Tide At Arkansas Opens SEC Baseball

The good news in the Alabama Baseball Classic was that the Crimson Tide defeated a ranked team. The bad news was that there wasn't any more good news. Well, that's not strictly true, because some individuals had nice performances, but it wasn't a good weekend for Bama to fall to 6-9 overall with the Southeastern Conference season beginning this week.

The highlight for Alabama was the Crimson Tide's dramatic 7-6 win over 20th ranked Louisville. But the Tide also lost to East Carolina, 3-1, and Oral Roberts, 3-2. And that came on the heels of an 8-3 loss to Auburn in a non-conference game in Montgomery.

Someone looking for a trend might notice that Bama had a total of six runs in the three losses.

Bama has a couple of midweek non-conference home games before heading to fourth-ranked Arkansas and the start of SEC play Friday. The Tide will host Southern Mississippi, which defeated Alabama in Hattiesburg, 14-2, a little over a week ago, a 6 p.m. CDT Tuesday. On Wednesday, also at 6 p.m., the Tide will host Samford at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

The Crimson Tide heads to Fayetteville this weekend to open SEC competition. Alabama takes on Arkansas at 6:30 p.m. CDT Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday in a game that will be televised by CSS, and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Last week Alabama batted .254 in the four games, which is close to the year-long average of .259. Bama opponents had a .272 batting average last week.

Bama pitchers had a 3.34 earned run average with 25 strikeouts in 35 innings.

Jake Hubbard made three appearances and finished the week with three and a third innings pitched and figuring in two decisions – a victory over Louisville and the loss (and a blown save) against Oral Roberts. The freshman right-hander allowed three runs, but all were unearned. He gave up two hits with four walks and four strikeouts. On the year he has a total of nine innings pitched and an ERA of 0.71

Trey Pilkington had a no decision in his first start, but did well with six innings against Oral Roberts, allowing one earned run on four hits and striking out five. Charley Sullivan pitched eight innings in the loss to East Carolina and gave up three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts.

It's never a surprise when Taylor Dugas is good at the plate. It was a pleasant surprise that freshman catcher Ben Moore was Bama's top hitter last week with a .385 average. He was 5-13 with a double, a triple, and three runs scored.

Dugas, too, had a good week going 6-16 (.375) with a double and two runs batted in. He's leading the Tide with a .352 average with Moore and Hunter Gregory batting .333. Dugas now ranks fifth in Alabama baseball history in doubles with 60 and needs five more to break the record held by David Magadan. Dugas now has 282 career hits and passed Josh Rutledge (279) to move into sixth all-time for the Tide.

Brett Booth led the club with three runs batted in on the week, and leads the Tide with 12 RBI this season.

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