• Who: Presbyterian (0-0) at Alabama (0-0)
• When: Friday (6 p.m. ET), Saturday (6 p.m. ET), Sunday (2 p.m. ET)
• Where: Sewell Thomas Stadium - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
• Live Video: SEC Network+ - Friday | Saturday | Sunday
• Social Media – @PresbyterianBSB (Twitter) | @BlueHoseSports (Twitter/Instagram)
Series History (since 2008)
• Overall - First Meeting
• At Alabama - First Meeting
• PC opens the season with a true road series for the first time since 2013. That year, PC opened with a four-game series at Savannah State to start the season as a part of a nine-game road trip.
• The Blue Hose will face an SEC opponent in a three-game series for the first time since 2014. PC traveled to Auburn for a three-game series that season, which it will do again in 2016, taking the series opener.
• PC enters 2017 having reached 27 wins in each of the last two seasons, the high-water mark for wins in PC’s Division I era (since 2008).
• The Blue Hose also set a program record with 12 Big South wins last season en route to its first appearance in the Big South Tournament. The team finished tied for sixth in the Big South standings in 2016, the team’s best-ever finish in the league.
•The Crimson Tide went 32-26 a season ago with a 15-15 record in the SEC, finishing ninth in the conference.
• UA returns three of four starting pitchers from last season and five of its eight starting position players.
• Chandler Avant is the top returning hitter for the Tide, after batting .278 with a team-high 15 doubles a year ago. Chandler Taylor returns after homering nine times last season with a team-best .482 slugging percentage, both tops among returners.
• On the mound, Jake Walters returns after leading Alabama in a number of categories last year, including wins and strikeouts.
Chock, Kehner All-Big South by Perfect Game
• Junior right-hander Tanner Chock and senior lefty Brian Kehner were picked to the Preseason All-Big South team by Perfect Game. The two hurlers will anchor the PC rotation for the second straight season.
• Chock was 3-4 with a 4.60 ERA in 86.0 innings pitched across 15 starts a year ago, totaling 72 strikeouts against 44 walks and holding hitters to a .259 average. He turned it up a notch in conference play, going 3-0 with a 2.61 ERA in eight starts and a .198 opponents’ batting average.
• Kehner recorded a team-best 2.94 ERA in 95.0 innings pitched across 15 starts, compiling a 5-7 record with a .224 opponent batting average and 78 strikeouts against 13 walks. The lefty started the year 4-0 with an 0.68 ERA after his first four starts, allowing just two runs on 13 hits with 24 strikeouts against three walks in his first 26.1 innings pitched.
• Kehner tied the PC Division I era single-game record for strikeouts with 13 at Campbell on May 6, going 8.0 innings and allowing just one run on two hits.
Chock, Avery Top Prospects in Big South
• Tanner Chock was also named the No. 2 prospect in the Big South this season by both Perfect Game and D1Baseball.com. Chock was also the top pitching prospect in the league for 2017, according to Perfect Game.
• Chock’s best performance last year came against Gardner-Webb on March 25, throwing a two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts against no walks in 3-0 PC victory. He went on to have a strong summer in the Cape Cod League, compiling a 1.77 ERA in 20.1 innings pitched with his team winning each of the four games that he started.
• Additionally, Cletis Avery was named the league’s ninth-best prospect for this season. Avery batted .269 with 14 doubles, two triples and five home runs last year in his first season with the program. The shortstop started 56 of the 57 games and finished second on the team in stolen bases with 15 on the year. Avery scored 40 runs and drove in 30 more for the Blue Hose on the year.
Weyenberg Looks to Pick Up Where He Left Off
• Senior outfielder Tyler Weyenberg established a Division I era school record last season with a 23-game hitting streak in the first half of the year. He, remarkably, followed that up with a 14-game hitting streak, as he went on to collect a hit in 49 of 57 games.
• The then junior also reached base in each of the first 28 games of the season, which led the team last season. He recorded a team-high 27 multi-hit games, including seven three-hit games.
• Weyenberg’s .358 average was the third-best in school history since moving to Division I in 2008, while his 83 hits were the the most since 2011. In addition, his 16 stolen bases were the most in PC’s D1 era and the most since 2001.
From Closer to Starter
• Senior left-hander Hayden Deal served as PC’s closer for the 2016 season, totaling seven saves and making 31 appearances out of the pen to total 30.2 innings pitched. He will open the 2017 season in the starting rotation.
• This will not be Deal’s first time starting. In his career at PC, he has made seven starts, five of which came as a freshman in 2014. His last start came on April 4, 2015 against Campbell, as he worked 4.2 innings and allowed three runs on five hits with three walks against one strikeout.
PC Sets New Highs in 2016
• Head coach Elton Pollock returns for his 13th season at helm of his alma mater, after leading the Blue Hose to a Division I era record 27 wins in each of the last two seasons. The Blue Hose also established a school record with 12 Big South wins, leading to its first appearance in the Big South Tournament.
• PC compiled a 17-10 record in home games last season, including a 9-3 mark against conference opponents. The Blue Hose won six of their seven home weekend series, including all four against Big South opponents.
30th Season of PC’s Modern Era
• The 2017 season marks the 30th season of the PC Baseball program since it was reinstated in 1988. The program’s last season had been 1967 before it was revived in with the 1988 season. The Blue Hose have won 668 games over the previous 29 seasons.
• During the 30-year span, PC has seen just three coaches lead the program. Its first head coach when the program returned was Tim Corbin, who led the Blue Hose for six seasons from 1988-1993. Corbin recently won a National Championship as head coach at Vanderbilt in 2014.
• Doug Kovash took over as head coach in 1994 and would lead the program for 11 seasons. Kovash won two conference championships, coming in 1998 and 2003, and established school record for wins in a season with 40 in 1998.
• One of Kovash’s former players would become PC’s third head coach, as Elton Pollock assumed the duties beginning with the 2005 season. Pollock is now in his 13th season at the helm of the program and helped lead PC through the transition to Division I.