Bama's Kilcrease SEC Pitching Honoree
Moreover, the pressure was on Alabama, which needed a win to get into the Southeastern Conference.
Nathan Kilcrease is one of those rare athletes whose stature isn't measured in feet and inches or pounds. He's the one with the big heart and overflowing competitive juices.
Kilcrease got the job done with a complete game, five-hit, 2-1 victory over the Gamecocks. He allowed just one unearned run and just one extra base hit.
For his performance, the senior from Phenix City was named SEC Pitcher of the Week.
South Carolina averaged 10 hits per game entering the series. He used 113 pitches to record his sixth win of the season and pitched out of bases loaded jams in both the first and fifth innings, surrendering just one unearned run. He allowed just one hit in the final four innings, retiring 12 of the final 15 batters he faced.
The victory clinched the Crimson Tide's seventh conscutive berth in the SEC Baseball Tournament.
The complete game marked the second of the season for Kilcrease and the third of his career. He posted a complete-game shutout of Kentucky on March 25.
Kilcrease has a 6-2 record for the season and is tied for the team lead in victories. He has a 3.35 ERA in 86 innings pitched with 68 strikeouts, while holding opponents to a .264 batting average. Kilcrease is second on the team in innings pitched and strikeouts.
The fourth-year senior has a 21-10 career record, and is tied for eighth all-time at Alabama for victories.
He has made 86 career pitching appearances and is one appearance shy of tying the school record. Kilcrease, who is listed on rosters as 5-6 and 160, will tie that record when Alabama opens play in the SEC Tournament against Arkansas at 9:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday at Regions Park in Hoover.
BamaMag Top Stories
Bama pledge recruiting top target 'every day'Alabama has long had commitments recruiting for the program and the 2017 class has been as consistent as any.
10 Best: Top BamaMag Photos From SaturdayTUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- In a new feature to BamaMag.com, photographer Stuart McNair and the site staff select some of his best shots from the weekend's game.
'Bama commitment McDonald has massive gameCLAY, Ala. -- From the opening kick Friday night, it was apparent Alabama commitment Kyriq McDonald was on to a big-time performance Watch all of his big plays, including a trio…
Garcia's Glance: 'Bama blanks Kent StateAlabama remains No. 1 after a rock solid home win over Nick Saban's alma mater, Kent State. Let's dive into the tape and the facts in Garcia's Glance.
BamaMagYesterday at 10:16 AM
Alabama Had Big Statistical OutingAlabama senior O.J. Howard had first regular season TD since freshman year
BamaMagYesterday at 7:02 AM