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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama baseball will return home on Tuesday evening for a single midweek matchup with Maine. The Crimson Tide and Black Bears are scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch at Sewell-Thomas Stadium with the game airing live on SEC Network+.

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

FOLLOW THE TIDE
Fans can follow the midweek 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: UATyler Ras (Fr., RHP) vs. UM – Justin Courtney (R-Sr., RHP)

LEADING OFF
• Alabama and Maine will meet for the third time in series history when the two teams square off on Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide and Black Bears last met in 1989, splitting the two-game series.
• The Crimson Tide has faced two of the seven member-schools of the America East Conference in program history, going 5-1 in the combined meetings. Alabama has paired with Maine on two occasions (1-1) and Stony Brook four times (4-0). UA has never met Albany, Binghamton, Hartford, UMass Lowell or UMBC.
• Alabama calls on freshman right-hander Tyler Ras in the midweek start. Ras has appeared in five games this season with four starts to his name and sports an 0-1 record.
• Maine will look to redshirt senior Justin Courtney, a righty. Courtney has yet to make an appearance in 2019.

ABOUT ALABAMA
• Alabama baseball wrapped up the week with a 2-2 mark across four games. The Crimson Tide first blanked Middle Tennessee on Tuesday, 2-0, before winning game No. 2 of a three-game series at eighth-ranked Ole Miss this weekend.
• The Crimson Tide used five pitchers to combine for a 2-0 shutout of Middle Tennessee on Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The shutout was the third of the season and extended UA's winning streak to 12 games which ties for the eighth-longest streak in program history.
• The UA pitchers did not allow walk or throw a wild pitch while the defense played an errorless game for a clean performance in the field against the Blue Raiders. Alabama's arms combined for five strikeouts and threw 89 strikes across 121 total pitches in the shutout victory.
• Freshman Tyler Ras got the start before handing it over to fellow rookie Dylan Smith. The duo tossed 5.0 frames and allowed only four hits over that time. Redshirt junior Davis Vainer followed with 2.0 dominant innings that included three punchouts for the win. Graduate closer Jeremy Randolph entered for the ninth, striking out the final batter for the save.
• Alabama matched MTSU with six hits of its own, but Drew Williamson's two-out, two-RBI single in the sixth proved the difference in the game
• 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 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 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.

ABOUT MAINE
• Maine comes to Tuscaloosa following a 20-34 campaign a season ago. The Black Bears also compiled a 12-12 mark in AEC play, advancing to the league's postseason tournament where UM went 2-2 to end the 2018 season.
• Nick Derba is in his third year as a collegiate head coach, spending all three seasons at Maine. A 2007 graduate of Manhattan College, Derba is assisted by Conor Burke and John Schiffner along with volunteer assistant coach Matt Marsh.
• Maine was selected to finish fourth overall in the America East Conference in the league's preseason poll, as voted on by the conference's head coaches.
 

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Another tough series this weekend coming up with #14/15 Arky coming to town. Arky swept Mizzou last weekend in a close series.
 

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