Bama Baseball Has First Loss Of Year

MOBILE, Ala. – Junior center fielder Taylor Dugas and senior designated hitter David Kindred had two hits each, but it wasn't enough as the Alabama baseball team dropped its first game of the 2011 season to Southeastern Louisiana, 6-2, on the first day of the South Alabama Classic from Stanky Field.

"I thought Southeastern (Louisiana) did a really good job on both ends today," Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard said. "They are really experienced team and have their whole club back after they were a to-25 team most of the season last year. I thought the key to the game early was their ability to run up Morgan's pitch-count. You have to tip your hat to those guys for being good offensively."

Dugas with 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and a run scored, and notched his first multiple-hit game of the season. Kindred was 2-for-3 with a single and a double with one RBI. Alabama finished the game with seven hits, including four extra base hits (3 doubles and 1 triple).

"He's (Dugas) the spark plug for our club, when he rolls our team has a chance to really get going offensively," Gaspard added. "He's a big part of what we want to do and today was a good sign. He put three really good swings on pitches today, but I think for us we're still trying to find that lineup for what's going to work."

Alabama starting pitcher Adam Morgan (1-1) took the loss, as he threw 3.2 innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Southeastern Louisiana starting pitcher Brandon Efferson (2-0) earned the win after pitching 7.0 innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and four strikeouts.

With Josh Sanders on first, Taylor Dugas got the first hit of the game for the Tide in the third inning, a double to the right field fence. Sanders was cut down at the plate as he tried to score from first, ending the inning.

Southeastern Louisiana put Alabama behind for the first time this season when Jeff Harkensee led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo home run to right field. It was the first run allowed by Morgan this season. After the Lions loaded the bases, a two-out double by Cass Hargis plated two runs and chased Morgan from the game, trailing 3-0. Charley Sullivan got Jonathan Pace to ground out to end the inning with runners on second and third.

The Lions extended their lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning, scoring two runs on three doubles. SELU finished the game with six extra base hits (5 doubles, 1 home run) and a total of 15 hits overall.

Dugas tripled with one out in the sixth, notching his first multiple hit game of the season. He scored on an infield out by Jon Kelton for the Tide's first run of the game. After the Lions extended their lead to 6-1 with a solo run in the sixth, the Tide got back-to-back doubles by Austen Smith and Kindred to cut the lead to 6-2.

Alabama will play its second game of the South Alabama Classic on Saturday against tournament host South Alabama. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Stanky Field. Probable starting pitchers are senior right-hander Nathan Kilcrease (1-0) for the Crimson Tide and sophomore right-hander Jeff Miller (0-0) for the Jaguars.

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