Notes From Bama Sunday Baseball
Alabama senior right fielder Kent Matthes (Orlando, Fla.) hit his 20th home run of the season on Sunday afternoon to become the 13th player in school history with 20 home runs in a season. The last UA player to hit 20 home runs in a season was Beau Hearod (Jennings, La.) in 2003. Hearod finished the 2003 season with 20 home runs.
Matthes has homered in 16 of his 32 games this season and has at least one home run against 12 of the Tide's 16 opponents this season. He has homered in all five SEC series' this season and has homered in all five Sunday SEC games.
The Crimson Tide hit five solo home runs in Sunday's loss to LSU and now has 72 home runs in 34 games this season. UA has homered in 32 of its 34 games this season and 14 of its 15 SEC games.
Junior third baseman Jake Smith (Shannon, Ala.) hit two home runs against LSU on Sunday, giving him 12 home runs this season. Smith hit a solo home run in the second and ninth innings. It was his third multi-homer game of his career and second of the season.
Junior DH Brandon May (Marietta, Ga.) had three more hits on Sunday, including a solo home run in the ninth inning. May was the Tide's leading hitter against LSU, going 9-for-12 (.750) with two home runs and eight RBI in the series.
May and Smith homered on consecutive pitches in the ninth inning, marking the fifth set of back-to-back home runs for Alabama this season. Smith has been involved in four of those five back-to-back home run opportunities.
Alabama freshman left fielder Taylor Dugas (Lafayette, La.) had his 23-game hitting streak come to an end on Sunday with a 0-for-5 game.
The top three hitters in UA's lineup – Dugas, Josh Rutledge and Ross Wilson – were 0-for-16 in the loss to LSU.
Alabama allowed a season-high 12 runs and 19 hits to LSU on Sunday.
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