Friday, May 10, 2013

SEC Weekend: Alabama Crimson Tide @ Tuscaloosa

♦  Be sure to check out Sam Nasci's Mizzou Matchup preview of the Alabama Crimson Tide here at

♦ Also check out our off-season South By Southeast posts about Alabama Baseball:



Final Home-Stand For Bama Baseball (BamaMag)
Pre-season projections were not high for Alabama baseball, and at 27-21 overall and 11-12 in Southeastern Conference play the results could hardly be called disappointing to date based on the predictions. But it has been frustrating to be so close to being so much better.

Last weekend was a good example. Alabama went to nationally-ranked Mississippi State and took the Bulldogs into extra innings in two of the three games, games in which Bama had the lead late in the game. And State won both of those extra inning games in sweeping the Crimson Tide.

Alabama has a record of 1-6 in extra inning games this year. Not good; but consider that all of those games have been against ranked teams.
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record in midweek games.

Following the midweek games against Mississippi Valley State and Troy, Alabama returns to SEC action to host Missouri on the weekend, games Friday at 6:30 and at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday game will be televised by FoxSports South and will also be Senior Day for Bama’s seven seniors...
Turnbull Moves Up In Tide Rotation (BAMA Mag)
One of the best things going for Alabama baseball this year has been the pitching of right-handed sophomore Spencer Turnbull, ordinarily the Crimson Tide’s Sunday pitcher in three-game Southeastern Conference series. As had been anticipated, Turnbull will move to the front of the line this week when Bama goes to Mississippi State.

Spencer Turnbull, who is 4-1 for Alabama this year with a 2.26 earned run averagbe, will get the Friday start against Mississippi State. . . .
Moore getting the job done for Alabama baseball (Tuscaloosa News)
It’s been an up-and-down baseball season for Ben Moore. Not because the sophomore right fielder has had a bad one. Not at all. But after a Freshman All-America campaign in 2012, Moore put a lot of pressure on himself to take the next step. Last season he hit for average. In 2013 he wanted to add power to his game.

He spent hours each week with UA hitting coach Andy Phillips working to groove his swing. Last week he did.

Moore hit .500 in three games, recording three doubles, a home run, two RBIs and four runs scored. A strong wind blowing in held up another homer in Saturday’s 3-2 win against Texas A&M.

“It’s been an ongoing battle all year to get him back in a good place just from a swing standpoint,” Alabama coach Mitch Gapard said. “Ben’s so mentally tough we don’t worry about him there. He had a really big Wednesday night at Southern Miss, and then he hit the first-inning home run against Texas A&M.
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“The team has done all the right things,” Gaspard said. “We’ve continued to work, continued to believe. Our guys have never gotten down. We’ve continued to look at the prize at the end. We’ve done a good job, success or failure, of putting it behind us and getting to the next day.”...

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