Tide Had Won Six Straight SEC Series

The Crimson Tide's streak of winning Southeastern Conference series ended at six Saturday. Alabama lost to Ole Miss, 5-2, Bama's second consecutive loss to the Rebels. straight Southeastern Conference series' Alabama won its final five series last season and opened the 2009 season with two wins in three games against previously undefeated and number one-ranked Georgia.

Here are Alabama notes from Saturday's game:

Alabama is expected to send junior left-hander Del Howell (Tuscaloosa) to the mound on Sunday against the Rebels. Howell made his first start of the season on Tuesday against Alabama A&M and threw six shutout innings and struck out 14 batters.

Junior third baseman Jake Smith (Shannon, Ala.) had a leadoff double in the fifth inning and has now hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, including a five-game hitting streak. During his last 13 games, Smith is hitting .431 (22-for-51) with six home runs and 17 RBI.

Freshman left fielder Taylor Dugas (Lafayette, La.) extended his hitting streak to 11 games, with a two-out RBI single in the fifth inning. During the streak, he is batting ..512 (22-for-43) with 17 runs scored, four doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI. Dugas' 11-game hitting streak is the second-longest by an Alabama player this season. Kent Matthes opened the year with an 18-game hitting to lead UA this season.

Sophomore right-hander Nathan Kilcrease (Phenix City) worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Saturday. He allowed one hit and faced the minimum, getting a double play in the seventh inning. He also retired the Rebels on three pitches in the sixth inning.

The Crimson Tide turned two double plays on Saturday and has five double plays in five SEC games. Alabama now has nine double plays this season, the fewest in the SEC.

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