 hits set a new record an inning, highlighted by the Tide's program-record five home runs in the frame to go with three doubles and a triple.

ABOUT MISSISSIPPI STATE
• Chris Lemonis is in his first season with the Bulldogs in 2019 and came to Starkville with a career record of 141-91-2 across his four years as the head coach at Indiana. Lemonis is joined by assistant coaches Scott Foxhall and Jake Gautreau along with volunteer assistant coach Kyle Cheesebrough.
• Mississippi State returns 18 letterwinners, including eight positional starters and five pitchers, from the 2018 team that finished 39-29 overall and 15-15 in SEC action to finish third West. The Bulldogs went on a storybook run last season, advancing all the way to the College World Series before falling to Oregon State. The 2019 roster is without 11 lettermen from a season ago, a number that includes two positional starters and seven pitchers. The 2019 State squad features 17 newcomers, a group that is made up of 11 freshmen and six transfers.
• The Bulldogs were selected to finish sixth in the West and 10th overall in the SEC in the league's preseason poll, as voted on by the conference's head coaches.
 

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Would love to see Crimson BB screw up their "superbulldawgweekend"
 

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If you want to follow along on Twitter, I would suggest following Rick Pendley. He is the Vice President of the Grandslammers and he is at every game and provides pretty much a play by play account on Twitter.
 

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Baseball Suffers 6-0 Loss at Fifth-Ranked Mississippi State - University of Alabama Athletics

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Alabama baseball came up short in a 6-0 loss to fifth-ranked Mississippi State on Friday evening at Dudy Noble Field. Following the series opener, the Crimson Tide is now 23-12 overall and 4-9 in Southeastern Conference play.

"Sometimes you just have to tip your cap – we ran into a buzzsaw tonight," said Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon. "I don't remember ever seeing a pitcher get so many swings and misses on his fastball as Ethan Small did against us."

Mississippi State built its lead early with four runs in the second. State added two more in the seventh to put things out of reach. Alabama loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the third but was unable to get on the board. The Crimson Tide had other opportunities throughout the night but could not battle back against Ethan Small (4-0). The Bulldog starter tossed 6.0 scoreless frames, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out 15 in the win.

Sam Finnerty (5-4) suffered the loss despite another solid outing. The senior allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out four across his 6.0 innings and 86 pitches of work. He gave up a home run in the fourth, but steadied himself after that, retiring the next 12 in order until a pair of singles broke the streak in the sixth.

State posted four runs in the second for the early lead. A single started the frame before another single, this one with one out, brought in the game's first run. Two outs later, the Bulldogs knocked a three-run home run over just over the wall in right to make it 4-0. Mississippi State added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-0 advantage, the eventual final.

Alabama and Mississippi State return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon for a 1 p.m. CT first pitch at Dudy Noble Field. The Crimson Tide will call on redshirt junior Brock Love, a right-hander, in the start while the Bulldogs will counter with a righty of their own, senior Peyton Plumlee. Fans can catch game two live on SEC Network+.
 

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Late Runs Down Baseball in 9-1 Loss at No. 5 Mississippi State - University of Alabama Athletics

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Alabama baseball suffered a 9-1 loss to fifth-ranked Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. With the win, the Bulldogs claim the series victory while the Crimson Tide moves to 23-13 overall, 4-10 in Southeastern Conference play.

"Mississippi State was better than us in every facet of the game today," said Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon. "We have to hit, pitch, defend and run the bases better if we want to leave Starkville with a win."

Two runs in the fourth with one in the fifth gave Mississippi State a 3-0 lead. The Crimson Tide was able to rally back for one in the seventh to cut the deficit to two, but a five-spot in the home half of the seventh and one more in the eighth gave the Bulldogs the series-clinching win on Saturday.

For the second day in a row, the Tide received a solid outing from its starter, and, once again, Alabama's starter suffered the loss. Brock Love (4-1) was on the losing end of Saturday's matchup, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks in 4.0-plus frames. The redshirt junior struck out four across his 79 pitches of work. Mississippi State starter Peyton Plumlee (2-2) earned the win with 5.0 innings of scoreless baseball.

Mississippi State was first to score on Saturday, putting up a pair in the bottom of the fourth and adding one more in the fifth to make it a 3-0 affair. Alabama was able to cut the lead to two in the seventh with its first run of the afternoon. T.J. Reeves led things off with a walk and moved into scoring position with a stolen base. A groundout to the left side moved the freshman to third before fellow freshman Tyler Ras came in for a pinch-hit RBI-single to make it a 3-1 game headed to the stretch.

The Bulldogs then scored five in the seventh to put things out of reach at 8-1. Another MSU run came in the eighth on a solo shot to set things at 9-1, the eventual final.

Alabama and Mississippi State wrap up the series on Sunday at Dudy Noble Field with a 3 p.m. CT first pitch on SEC Network. The Crimson Tide will look to junior right-hander Casey Cobb in the start while the Bulldogs send freshman JT Ginn, also a righty, to the hill for the finale.
 

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Baseball Falls in Sunday Matchup at No. 5 Mississippi State, 13-3 - University of Alabama Athletics

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Alabama baseball fell to fifth-ranked Mississippi State, 13-3, on Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. Following the series finale, the Crimson Tide is 23-14 overall, 4-11 in Southeastern Conference play.

Alabama was able to collect 11 hits compared to State's 17 but could not match the Bulldogs in runs. Seven of the nine starters recorded at least one knock with freshman T.J. Reeves, sophomore Tyler Gentry and junior Johnny Hawk each contributing two hits apiece. Hawk added a solo home run, his third of the season, to go with an RBI and a run scored.

On the mound, Mississippi State reliever Cole Gordon (4-0) earned the win with 2.2 innings of relief work. Alabama starter Casey Cobb (0-1) suffered the loss .

Mississippi State put up three runs apiece in each of the first two innings. The Bulldogs then added one in the bottom of the fourth with Alabama countering in the next inning. The Crimson Tide got on the board in the top of the fifth thanks to the solo home run from Hawk, making it a 7-1 game. State came right back with two runs in the home half of the fifth for a 9-1 advantage.

The Crimson Tide was able to cut into the lead with two runs in the top of the seventh, using a two-out rally to plate the pair. Junior John Trousdale drew a walk to start things before an RBI-double from senior Keith Holcombe brought Trousdale in. A walk in the next at-bat put two on before a single from junior Morgan McCullough scored Holcombe to set things at 9-3. Mississippi State countered with four runs following the stretch to widen the gap to 13-3, the eventual final.

Next up for Alabama is a trip to Birmingham to face off with UAB on Tuesday, April 16. The two in-state foes will meet for a 6:30 p.m. CT first pitch at Regions Field, home to the Double-A Birmingham Barons.
 

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We are a better team than in the past 2 years but with the SEC being so stacked, W's and L's don't tell us how good we actually are.
 

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Yeah, IMO baseball is the most competitive sport in the entire SEC. That’s why even after our 19-3 start to season I still predicted we would likely not finish above .400 in SEC play. We are definitely improved and everything I hear is that Coach B is a really good baseball man, but still maybe a year or two away on a talent level.
 

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