Double Up for a Buck

Alabama baseball Coach Jim Wells announced a change in the Crimson Tide's upcoming schedule Thursday afternoon to allow Tide fans to double up on Alabama athletics Sunday afternoon.

Sunday's series finale with Florida International will start at Noon (central), so fans can attend both the baseball game and the Alabama-Florida men's basketball game, which tips off at 3 p.m. (CT) in Coleman Coliseum.

Fans who have purchased tickets to the Alabama-Florida men's basketball can show their ticket at Sewell-Thomas Stadium and receive one dollar admission to Sunday's baseball game.

"We moved the game up two hours, so that our fans will have the opportunity to see both the baseball game and basketball game on Sunday," Wells said.

Alabama (5-3) will host the Florida International Golden Panthers (5-5) in a three-game series this weekend at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Friday's game begins at 6:30 p.m. The two teams also play Saturday at 4 p.m. The first 500 fans attending Saturday's game will receive a free Crimson Tide baseball t-shirt.

One other schedule change, the Crimson Tide's home baseball game with Birmingham Southern, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 1, has been moved to Tuesday, Feb. 28 to avoid conflict with the Alabama-Auburn men's basketball game, which is March 1 at 7 p.m. on Coleman Coliseum.

Alabama saw its modest four-game winning streak and 379-game home scoring streak come to an end with a surprising 2-0 loss to Memphis on Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Bama managed only four hits in the loss. In its last three games, Alabama is batting just .170 (15-for-88) and has scored just eight total runs (2.67 per game).

The Bama pitching staff has allowed just three earned runs in its last 52 innings (0.52 ERA) on the mound. The bullpen has been the real story for the Tide this season. UA relievers are 2-1 with three saves and a 2.23 ERA this season. The bullpen has not allowed an earned run in their last 28 1/3 innings, dating back to a 7-4 win over Winthrop on Feb. 13. Alabama has stranded 13 of 15 inherited runners this season, including the last 13 consecutive inherited runners dating back to Feb. 13. Alabama stranded all five inherited runners in the loss to Memphis and three in its win over Kent State on Feb. 19.


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