Kilcrease Pitches Tide Over Alcorn
Nathan Kilcrease (1-0) followed up Adam Morgan's standout performance with one of his own, going 6.0 innings and allowing only four hits and one run, while striking out eight to tie his career high in strikeouts. He peppered the zone all day, throwing 54 of his 75 pitches for strikes.
"I thought we played really good defensively," Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard said. "Kilcrease gave us a really good start. Early in the season it's nice to play close, competitive games, and I thought that's what today was."
The Tide scored early when on the second pitch of the game Taylor Dugas went deep over the right field wall to kick off the scoring for the Tide. Dugas' home run was the first for the Tide this season and the fifth of his UA career.
After a quiet three innings, Alcorn State answered back in the fourth with a run of its own thanks to a double by Kenny Rowan to plate Kilby Perdomo, setting the score even at 1-1. However, the Tide would not rest, adding one run in the bottom of that very same inning off a Brett Booth sacrifice fly to plate Jared Reaves who had reached on a single to left to start off the inning, regaining the lead for good as the Tide went up 2-1.
Andrew Miller, making the start in right field, added another tally for the Tide in the bottom of the seventh on a liner through the right side to plate Austen Smith, making it a 3-1 game. Jared Reaves added two more on a double to right center to add to make it a 5-1 game, the eventual final score.
Reaves had an explosive day, going 3-for-3 with one run and two RBI. He is now 5-for-7 with four runs, two RBI and two hit-by-pitches in the series with ASU.
Jonathan Smart and Brett Whitaker finished out the game for the Tide with Whitaker earning the save.
The Tide and Braves will conclude the season-opening series tomorrow at The Joe with UA sending RHP Tucker Hawley to the mound and the Braves countering with RHP Mundo Sanchez. The game is scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. CST start.
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