Back To Winning, Tide Hosts Jaguars

Each week, Southeastern Conference baseball teams nominate players for weekly honors. There's a pitcher and a position player and a freshman. In Alabama's case, the Crimson Tide had three nominees, but only two players.

That's because Alabama freshman Ben Moore had a week that earned him the nomination both for position player of the week and freshman of the week. The catcher from Cullman started all three games as Bama swept Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He had a .571 batting average (4-7), a 1.000 slugging percentage, and a .692 on-base percentage (reaching base on 9-13 trips to the plate). He tied for the team lead with rive runs batted in and led the Tide with six runs scored in the series. He had his first collegiate home run in the series, a three-run bomb with two outs. In the same inning he walked and scored, giving him two runs in Bama's eight-run inning. He also threw out two base runners attempting to steal and had a sacrifice fly RBI.

Alabama also had a solid nominee for pitcher of the week. Charley Sullivan, a junior from Oxford, Miss., was under a pitch count, but threw a career high six innings on Saturday to earn his first win of the season. He set a new career high by striking out five of the 21 batters he faced. He threw 52 of his 70 pitches for strikes, did not walk a batter, and allowed just three hits. He retired the side in order in four of his six innings pitched.

After dropping the first three games of the season to Florida Atlantic, the Tide bounced back last week with a sweep of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Alabama won by 14-0, 7-0, and 9-3.

Bama tries to get into the winning column this week when the Tide hosts the South Alabama Jaguars at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. From there, Alabama goes to Southern Miss for a 4 p.m. CST Wednesday game. The Golden Eagles are ranked 28th in the nation. Bama will spend the weekend in New Orleans with games against Tulane at 6:30 p.m. CST Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Last weekend the Tide got its offense back after a miserable performance against Florida Atlantic. Alabama posted a .347 batting average for the weekend, while collecting 11 extra base hits, including three home runs, six double and two triples.

Alabama was a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts, including seven stolen bases in game two of the series. The seven stolen bases in game two were the most for the Tide since stealing nine bags against Mississippi Valley State on May 14, 2002.

UA's 14-run performance on Friday were the most runs scored since posting 15 against Stony Brook on March 12, 2010. The Tide's eight-run eighth on Friday marked the most runs scored in one inning since scoring eight in the fourth against Mississippi State on April 25, 2010.

Alabama's starting pitchers threw 17 innings against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, allowing one earned run on eight hits with 15 strikeouts. The Crimson Tide bullpen combined for 10 innings of work and allowed just two runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts and four walks.

The pitching staff combined to hold the Golden Lions to a .185 average.

Alabama got home runs in the series from Ben Moore, Jon Kelton and Jared Reaves. Reaves posted a .364 average with four RBI and two runs scored and had three extra base hits -- double, triple and a home run.

Taylor Dugas reached base in all three games to run his streak to 18 games. He was 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored in the opener. Dugas recorded his 57th career double and 99th career RBI in game one of the series. He was 0-for-6 with three walks and a hit-by-pitch in the final two games. With three walks on Saturday, Dugas tied Evan Bush for second all-time at Alabama with 131 career walks.

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