Tide Blasts Troy, Braces For LSU

Alabama had a slugfest against Troy at the Crimson Tide's Sewell-Thomas Stadium Tuesday night. This weekend Bama has a big Southeastern Conference series, hosting the nation's second-ranked LSU. Here are Bama Baseball Notes:



Alabama will host No. 2-ranked LSU this weekend in a three-game SEC series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide and Tigers will open the series Friday at 6:35 p.m. (CDT). The teams will also meet on Saturday at 6:06 p.m. and Sunday at 2:06 p.m. The Saturday and Sunday games will be televised by Cox Sports Television and Comcast Sports South (CSS). Saturday's game was pushed back two hours to accommodate television.

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Alabama extended its winning streak to five straight games with a 22-4 win over Troy on Tuesday night.

Alabama hit four home runs in the win over Troy and now has 66 home runs this season. The 66 home runs are the most in school history through 31 games. The previous record was 63 home runs set by the 1997 team. The 1998 team had 62 home runs through 31 games.

The Crimson Tide posted its third 20-run game of the season on Tuesday, its second-highest run total of the season. Alabama has posted 20-run games against Alabama A&M (24) on March 17, Troy (22) on April 7 and Illinois-Chicago (20) on Feb. 28.

Alabama tied the school record with two grand slams in the game against Troy. Junior third baseman Jake Smith hit a grand slam in the first inning and senior right fielder Kent Matthes hit a grand slam in the second inning. The last time the Crimson Tide hit two grand slams in one game was against Middle Tennessee State on March 15, 1992. Brad Oliver and Juan DeBrand hit grand slams in the win over the Blue Raiders.

The Crimson Tide has hit five grand slams this season. Brandon May has two grand slams against Georgia and Tennessee, while Clay Jones (Texas Pan American), Jake Smith (Troy) and Kent Matthes (Troy) have one grand slam each.

Smith and Jones hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning, marking the fourth time this season the Tide has hit consecutive home runs.

Alabama scored five or more runs in an inning four times in the win over Troy and has now scored five or more runs in an inning 16 times this season. The Tide scored five runs in the first inning, six runs in the second inning and five runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Freshman left-fielder Taylor Dugas (Lafayette, La.) went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 21 games.

Senior right fielder Kent Matthes went 2-for-2 with two home runs and a career-high seven RBI in the win over Troy. He reached base four times and had one sacrifice fly.

Matthes recorded his fourth multi-home run game of the season on Tuesday. He also hit two home runs against SE Missouri State (Feb. 22), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (March 6) and Mississippi (March 22).

Matthes moved into sole possession of seventh place on the school's all-time home run list on Tuesday. With two homers against Troy, Matthes now 39 career home runs, moving him past Brent Boyd (1999-2002) and Matt Frick (1997-98). Matthes has five career home runs against Troy.

Senior right-hander Casey Kebodeaux stranded two inherited runners in the third inning and has now stranded 10 of 11 inherited runners in 2009.

Redshirt freshman right-hander Tyler White struck out six batters in two innings, including four strikeouts in the sixth inning.

Junior DH Clay Jones went 4-for-4 with one home run and three RBI. It was his first four-hit game of the season for the Tide.

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