Tide's Ross Wilson SEC Freshman Honoree
Ross Wilson, a Hoover native, had his best weekend of the regular season, leading Alabama to a pair of high-scoring wins over Georgia. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs combined for 68 runs and 20 home runs in the three-game series. Alabama won the opener, 17-13, and then clinched the series with a 16-13 win on Saturday.
Alabama played its way into the SEC Tournament with its wins over Georgia. The Crimson Tide will meet Kentucky in the opening round of the tournament Wednesday night at Regions Park in Wilson's hometown of Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham.
Wilson was 6 for 13 (.462) with eight runs, two home runs and eight RBI in the series. He went 3 for 5 in the series opener with three runs scored and five RBI. His three-run home run in the third inning gave the Tide a 10-1 lead. Wilson hit a two-run home run that gave Alabama a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning in game two. He capped the series by going 2 for 4 with one double and one RBI. He also scored a career-high four runs, including an insurance run in the ninth inning off of Joshua Fields.
For the season, Wilson is hitting .279 (64 for 229) with 12 home runs and 41 RBI in 55 games. He ranks second among SEC freshman with 12 home runs. In SEC play, Wilson hit .272 (34 for 125) with seven home runs and 20 RBI.
Alabama has had four SEC Player of the Week winners in the last five weeks. Wilson was also named SEC Freshman of the Week, following the Tide's series win against Mississippi State (April 19-20). Freshman shortstop Josh Rutledge earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after the Auburn (April 25-27) series and sophomore left fielder Brandon May was named SEC Player of the Week after the Tide's first road series win at Arkansas (May 2-4).
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