Tide Baseball Into Nation's Top 25
Following a perfect 5-0 record last week, Alabama baseball moved into the national rankings in all four college baseball polls. The Crimson Tide is ranked No. 21 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, No. 24 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) weekly rankings , and No. 25 in both the Baseball America poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Crimson Tide improved its record to 18-7 overall with its current seven-game winning streak, that includes a three-game sweep of Kentucky in Southeastern Conference play last weekend. Bama is now 5-1 to start SEC play, the best record in the conference, a game in front of Mississippi State in the Western Division.
The Tide will play five games this week, with the first being played at Regions Park in Hoover against the UAB Blazers (13-10, 2-1 CUSA) on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Sophomore Trey Pilkington (1-0) is scheduled to start for Alabama. The Blazers will start junior left-hander David Hayes (0--1).
The second midweek game will have the Crimson Tide returning to Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Wednesday night for a 6:05 p.m. game against the South Alabama Jaguars. UA wraps up the week at home against the No. 13 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks for a three-game Southeastern Conference series beginning on Friday.
Senior catcher Brock Bennett leads Alabama with a .395 batting average and is one of four players on the roster with a .340 or better average. Junior shortstop Jared Reaves, who leads the team with 22 RBI, is hitting .366 and junior All-American outfielder, Taylor Dugas, is on his heals at .363. Dugas leads the team with nine doubles, 25 runs scored, and a .487 on-base percentage. Sophomore outfielder Andrew Miller, who has been hot with the bat recently, has his average up to .343 after opening SEC play with a .458 average through six games.
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