Quigley Pitches Tide To Win

Alabama left-hander Miers Quigley threw one less scoreless inning Wednesday night than Southeastern Louisiana used pitchers in leading the Crimson Tide to a 7-0 win at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Quigley (4-1) held the Lions to six singles in seven innings for his fourth win of the season and third straight victory. He added three strikeouts and did not walk a batter in his 90-pitch gem.

Austin Graham pitched the final two innings and allowed three hits and struck out two as the Tide posted its second shutout of the season. Alabama also blanked Jacksonville State 5-0 on March 26, in Jacksonville.

Southeastern Louisiana used eight pitchers in the loss. In the last three games, Alabama opponents have used 21 pitchers.

In is last three midweek starts, Quigley has defeated Jacksonville State, UAB and Southeastern Louisiana. He pitched a complete game shutout at Jacksonville State on March 26 and held UAB to one earned run in eight innings on April 1. Including a two-inning relief stint at LSU on April 5, Quigley has allowed only one earned run in his last 26 2/3 innings for the Tide.

"Miers pitched well again," Alabama Coach Jim Wells said. "He has had back-to-back-to-back quality outings. We will probably look at moving him to weekend, likely this Sunday."

Quigley and Graham did not allow a walk, marking the first time this season Alabama did not issue a walk. The Crimson Tide did not make an error in Wednesday's win, marking the Tide's fifth errorless game of the season.

"It was a clean game," Wells added. "We did not walk anyone and we did not make an error. We have played pretty well the last two games. Now, we have to b able to sustain this at Tennessee this weekend."

Alabama (19-15) had 14 hits in the win over the Lions after an 18-hit game Tuesday night against Mississippi Valley State. Junior center fielder Alex Kubal had three hits and one RBI to lead the Crimson Tide offense. Freshman shortstop Josh Rutledge had two hits and scored two runs to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

Southeastern Louisiana (16-14) finished the game with nine hits and left eight runners on base after going 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position. The Lions were shut out for the third time in the last four games.

Alabama scored the only runs it would need in the bottom of the third inning when Rutledge's sacrifice fly scored Kubal and freshman second baseman Ross Wilson added an RBI single.

The Crimson Tide added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 4-0 lead. Rutledge and senior DH Matt Bentley both doubled in the fifth and junior first baseman Wes Henderson singled and scored on Kubal's base hit in the sixth.

Alabama blew the game open with three runs in the eighth inning. Junior right fielder Tyler Odle had an RBI single and later stole home on the backend of a double-steal with Rutledge. Sophomore left fielder Brandon May added an RBI double to cap the scoring.

Phil White, the second of eight SLU pitchers, took the loss on the mound. White (0-1) was charged with two runs and two hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Alabama is back on the road this weekend in SEC play as the Tide travels to Knoxville, to face the Tennessee Volunteers at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The teams will play at 7 p.m. (EDT) on Friday and Saturday. The Saturday game will be televised live by SportSouth. The series finale is Sunday at 2 p.m. (EDT).


*Alabama had 14 hits in the win over Southeastern Louisiana and pounded out 32 hits in its two midweek wins over Mississippi Valley State and SE Louisiana.

*Freshman shortstop Josh Rutledge went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. During the streak, he is batting .453 (19-for-42) with 10 runs scored and nine RBI.

*Sophomore left fielder Brandon May went 2-for-4 with one RBI in the win over SE Louisiana. In his last three games, May is 9-for-14 (.643) at the plate with three doubles, one home run and six RBI.

*Junior catcher Vin DiFazio made his first collegiate start for the Crimson Tide, making his first appearance of the season as Alabama's catcher.

*SE Louisiana used 25 players in the game against Alabama, including eight pitchers.

*Alabama is now 10-0 all-time against SE Louisiana, including a 9-0 mark in Tuscaloosa.

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