Tide 14-3 Winner Over South Alabama
Kebodeaux (4-0) notched his career-best fourth win of the season. His previous high was three wins set in 2007. His 54 career appearances are the most on the UA staff. The senior worked 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs and eight hits as the Tide reached the 30-win plateau of the season.
"I thought that was his best outing in a long, long time," Alabama Coach Jim Wells said. "He is different from the other guys. He is not a strikeout pitcher. He gets ground balls to short and third and did a real good job tonight."
May had four hits to lead the Crimson Tide's 16-hit attack on Wednesday. He drove in the first two runs of the game with a two-run double in the first inning and singled and scored in UA's three-run fifth inning. He added an RBI triple and scored in the sixth. He came to the plate in the seventh needing a home run to hit for UA's fourth cycle of the season, but stroked a one-out double off the warning track in right-center field and settled for the ground rule double.
"He almost hit for the cycle," Wells said. "He almost hit the last ball out (of the park). We need him in the lineup to protect (Kent) Matthes and do the things that he can do to help us win. He had a good game tonight."
South Alabama (21-23) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning with back-to-back two out hits by Adam Heisler and David Doss. Heisler doubled to left and scored on Doss' RBI single.
Alabama answered with two runs in the bottom of the first on May's two-run double down the left field line to put the Tide up 2-1.
The Crimson Tide added single runs in the second and third innings to stretch its lead to 4-1. Sophomore shortstop Josh Rutledge drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning and the Tide scored on Jake Overstreet's error in the third inning.
The Jaguars added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings on sacrifice flies by Clint Reynolds and Matt Drake.
Alabama blew the game open with eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a nine-run lead. In the fifth, the Tide got three straight two-out RBI singles from redshirt freshman Jon Kelton, senior Tyler Odle and freshman Taylor Dugas to take a 7-2 lead.
The Crimson Tide added five more runs in the sixth to stretch its lead to 12-3. Senior right fielder Kent Matthes singled and scored on May's RBI triple and junior Jake Smith followed with a two-run home run, his 16th of the season. Junior Clay Jones added a two-run home run to give the Tide a nine-run lead.
Odle's two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning pushed the lead to 14-3 and the game was halted by the 10-run mercy rule.
Smith added three hits and two RBI for the Crimson Tide and Dugas, Jones and Odle had two hits each. Odle also drove in three runs and hit his second home run of the season.
Alabama travels to Mississippi State for a three-game SEC series, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Polk-Dement Stadium in Starkville.
*Alabama won its 30th game of the season on Wednesday night. The Tide has won 30 or more games 14 times in Coach Jim Wells' 15 seasons as head coach.
*The Crimson Tide hit three home runs against South Alabama and now has 91 home runs this season. Junior third baseman Jake Smith's two-run home run in the sixth inning snapped the Tide's longest homer less drought of the season at 23 innings.
*Alabama scored five runs in the sixth inning and has scored five or more runs in an inning 21 times this season.
*The Tide snapped a three-game series losing streak to the Jaguars on Wednesday night. Alabama had not beaten South Alabama since a 7-6 win in Tuscaloosa in 2006.
*Alabama's 14-3 win snapped South Alabama's five-game road winning streak, the fifth-longest active streak in Division-I baseball.
*Sophomore second baseman Ross Wilson (Hoover) missed his first game of the season on Wednesday night, while nursing a sore right hand. Wilson was hit in the hand by an Alex Meyer pitch in Sunday's game against Kentucky and was held out of Wednesday's game. He should be back in the lineup Friday night at Mississippi State. Sophomore shortstop Josh Rutledge is now the only UA player to start all 45 games this season.
*Junior Brandon May (Marietta, Ga.) replaced Wilson in the starting lineup at second base. May has now started at five different positions this season for the Crimson Tide. He has starts as the designated hitter (17), first base (15), left field (5), third base (4) and second base (1).
*Senior right fielder Kent Matthes (Orlando, Fla.) was hit two times by a pitch on Wednesday night and has now been hit 11 times this season. He has been hit four times in the last three games. Matthes went 1-for-3 and recorded his 200th career hit with a sixth-inning single.
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