Rosecrans Earns SEC Player Of Week

Alabama Baseball Coach Mitch Gaspard has been watching Alabama's pitchers perform very well this season. From time-to-time, though, an excellent job on the mound was off-set by a lack of offensive production. Gaspard, no doubt, has been pleased to see some new bats come alive for the Tide.

One of those who blossomed last week was Alabama junior designated hitter Josh Rosecrans. The 6-4, 210-pound Edmond, Okla., native had an outstanding week as Bama went 5-0, including a 3-0 sweep of Kentucky in Southeastern Conference games. For his efforts, Rosecrans was named the SEC Player of the Week.

Rosecrans went 7-16 for a .438 batting average in four starts as designated hitter. The right-handed batter also had a pair of home runs, 10 runs batted in, and four runs scored.

He had at least one hit in each of the four games he played, including a season-high three in a 9-5 win over Jacksonville State. The Wichita State transfer also had a home run, a career-high four RBI, and two runs scored against the Gamecocks.

He started all three games against Kentucky, posting a .364 (4-for-11) average in the series. He was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a walk in the 4-0 win in the series opener against the Wildcats. After posting a hit with an RBI and a run scored on Saturday, he began his day on Sunday, by hitting his team-leading third home run of the season over the right field wall. The first-inning homer gave the Tide a 4-0 lead en route to an 8-3 win.

Rosecrans entered the week hitting .234 with eight total RBI and one home run, and after his seven hits is hitting .286 with 18 RBI and three home runs.

Rosecrans and the nationally ranked Crimson Tide will continue action this week with five games. The week begins with a Tuesday night affair between Alabama and UAB at Regions Park in Hoover with first pitch at 6:05 p.m. CDT. Alabama returns home for a 6:05 p.m. game against South Alabama on Wednesday night, before hosting No. 13 Arkansas for three games this weekend.

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