Second Weekend Series for 22nd-Ranked Alabama Baseball Brings Wright State to Town

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama baseball welcomes the Wright State Raiders to Sewell-Thomas Stadium this weekend for a three-game set. The series begins on Friday at 3 p.m. CT followed by a 2 p.m. start for game two on SaturdaySunday’s final matchup is set for a 1 p.m. first pitch with all three games airing live on SEC Network+. The duo of Roger Hoover and Lance Cormier will call all the action on the broadcast.

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

Watch: SEC Network+

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Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

FRIDAYUA – Tyler Ras (Jr., RHP) vs. WSU – Sam Wirsing (So., RHP)

SATURDAYUA – Antoine Jean (So., LHP) vs. WSU – Austin Cline (R-Sr., RHP)

SUNDAYUA – Dylan Smith (Jr., RHP) vs. WSU – Jake Schrand (Jr., RHP)

Leading Off

  • Alabama and Wright State will meet for the first time in series history when the two teams square off on Friday afternoon to begin this weekend’s series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
  • The Crimson Tide has faced three of the current seven member schools in the Horizon League, going 11-0 in those meetings. Alabama paired with Northern Kentucky (2019) and Youngstown State (2008) for three-game series while meeting with UIC twice, first for a pair of games in 2009 followed by a three-game set in 2010. UA has never squared off with Milwaukee, Oakland, Purdue-Fort Wayne or Wright State.
  • Alabama will send junior right-hander Tyler Ras to the mound on Friday for the series opener. Ras will be followed by Antoine Jean, a lefty, on Saturday with right-hander Dylan Smith taking the hill for the start on getaway day.
  • Wright State will open the series with right-hander Sam Wirsing on the hill, who will be making his first appearance of 2021. The Raiders are scheduled to follow with right-hander Austin Cline on Saturday and junior righty Jake Scrhand to close things out on Sunday.

About Alabama

  • Alabama enters this weekend with Wright State at 4-1. The Crimson Tide began the 2021 season with a three-game sweep of McNeese before traveling to Jacksonville State on Tuesday, coming away with a 5-2 win on the road. The Tide suffered its first loss on Wednesday, falling to UT-Martin, 9-5. The loss ended UA’s winning streak in the month of February at 18 games.
  • The Crimson Tide suffered its first loss of 2021 on Wednesday as UT-Martin used seven runs across the final three innings to put the game out of reach.
  • Alabama got out front 3-0 in the fourth, but UT-Martin chipped away with one run apiece in the fifth and sixth before adding two in the seventh to take a lead. UA came right back with one in the home half of the seventh to make it a 4-4 game, but a three-run eighth and a pair of runs in the ninth proved too much.
  • Connor Shamblin made his first start of the season on Wednesday, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings and allowing just two hits while striking out three. The Wednesday outing was Shamblin’s first appearance of 2021 after the junior was a bit delayed in his return to the field due to minor injuries suffered in the spring.
  • Alabama leaned on the long-ball early and used a seventh-inning two-RBI single from William Hamiter to down Jacksonville State on Tuesday. Peyton Wilson got UA on the board first, leading the game off with a solo home run. Sam Praytor also homered, his of the two-run variety.
  • UA’s arms were solid on Tuesday with starter William Freeman contributing 4.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out five. He was followed by Landon Green who worked 2.2 frames and struck out three for the win. Chase Lee came in to close it out, tossing the final 2.1 with four punchouts to pick up the save.
  • The offense powered the then-25th-ranked Tide to the three wins over McNeese last weekend, combining for seven home runs during the series – Alabama’s most on Opening Weekend since 2007.
  • Alabama returned to the field for the first time in 11 months for the season-opener, downing McNeese, 10-6. The win improved UA to 4-0 in season openers under Bohannon.
  • SophomoreConnor Prielipp was impressive in his start, tossing 5.0 scoreless frames and allowing only four hits while striking out eight. The outing extended Prielipp’s streak to 26.0 consecutive scoreless innings to begin his collegiate career.
  • At the plate, UA was led by Drew Williamson. The junior finished with a team-high three hits, including a double, while adding three RBI and a run scored. Also posting multi-hit efforts were Praytor and Wilson, with both notching their first home runs of the season. Praytor went 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored while Wilson, who recorded his first career homer, finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs of his own from the leadoff spot.
  • Zane Denton sent a 1-2 pitch over the wall in right to walk it off for Alabama to complete the 4-3 comeback against McNeese on Saturday. Denton’s homer capped off a late-inning push by the offense as the Crimson Tide scored all four of its runs across the final three innings.
  • Denton got Alabama on the board in the seventh with an RBI-single and was followed by a two-run home run from Owen Diodati in the eighth to even things up at three apiece. Denton finished 3-for-4 with the home run, two RBI and a run scored while Diodati’s game-tying homer added two RBI and a run.
  • The Crimson Tide was able to stay in the game thanks to a strong effort from Green and Lee. The duo totaled 3.0 scoreless frames with four strikeouts with Lee picking up his first win of the season.
  • Alabama used the long ball once again as three home runs powered the Tide to a 9-5 win over McNeese on Sunday afternoon to complete the sweep of the Cowboys.
  • The duo of Diodati and Denton homered for a second consecutive day with Williamson contributing a home run of his own. Diodati finished with a team-high four RBI thanks to his grand slam while adding two runs to match Denton for the team-best mark in that category. Denton’s homer came as part of a 3-for-4 effort that included two RBI to go with his pair of runs. Williamson recorded his first home run of the season, a solo shot.
  • 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 Wright State

  • Wright State travels to Tuscaloosa following a 6-9 campaign in 2020 that was highlighted by a 10-3 win over top-ranked Louisville and two victories over a top-25 Tennessee club.
  • The Raiders are led by Alex Sogard who is in his third year as a collegiate coach, spending all three seasons at Wright State. A 2010 graduate of North Carolina State, Sogard is joined by associate head coach Nate Metzger along with assistant coaches in Chase Slone and Zach Weatherford.
  • Wright State was selected to win the Horizon League in the conference’s preseason poll, as voted on by the member head coaches.

On Deck

Next up for the Crimson Tide is a set of midweek matchups, first on Tuesday, March 2 as UA travels to Regions Field to take on UAB at 6 p.m. Following the trip to Birmingham, Alabama returns home for a Wednesday pairing with Troy. First pitch between the Crimson Tide and Trojans is set for 3 p.m. at The Joe. Fans can catch Wednesday’s action live on SEC Network+.