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Crimson Tide Set to Host Ninth-Ranked Arkansas for SEC Home-Opening Series - University of Alabama Athletics
Alabama baseball welcomes the ninth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks to Sewell-Thomas Stadium this weekend for the Crimson Tide's SEC home-opening series. The two teams are slated for a 6 p.m. CT matchup to start the series on Friday followed by a 2 p.m. first pitch on Saturday and a 1 p.m. start in...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama baseball welcomes the ninth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks to Sewell-Thomas Stadium this weekend for the Crimson Tide's SEC home-opening series. The two teams are slated for a 6 p.m. CT matchup to start the series on Friday followed by a 2 p.m. first pitch on Saturday and a 1 p.m. start in Sunday's series finale. All three games will air live on SEC Network+.
Alabama's series against Arkansas will feature numerous promotions across all three days. Friday night at The Joe will be UA's "Bama Salute" night, where all active and former military members along with first responders will be honored at the game. Prior to first pitch, fans can get their patriotic Alabama hat and button at the gates (limited supply).
On Saturday, Sewell-Thomas Stadium will host "Bark at the Park" for the first time inside the newly renovated stadium. Fans can purchase a $15 ticket for the game that includes admission for one fan and a dog, an Alabama bandana for the dog and access to the "Dog Zone" in specific sections located throughout the ballpark. Fans can visit RollTide.com/BarkAtThePark for more details.
Sunday's series finale will resume "Kids' Day" at The Joe with $5 general admission tickets for all kids (18 and under). Following the final out of the ballgame, kids 12 and under can run the bases and get postgame autographs from the team. The Sunday matchup will also be themed around "The Office". The first 500 fans through the gate can get an Alabama baseball shirt and once inside, fans can get pictures with a mock-up of Michael Scott's desk.
FOLLOW THE TIDE
Fans can follow this weekend's games via the below outlets:
Watch: SEC Network+
Listen: 102.9 FM / CTSN / TuneIn App
Live Stats: RollTide.com
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
FRIDAY: UA – Sam Finnerty (Sr., RHP) vs. ARK – Isaiah Campbell (R-Jr., RHP)
SATURDAY: UA – Brock Love (R-Jr., RHP) vs. ARK – Connor Noland (Fr., RHP)
SUNDAY: UA – Wil Freeman (Jr., RHP) vs. ARK – Cody Scroggins (R-Jr., RHP)
• Alabama and Arkansas will meet for the 89th time in series history when the two teams begin the three-game series on Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide holds the all-time series advantage at 47-41 as well as the edge at home, 24-14.
• The two SEC Western Division foes last met from March 27-29, 2018, at Baum Stadium with the Razorbacks claiming a 3-0 sweep of the Tide.
• Alabama resumes its weekend rotation for a third consecutive series with a trio of right-handers getting the nod. On Friday, senior Sam Finnerty will take the hill. He is followed by redshirt junior Brock Love on Saturday and Wil Freeman, a junior, in Sunday's series finale.
• Arkansas will send three right-handers to the mound this weekend in Tuscaloosa. Redshirt junior Isaiah Campbell will get the nod in Friday's series opener before Connor Noland, a freshman, makes the start on Saturday afternoon. The Razorbacks will wrap things up on Sunday with redshirt junior Cody Scroggins toeing the rubber on getaway day.
• Alabama enters this weekend with Arkansas at 2-2 over the last four games. The Crimson Tide won game No. 2 of a three-game series in Oxford against eighth-ranked Ole Miss last weekend before blanking Maine by a score of 16-0 on Tuesday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
• The Crimson Tide fell, 1-0, to eighth-ranked Ole Miss in a game dominated by pitching on Friday night in Oxford. The two teams combined for only 10 hits while striking out a total of 19 times in a game that favored pitching. A solo home run in the bottom of the second provided Ole Miss with the game's only scoring play for the 1-0 win.
• UA starter Sam Finnerty suffered the hard-luck loss despite another quality start, his fourth in five outings during his senior campaign. Finnerty tossed 6.0 innings, allowing only one run on the solo homer in the second. He gave up just four hits and issued one walk while striking out four across his season-high 92 pitches.
• The Tide earned its first SEC win of the season, taking down Ole Miss, 8-6, thanks to an impressive performance from the Crimson Tide bullpen and a timely two-RBI double by Drew Williamson in the eighth.
• Following a Friday night centered around starting pitching, Saturday's matchup saw both starters exit the game before the third inning was complete. Despite a five-run second by Ole Miss, Alabama's five relievers allowed just one unearned run across the final 7.1 frames and did not allow a run in the final five innings on the way to the win.
• Junior Deacon Medders collected his second win of the season with a scoreless seventh inning and was followed by graduate closer Jeremy Randolph. The Tide closer earned his fourth save in as many chances thanks to 2.0 scoreless innings, highlighted by a pair of strikeouts in the ninth.
• Alabama's offense also shined on Saturday after a slow start to the series in game one. The Crimson Tide bats accumulated 13 hits with seven of the nine starters recording at least one knock while all nine reached base safely. The effort at the plate was highlighted by Williamson's two-out, two-run double in the eighth.
• The Tide suffered a 12-2 loss on Sunday against the Rebels. Ole Miss jumped on Alabama early with a seven-run third inning. Five more would come in the fifth for the Rebels to make it a 12-0 game through five full. UA got on the board in the sixth with two runs to set things at 12-2 after six, the eventual final as the two teams would go scoreless over the final three frames.
• Alabama recorded a season high for runs in the Tide's 16-0 shutout win over the Maine Black Bears on Tuesday to extend UA's home winning streak to 10 games.
• The Tide's bats collected 16 hits and 11 walks on the way to a season-high 16 runs. The Tide saw eight of its nine starters record at least one hit, led by three-hit performances from sophomore Tyler Gentry and Williamson. Gentry closed out his night at 3-for-5, just a triple short of the cycle, and added two RBI and a team-high tying three runs scored.
• Joining Gentry with a home run was junior Morgan McCullough and freshman T.J. Reeves. McCullough's homer was a solo shot, his first of the season, while Reeves kept his in the park for the Tide's first inside-the-park home run since 2015.
• Dave Van Horn is in his 17th year leading the Arkansas baseball program and his 25th season overall as a Division I head coach. In total, Van Horn has accumulated 31 seasons as a collegiate head coach, including stints at the Division II and Junior College levels. Van Horn is assisted by Nate Thompson and Matt Hobbs along with volunteer assistant Taylor Smart.
• Arkansas returns 14 letterwinners, including six positional starters and seven pitchers, from the 2018 team that finished 48-21 overall and 18-12 in SEC action to finish tied for first in the West. The Razorbacks continued their winning ways, advancing to the 2018 College World Series where they fell one game short of being crowned national champions. The 2019 roster is without 19 lettermen from a season ago, a number that includes eight positional starters and 10 pitchers. The 2019 edition of the Hogs features 21 newcomers.
• Founded in 1897, Arkansas baseball entered the 2018 season with an all-time program mark of 2,196-1,384-6. The Razorbacks have made 30 postseason appearances in history, including nine stints at the College World Series in Omaha.
• The Razorbacks were selected to finish third in the West and sixth overall in the SEC in the league's preseason poll, as voted on by the conference's head coaches.