TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Baseball in Alabama will welcome the ULM Warhawks to Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Wednesday, March 7th. The midfield match is set to a first pitch of 15:00 with the game being broadcast on SEC Network +.
Follow the tide
Fans can follow Wednesday’s match via the outlets below:
See: SEC Network +
Listen: 100.9 FM / CTSN / TuneIn App
Live statistics: StatBroadcast.com
Likely Start Pitching Matchup
WEDNESDAY: UA – William freeman (R-Sr., RHP) vs. ULM – Cole Cressend (Fr., RHP)
• Alabama and ULM meet for the 12th time in league history when the two teams square on Wednesday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Crimson Tide has an all-time advantage, 9-2, including 7-1 in The Joe.
• The two teams last met from March 3 to 3, 2017 in Tuscaloosa with the Crimson Tide sweeping the Warhawks. Alabama achieved a 4-3 victory to open the weekend and won the series the next day with a 6-2 victory. UA then completed the sweep with a dominant 10-3 victory on the day of the escape
Alabama sends senior sweater William freeman to the mound on Wednesday. The right-hander has made eight appearances this season, including three starts in the middle of the week, and owns a 2.18 ERA (5 ER / 20.2 IP).
• ULM calls Cole Cressend to start. The newcomer has appeared in three games with a start and is 0-1 this season. He has maintained a 5.68 ERA (4 ER / 6.1 IP).
Alabama returned to the diamond after a week off to host sixth-ranked Tennessee. Crimson Tide fished 1-2 against Vols, and earned the victory on the opening night before falling in two close matches on Saturday and Sunday.
• In the absence of at least one weekend starter, the Crimson Tide bull was tasked with throwing 18.0 of the 27.0 innings in the series.
• The only Alabama appetizer that took the ground toward the Vols and came halfway was Tyler race, who contributed 5.0 frames on the way to earning the victory in Friday’s matchup. Over the next two days, UA’s starting exit went early, forcing Alabama to lean on nine total auxiliary arms at the end of the weekend, four of which made two separate appearances.
• Alabama managed to keep things close offensively thanks to six home runs over the three-day stretch. Sam Praytor led by two as part of his .500 (6-12) weekend. William hamiter came back from a break in five games to pace the UA averaging .538 (7-13), while also contributing his first career homer. Owen Diodati, Drew williamson and Peyton Wilson each added a separate homer with Williamson’s winger who added an insurance in Friday’s win.
• Crimson Tide scored seven undefeated races in a 7-4 comeback victory over Tennessee on Friday.
• Alabama fell behind, 4-0, after two innings. The tide gathered in three in the fourth before adding three more races one lap later in the fifth to take the lead for good. One more race at the bottom of the eighth provided all the security UA would need on the way to victory on Friday night.
• Ras painted through 5.0 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikes for his fourth win of the season. William freeman followed with 1.0 lap before Landon Green took the ground to contribute 2.0 frames. Chase lee then went into the final inning to pick up his second save of the season. The trio combined for 4.0 pointless innings, allowing just one hit and two trips while knocking out eight volunteer hitters.
Alabama’s efforts on the plate were highlighted by Praytor and Williamson. Praytor led the tide in hits, finishing 3-for-4 with a clear signal home run and allowing two RBIs to go with a couple of points scored. Williamson was UA’s leader in RBI with three as part of his 1-for-2 effort that included one run, one hit-by-pitch and one victim fly.
• A wild, overtime game between Alabama and Tennessee ended in favor of the Vols, 8-4, Saturday night.
• UA used a solo home run from Hamiter to get on the board in fourth. The tide then held the lead to the top of the seventh as Tennessee put out a four-pointer to take advantage. Alabama responded with one at home half of the seventh before tying things at the bottom of the eighth with two runs.
• Both teams failed to score in the ninth, sending it to the extras. The two troops went pointless in 10th before Vols used two hits and three trips to bring in four races in 11th place.
• Alabama fought the entire game in the series finale, but came short, 9-8, on Sunday afternoon.
• Tennessee put pressure on the tide from the start, scoring three at the top of the first. Alabama responded right-back with three of their own at home before UT put up two at the top of the second. Once again, UA responded, this time with one race. Tennessee continued to add one in the fourth with Alabama matching in the home half.
Vols posted single numbers in the sixth, seventh and eighth, but the tide would not sit still by scoring two on the eighth and one on the ninth. Alabama was able to reach the equalizer and clear signal races in the ninth, but an exit to others ended the match in favor of UT.
• Seven of the nine starters in Alabama recorded at least one hit on Sunday, led by Hamiter. The first-year student finished 3-for-5 with a double and one race scored.
• Praytor and Williamson also notch with multi-hit stakes. Praytor went 2-on-3 with home runs, two runs, two RBIs and a couple of runs scored, while Williamson recorded two hits as part of his 2-for-5 day that included a double, a run and a stolen base .
• The Warhawks completed the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign of 12-5 overall. ULM was set to host Arkansas State to launch Sun Belt action before the season was officially canceled.
• Mike Federico is in his fourth season at ULM. Federico entered the 2021 campaign with a career record of 62-67, all while in Monroe. Federico was educated from Southern Miss, 1998 and 1999, assisted by Brandon Belanger, Jake Carlson and Matt Collins.
• The Warhawks were selected to finish fifth in the West Division and ninth overall in the Sun Belt in the league’s preseason poll, as voted by the conference’s head coaches.
Alabama takes to the road this weekend, heading west to Bryan-College Station for a three-game series with Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide and Aggies opens on Friday with an 18:30 start at Blue Bell Park. Match two this weekend is scheduled for 14:00 start with things unpacking on Sunday at 13 All matches are broadcast live on SEC Network +.