Troy's Head Coach, Bobby Pierce, is familiar with the park and town, too, having played at the University from 1980-81 and coached at Alabama under Barry Schollenburger before Jim Wells' arrival.
Troy won 42 of their last 50 regular season games, but three of those eight losses came first-round regional opponent Southern Miss.
"I think this is the right place for us to be as far as regional play is concerned," Pierce said. "I didn't want to be sent out to California or somewhere. I'd just assume to be here in Tuscaloosa."
"I'm also very happy we came to Tuscaloosa for a mid-week game," he said. "For our players to have experienced that might add a certain comfort level for them."
Pierce was featured on the cover of the April 1981 issue of ‘BAMA: Inside the Crimson Tide, when he was a senior co-captain with Jerry Haldeman. Pierce was the first baseball player/coach to make the cover of the magazine. Prior to that publication, only football and basketball players/coaches had made the cover.
Starting pitching has carried Alabama all season, and makes them a favorite to advance. Alabama's four main starting pitchers, Wade LeBlanc, Bernard Robert, Tommy Hunter and Jake McCarter have combined for 33 of the team's 41 wins this season (80.5 percent). Alabama starters have totaled seven complete games.
It was moving day for two Tide alumn pitchers. Lance Cormier (1999-2002) was sent down from the Atlanta Braves Major League club, where he'd been most of the year, to triple A Richmond. Meanwhile, former Tide pitcher Taylor Tankersley (2002-2004) was promoted to the big league Florida Marlins, where he will be used out of the bullpen.
** Alabama's games will not be found on television, but the University's donor web site, CrimsonTradition.com, is set to carry Alabama's games on the web for its members.
** This weekend's NCAA Regional is the fifth ever hosted at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, with all five coming under current Tide Coach Jim Wells (1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2005). Bama is in the tournament for the 10th time in 12 years under Wells.