Alabama Baseball Downs Jax State

A solid day of hitting from Josh Rosecrans paired with a top-notch pitching start from Trey Pilkington helped propel the Alabama baseball team to the 9-5 win over Jacksonville State, Wednesday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Rosecrans excelled in the Alabama designated hitter role on Wednesday, going 3-for-5 with a home run, a career-high four RBI, and also crossed the plate twice himself. Also putting forth a solid day at the dish was Taylor Dugas. The center fielder reached base four of the five times he stepped in the box, going 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs.

Sophomore righty Trey Pilkington made his first start of the 2011 season and excelled in the role, earning the win to improve his record to 1-0 on the year. Pilkington threw 6.1 innings, allowing four runs – three earned – on six hits while walking one and striking out three. Taylor Wolfe, Case Nixon and Brett Whitaker combined to throw the final 2.2 innings, allowing only one earned run on one hit while striking out two. JSU started Taylor Sparks took the loss for JSU, bringing his record to 0-1 on the year.

Alabama returns to action this weekend at The Joe when the Crimson Tide opens home SEC play against the Kentucky Wildcats. Friday's game will begin at 6:05 p.m. CT start. Saturday first pitch is at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Starters for Friday's game have yet to be announced.

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