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Crimson Tide vs. Crimson at The Joe as Baseball Hosts Harvard this Weekend - University of Alabama Athletics
Alabama baseball continues its 10-game homestand this weekend as the Harvard Crimson come to Sewell-Thomas Stadium for a three-game set. The series kicks off on
The Crimson Tide and Crimson will square off for the first time in series history on Friday night
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama baseball continues its 10-game homestand this weekend as the Harvard Crimson come to Sewell-Thomas Stadium for a three-game set. The series kicks off on Friday night with a 3 p.m. CT start followed by a 2 p.m. first pitch in game two of the weekend. Things wrap up on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on getaway day. All three games will air live on SEC Network+.
This weekend with Harvard will feature numerous promotions, starting on Saturday. The Saturday matchup will feature a "Leap Day Ticket Special". Fans can purchase four tickets for $29 online through RollTide.com/tickets. The special offer is online only.
Sunday's giveaway will be the second set of Alabama baseball trading cards for all fans. The promotion will be a reoccurring giveaway each weekend at Sewell-Thomas, giving fans an opportunity to collect a team set by year's end. The series finale will also continue the Tide's "Kids' Day at The Joe" promotion. All kids 12-and-under can purchase a $5 general admission ticket. Children will also have the chance to run the bases and get autographs postgame.
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Fans can follow the weekend series via the below outlets:
Watch: SEC Network+
Listen: 100.9 FM / CTSN / TuneIn App
Live Stats: RollTide.com
Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
FRIDAY: UA – Connor Prielipp (Fr., LHP) vs. HU – Kieran Shaw (Sr., RHP)
SATURDAY: UA – Connor Shamblin (So., RHP) vs. HU – Owen Holt (So., RHP)
SUNDAY: UA – Antoine Jean (Fr., LHP) vs. HU – Enzo Stefanoni (Jr., RHP)
• Alabama and Harvard will meet for the first time in series history when the two teams square off on Friday night for this weekend's series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
• The Crimson Tide has faced four of the eight member schools in the Ivy League in program history, going 9-3 in the 12 combined meetings. Alabama has paired with Yale on six occasions (3-3), Brown three times (3-0), Dartmouth for two games (2-0) and Princeton once (1-0). UA has never squared off with Columbia, Cornell, Harvard or Penn.
• Alabama will continue with its regular weekend rotation in the three-game set against Harvard. The series opens on Friday with freshman left-hander Connor Prielipp toeing the rubber for the Crimson Tide. Sophomore Connor Shamblin, a righty, will follow on Saturday before the series finale, where Alabama will call on freshman lefty Antoine Jean.
• Harvard's rotation features three right-handers to counter the Tide. Senior Kieran Shaw gets the nod on Friday followed by sophomore Owen Holt in game No. 2 of the series. The Crimson will then send junior Enzo Stefanoni to the mound on Sunday for the finale.
• Alabama enters this weekend with Harvard after a 3-0 stint in Vegas against UNLV followed by a pair of midweek wins, first over UT-Martin on Tuesday followed by a victory over Middle Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon.
• The Crimson Tide finished Friday's doubleheader with a two-game sweep and clinched the series win over UNLV. The Tide took game one by a score of 8-0 before a late-game comeback helped UA to a 5-4 victory in the nightcap.
• Connor Prielipp shined once again on Friday, striking out a season-high eight and walking just one while retiring 14 straight before allowing the free pass. The left-hander worked 5.0 frames and then handed it over to the duo of sophomore Tyler Ras and junior Ryan O'Connell.
• Alabama's bats produced nine hits, including three solo home runs. Two of the solo homers came from redshirt sophomore Sam Praytor. The Tide catcher finished a perfect 3-for-3 with two roundtrippers, two RBI, a pair of runs scored and an intentional walk. The other solo home run came from Brett Auerbach. The senior went 1-for-4 with two RBI, a pair of runs and his team-leading fourth stolen base of the season.
