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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama baseball closes out its 2019 home and midweek slate with a matchup against in-state foe Samford on Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch with the game airing on SEC Network+.

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

FOLLOW THE TIDE
Fans can follow Tuesday's game via the below outlets:
Watch: SEC Network+
Listen: 102.9 FM / CTSN / TuneIn App
Twitter: @AlabamaBSB
Live Stats: RollTide.com

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP
TUESDAY: UAGarret Rukes (R-So., LHP) vs. SAM – Jalon Long (Fr., RHP)

LEADING OFF
• Alabama and Samford will meet for the 108th time in series history when the two teams square off in midweek action on Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide holds the all-time series lead, 92-15, as well as a dominant 73-9 advantage in Tuscaloosa.
• The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs met earlier this season in Birmingham, with Alabama claiming a 21-2 win on April 9. In that midweek, the Crimson Tide recorded a season-high 19 hits, including 13 extra-base knocks made up of nine home runs, three doubles and a triple. Eleven total players recorded at least one hit, seven of which contributed to the home run totals. The Crimson Tide scored one in the first before scoring 13 runs on an Alabama-record 11 hits in the third inning, highlighted by a program-record five home runs in the frame to go with three doubles and a triple.
• Alabama calls on left-hander Garret Rukes in the Tuesday start. The redshirt sophomore is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA (5 ER/26.2 IP) across 16 appearances, including three starts. Rukes made the start in Birmingham against Samford in the last pairing, picking up the win with 3.0 innings of scoreless baseball.
• Samford will send freshman righty Jalon Long to the hill in the midweek matchup. Long is 3-1 on the year with a 4.97 ERA (16 ER/29.0 IP). Long faced the Crimson Tide earlier this year, entering in relief.

ABOUT ALABAMA
• Alabama wrapped up the week with a 2-2 split across four games. The Crimson Tide first defeated Troy on the road Wednesday before returning to Tuscaloosa for a series with 18th-ranked Texas A&M, winning the middle game of the weekend with the Aggies. All three games on the weekend kept with the trend of close games in Alabama-A&M series, with each contest being decided by one run.
• The Crimson Tide put forth a complete team effort in Wednesday's 7-3 win over Troy at Riddle-Pace Field. Alabama and Troy traded runs through the first four innings before a three-run home run in the seventh from sophomore Tyler Gentry put UA in front for good. The Crimson Tide added two more tallies in the seventh for insurance in the 7-3 midweek win.
• Freshman Tyler Ras started for UA, part of the Tide's seven total pitchers who saw work on the mound by night's end. The six bullpen arms combined for 7.0 frames of one-run baseball with junior Casey Cobb earning his first win of the season. The right-hander contributed 2.0 innings as the first man out of the bullpen. Crimson Tide closer Jeremy Randolph picked up the save with the graduate striking out three in the ninth to strand the bases loaded.
• Ras led all hitters with a 4-for-5 night that included two doubles, an RBI and one run scored. Leading the Alabama bats in RBI was Gentry with four, part of his 2-for-5 effort that also included the home run, a double and one run scored.
• Alabama fell in the series opener with Texas A&M by a score of 3-2 on Friday evening at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The scoring was kept at a minimum on Friday evening. The Crimson Tide struck for one in the bottom of the first followed by A&M answering back with a two-spot in the second. Alabama knotted it up after the third but one unearned run in the Aggie fourth proved the difference, as the two teams went quiet the final five innings. The Tide had opportunities to tie things up, reaching a runner in four of the final five innings, but could not pull even.
• The Tide offense on Friday was led by the heart of the order with the 3-4-5 hitters combining for five hits. Three-hole hitter Morgan McCullough finished 3-for-4 to give the junior the team lead in hits. Gentry finished with one hit and a walk to extend his hitting streak from the cleanup spot. Rounding out the group was No. 5 hitter, freshman Drew Williamson, who contributed UA's lone RBI as part of his 1-for-4 evening.
• A career-day by Brock Love, teamed with a pair of solo home runs helped UA to a 2-1 win over A&M on Saturday. The Crimson Tide received a strong pitching performance from the trio of Love, Cobb and Randolph in game two.
• Love was impressive in the start, setting new career-high marks for innings pitched (7.0), batters faced (26) and total pitches (106) on his way to the win. The redshirt junior allowed one run on six hits and a walk while striking out three before handing it over to the bullpen. Cobb followed, with the junior contributing 1.2 scoreless innings of relief. Randolph was then able to secure the win with a two-pitch save, his ninth of the season.
• Alabama gained its two-run advantage thanks to solo home runs from a pair of freshmen. The first solo shot of the day came from T.J. Reeves in the bottom of the first. Reeves sent an 0-1 pitch over the scoreboard in left for his ninth homer of the season. The Tide's second roundtripper came from Ras in the fourth, as the designated hitter turned on one, sending a deep fly over the wall in left for the 2-0 lead.
• After falling behind early, Alabama fought its way back into the game but came up just short of completing the comeback in Sunday's 6-5 loss to Texas A&M. The Aggies built their lead in the first with five runs on three hits and an error to put the Tide in an early hole.
• The Crimson Tide then began chipping away at the lead, posting single tallies in the first, fourth, fifth and seventh to make it a 5-4 game. A&M added one more in the top of the eighth to set the score at 6-4, but UA would not give in. Alabama was able to plate one in the ninth and had the go-ahead run aboard but would get no closer.
• UA's offense was led by the 2-through-5 hitters. Gentry and Williamson each finished with three hits while Gentry also added a team-high three RBI to go with one run scored. Reeves and McCullough trailed closely behind, recording two hits and a pair of runs to round out the foursome.

