Alabama baseball makes final preparations for NCAA tournament opener against Troy

The Alabama Crimson Tide opens the NCAA baseball tournament Friday against the Troy Trojans with first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m. (

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama Crimson Tide made the six-hour bus trip to Florida on Wednesday afternoon to compete in the 2013 NCAA Baseball Tallahassee Regional. The Crimson Tide opens the tournament on Friday against the Troy Trojans with first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m. CT, from Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.

"When we saw that we were going to Florida State, we were excited to come back," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "We know it's going to be a first class regional once again, just like it was two years ago. We had a challenging season last year, so this has been one of the more rewarding years for us. A combination of senior leadership and a talented group of freshmen have turned things around and we've earned an opportunity to be here."

The game between Alabama and Troy will be televised on ESPNU and, with Adam Amin and Rod Delmonico calling the action. The game will also be available on the radio on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Chris Stewart and Lee Tracey calling the action. The game broadcast will also be carried on Sirius/XM. The game can be heard on Sirius 158/XM 199.

The Tide will start senior right handed pitcher Charley Sullivan on Friday against Troy. Sullivan has a 5-6 record with a 3.56 ERA in 15 starts in 2013. He has a team-high 75 strikeouts in a team-leading 91.0 innings pitched. The Trojans will throw junior left handed pitcher Shane McCain on Friday. McCain made 15 appearances, all as a starter, posting an 8-1 record with a 3.53 ERA. He struck out 99 batters in 91.2 innings pitched, while holding opponents to a .223 batting average.

Alabama is making its 23rd NCAA Regional appearance. The Tide has a 66-45 (.594) in 111 NCAA tournament games. UA has been to the NCAA Tournament in five of the last six seasons. Alabama missed the 2012 NCAA tournament, snapping a four-year run. The Tide is making their fourth trip to Tallahassee for an NCAA Regional. Alabama played in Tallahassee in 1983, 1991 and 2011. The Tide is 8-4 in NCAA Regional games in Tallahassee.

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