Baton Rouge Bound – Alabama Baseball Heads to LSU for Final SEC Roadtrip of 2021 Campaign

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama baseball wraps up the 2021 road schedule with a trip to LSU from Friday through Sunday. The Crimson Tide and Tigers are set for a 7 p.m. CT first pitch in the series opener at Alex Box Stadium followed by a pair of 2 p.m. starts on both Saturday and Sunday. Games one and three of the series will air on SEC Network+ with the middle contest being broadcast nationally on SEC Network.

Follow the Tide

Fans can follow this weekend’s series via the below outlets:

Watch: SEC Network+ (Friday and Sunday) | SEC Network (Saturday)

Listen: 100.9 FM / CTSN / TuneIn App

Twitter: @AlabamaBSB

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Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

FRIDAY: UA – Tyler Ras (Jr., RHP) vs. LSU – Landon Marceaux (Jr., RHP)

SATURDAY: UA – Dylan Smith (Jr., RHP) vs. LSU – AJ Labas (R-Jr., RHP)


Leading Off

  • Alabama and LSU will meet for the 376th time in series history when the two teams square off on Friday evening at Alex Box Stadium. The Crimson Tide leads the all-time series, 203-169-3, with the Tigers holding a slight 86-82-3 advantage in Baton Rouge.
  • The two teams last met from April 26-28, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, with LSU clinching the series win in Sunday’s rubber match. Alabama earned a 6-1 win on opening night before falling, 5-2, in game two of the weekend. LSU followed up with a 5-4 win on getaway day to secure the 2-1 advantage in the three-game set.
  • LSU earned a series win the last time the two teams met in Baton Rouge from May 11-13, 2018. The Tigers took game one, 7-5, before the Tide rallied for a 6-1 win the next day. The series finale finished in a 7-3 win for the home team with LSU avenging its’ 2016 home series loss to UA.
  • Alabama will call on a pair of veteran right-handers once again in Tyler Ras and Dylan Smith. Ras will open the series on Friday with Smith getting the start in game two of the weekend. The Crimson Tide’s Sunday starter has yet to be announced.
  • LSU will look to its’ usual 1-2 punch in right-handers Landon Marceaux and AJ Labas to open the series. Marceaux will take the ball in Friday’s opener with Labas following on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers’ Sunday starter is also still to be determined.

About Alabama

  • Alabama closed out last week at 0-2 after falling in a pair of games at second-ranked Vanderbilt over the weekend. The series finale in Nashville was canceled due to rain.
  • The Crimson Tide fell, 9-6, to the Commodores in the series opener last Friday night at Hawkins Field. The teams traded leads in the third and fourth innings with Vanderbilt gaining the advantage for good in the bottom of the fourth and adding one more for insurance in the sixth.
  • Alabama was first on the board on Friday with three runs in the third. Vanderbilt countered for four in the home half, but the Tide came right back with three runs in the top of the fourth. Vandy countered once again, this time with a four-spot to take a two-run lead. VU widened the gap with one more in the sixth to make it a 9-6 game, the eventual final.
  • Vanderbilt was able to keep UA scoreless across the final 5.0 innings, but the Tide did not go quietly in the series opener. Alabama was able to reach a baserunner in four of the final five frames and got runners in scoring position in three of those innings but stranded eight during that stretch.
  • UA’s best chance on Friday came in the seventh with two in scoring position and only one down but a flyout and groundout kept the Tide from mounting a comeback. Kumar Rocker picked up the win for the Commodores despite giving up six runs on six hits and five walks across 5.0 innings of work.
  • Alabama suffered a 6-2 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon.
  • The Commodores got out front early with a pair in the first and one in the second on Saturday. Alabama was able to get on the board with one in the top of the fifth, but Vandy countered with two in the home half to widen the gap. The Crimson Tide added one in the seventh, but Vanderbilt was able to answer with a run of their own to keep the Tide at a distance for the eventual 6-2 final.
  • Alabama starter Dylan Smith suffered the loss in game two of the series, allowing five runs on six hits and four walks with seven strikeouts.
  • The Sunday matchup between Alabama and Vanderbilt was canceled. The Crimson Tide and Commodores made it through 1.0 full inning of play before rain forced a delay. The two teams sat in a just under two-hour rain delay before officially canceling the game.
  • Alabama returned 20 letterwinners while losing 12 from the 2020 squad. The 2021 Crimson Tide welcomed back six positional starters and 10 total pitchers while hosting 14 redshirts or newcomers.

About LSU

  • LSU finished the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign at 12-5 overall. The Tigers were preparing for a trip to Oxford to square off with then-No. 8 Ole Miss to open SEC play when the season was officially canceled.
  • Paul Mainieri is in his 15th season at LSU in 2021 and owns a 633-278-3 record in Baton Rouge as part of a 1,497-770-8 career mark across his 39 total seasons as a collegiate head coach. Mainieri is joined on his staff by associate head coach Alan Dunn along with assistants Nolan Cain and Eddie Smith.
  • LSU was selected to finish fourth in the West and sixth overall in the SEC in the league’s preseason poll, as voted on by the conference’s head coaches.

On Deck

Alabama closes out the regular-season schedule when the Tide hosts third-ranked Mississippi State at Sewell-Thomas Stadium from May 20-22. The series opens with a pair of 6 p.m. starts at The Joe followed by a 1 p.m. first pitch in both teams’ regular-season finale on Saturday. All three games will air live on SEC Network+.