• A ninth-inning, game-winning home run from junior Jackson Tate completed the comeback as the Tide came away with a 5-4 win in the day's second game. Alabama took a 1-0 lead after one but was matched in the home half by UNLV. The Tide added single tallies in the second and third but were countered once again by the Rebels, making it a 3-3 contest after three full. In the fourth, UNLV took a one-run lead before both teams went quiet until the eighth. In that eighth inning, Alabama was able to tie things up and then used the Tate homer in the ninth to move ahead for good.
• The bullpen kept the Tide in the game. Casey Cobb was first to enter, working 2.0 innings of scoreless baseball with four strikeouts. The senior was followed by junior Brock Guffey who picked up his first win of the season with 1.0 scoreless frame, using just 10 pitches to get out of the inning. Chase Lee entered for the save as the sophomore recorded a strikeout and two groundouts to send the Tide home with a Friday sweep.
• A trio of home runs led Alabama baseball to a 5-1 victory over UNLV on Sunday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. Junior Tyler Gentry homered twice on Sunday, finishing 2-for-4 with a career-high tying four RBI and two runs scored. Also homering was Praytor, who went 1-for-3 with a solo shot. The home run for Praytor was his third of the weekend following a two-homer performance in game one of Friday's doubleheader with the Rebels.
• The Tide arms were good once again. Freshman Antoine Jean picked up his second win of the season with 4.0 innings of one-run baseball. He was followed by sophomore Jacob McNairy and redshirt freshman Landon Green. The duo combined for 5.0 scoreless frames, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three UNLV batters.
• Alabama picked up a 10-5 win over UT-Martin on Tuesday, using a pair of two-run innings in the fourth and sixth innings to pull away. UA got up 5-1 after two but a three-run third by UT-Martin made things close. The Tide countered with one in the home half of the third and used two in the fourth and a pair in the sixth to secure the midweek win.
• The Crimson Tide was able to hang on thanks to 6.2 solid innings from its bullpen. Leading the way was redshirt junior Garret Rukes, who contributed 3.2 innings of shutout baseball, allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out a career-high six batters for the win.
• Despite falling behind early, Alabama posted 10 runs across the middle innings to cruise to an eventual 12-6 win over Middle Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. MTSU got in front 3-0 in the top of the second, but Alabama steadily chipped away before eventually moving forward in the fifth.
• The Tide gained its lead by scoring in five consecutive innings, starting in the third. UA put up one apiece in the third and fourth but MTSU countered with one in the fifth. Trailing by two, Alabama exploded for a five-run fifth while adding one in the sixth and four in the seventh to secure the win. The Blue Raiders would add two more in the ninth, but it was not enough, as the Tide finished off the 12-6 midweek victory.
• The offense posted season-high marks in hits and runs, with 15 and 12, respectively. Alabama was led at the plate by freshman Peyton Wilson. The Tide catcher finished a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base. Trailing closely behind was Gentry and sophomore Drew Williamson, who each posted three-hit efforts and contributed two runs apiece.
• Cobb picked up the win on Wednesday night. The Alabama senior entered in a tough spot in the second but worked a career-long 4.1 frames, allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out three.
• Harvard travels to Tuscaloosa following a 27-16 campaign in 2019 that included a 14-7 mark in Ivy League play to come out as conference champions. The league title earned the Crimson an automatic bid in the NCAA Oklahoma City Regional where Harvard's season would come to an end after two games.
• The reigning Ivy League Coach of the Year, Bill Decker is in his ninth season with the Crimson. A 1985 graduate of Ithaca College, Decker is joined by associate head coach Bryan Stark, assistant coach Brady Kirkpatrick and volunteer assistant coach Kyle Decker.
• Harvard was selected to finish second overall and received four first-place votes in the Ivy League's preseason poll, as voted on by two members of each school's media contingent.
The Crimson Tide will continues its homestand with a pair of midweek games next week. First up for Alabama will be South Alabama on Tuesday, March 3. The Jaguars will be followed by North Alabama, as the Lions travel to Tuscaloosa the very next day on Wednesday. Both pairings are slated for a 3 p.m. start and will air on SEC Network+.