ABOUT SAMFORD
• Casey Dunn is in his 15th year leading the Bulldogs in 2019 and entered the new season with a career record of 444-377 - all at Samford. Dunn has led the Bulldogs to a school-record 12 30-plus win seasons, including the program's lone 40-win season in 2012. He has led Samford to their only two SoCon titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2018. Dunn is joined on staff by associate head coach Tony David, assistant coach Tyler Shrout and volunteer assistant Brad Moss.
• Samford returned 22 letterwinners, including seven positional starters and four starting pitchers, from the 2018 team that finished 37-26 overall and 16-8 in SoCon action before claiming the conference title to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tallahassee Regional. The 2019 roster is without one letterman from a season ago and welcomes 10 newcomers.
• The Bulldogs were selected to win the Southern Conference in the league's preseason poll, as voted on by the conference's head coaches and the media.
 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A two-run home run from Joe Breauxpowered Alabama baseball to a 4-2 win over Samford on Tuesday evening at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The win helps the Crimson Tide complete the season sweep of Samford and improves UA to 30-23 overall, including a final mark of 23-3 in non-conference action during the regular season.

"This was an awesome win for us tonight, and I'm really proud of our team for their collective effort," said Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon. "The pitching was outstanding. I thought Garret (Rukes) got us off to a good start. Obviously, the bullpen was just awesome with six shutout innings. We had some good defensive plays, highlighted by Joe (Breaux) making that diving catch out there. The quality of our at-bats after the first inning weren't great, but the guys kept grinding and busted it open late."

Samford was first on the board on Tuesday, using a pair of solo home runs in the third to take a 2-0 lead. The two teams then went scoreless until the seventh when Alabama got its first run. A sharp liner to second gave Kolby Robinson a leadoff single and a wild pitch moved the junior shortstop into scoring position. Then, with two down, a wild pitch got lost behind home plate, allowing Robinson to come all the way around from second to cut the lead in half at 2-1.

Alabama then took the lead in the eighth. On a popup from Tyler Gentry that went into no-man's land behind the mound, the sophomore hustled out of the box to make it to second with the ball going uncaught. A single in the next at-bat from freshman Drew Williamson put runners on the corners for T.J. Reeves. The freshman delivered on the opportunity, sending a sacrifice fly to center to even things up at two apiece.

"I was really pleased with the hustle plays – Kolby (Robinson) scoring from second on a wild pitch, and then Tyler (Gentry) on the popup in the infield, he just hustled right out of the box," Bohannon added. "It's very rare in our game that you get rewarded for doing things the right way, and it was really nice to see those two guys on our team get rewarded for playing so hard."

One batter later, Breaux sent a ball over the visitor's bullpen in right-center for the go-ahead, two-run home run to give the Crimson Tide the lead. The senior's home run came in his last at-bat at The Joe. The bullpen continued its dominance in the ninth, with graduate Jeremy Randolph shutting the Bulldogs down in order 1-2-3 to push the Crimson Tide to 30 wins on the season for the first time since 2016.

Randolph (3-2) got the win thanks to 1.1 scoreless frames highlighted by three strikeouts. The graduate followed a threesome of relievers in junior Casey Cobb, freshman Jacob McNairy and redshirt junior Kyle Cameron, who all combined to limit Samford to only two hits through 6.0 frames. Breaux tied for the team lead in hits with a 2-for-4 evening that included a team-high two RBI to go with a run scored. Also contributing two hits was junior Brett Auerbachwho finished 2-for-4.

Next up for Alabama is a trip to Athens to square off with sixth-ranked Georgia from Thursday through Saturday. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch in games one and two followed by a 1 p.m. CT start in the series finale on Saturday. Fans can catch all three games live on SEC Network+.
 

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I would love for this bunch to get a win in Athens this weekend and then get in to Hoover next week. It would make for a major accomplishment for this group all things considered.
 
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Harry Doyle...…..
In case you haven't noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven't, the Indians have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.
 

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Harry Doyle...…..
In case you haven't noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven't, the Indians have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.
Ha Ha, one of my favorite quotes of the entire movie.
 

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I would love for this bunch to get a win in Athens this weekend and then get in to Hoover next week. It would make for a major accomplishment for this group all things considered.
If my math is correct Bama needs Vandy to sweep Kentucky this weekend.
 

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If my math is correct Bama needs Vandy to sweep Kentucky this weekend.
3 way tie right now with UK and USCe with UK vs Vandy, USCe vs Miss State, and UA vs UGA. 1 win by us this weekend and 2 sweeps by Vandy and Miss State leave no doubt. I just don't want it going to tie breakers should we get swept.
 

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