Notes From Tide Win Over State

Here are notes from Alabama's 17-16 win over Mississippi State in Starkville Sunday. The victory gave Alabama a sweep against the Bulldogs. Weather shortened the series to only two games.



*Alabama (32-15, 14-9 SEC) has won seven of its last eight and 11 of its last 14 SEC games, following its two-game sweep of Mississippi State this weekend. The Crimson Tide is now tied with Arkansas for third place in the SEC Western Division and fourth-place in the overall SEC standings. Florida, LSU and Mississippi are all tied for first place with 16-8 league records. Alabama and Arkansas will meet next weekend in Tuscaloosa.

*The Crimson Tide recorded its first sweep at Mississippi State since sweeping a two-game series in 1973. The Tide won 7-5 and 3-0 en route to the 1973 SEC Western Division title. Alabama has never swept a three-game series in Starkville.

*Alabama recorded its second straight road series sweep of the season. Alabama swept a three-game series at Vanderbilt April 17-18 and a two-game series at Mississippi State this weekend.

*The Tide has won five straight SEC road games for the first time since 1997-98. It is first five-game SEC road winning streak in the same season since 1983.

*Alabama scored eight runs in the seventh inning to take an 11-7 lead over Mississippi State, marking the Tide's 23rd inning this season of five or more runs. It was also UA's fourth eight-run inning this year. The Tide also scored eight runs in an inning against Alabama A&M (March 17), Alabama A&M (March 18) and Mississippi (March 22).

*Senior center fielder Alex Kubal had a seventh inning to remember on Sunday in Starkville. He went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a grand slam in an eight-run top of the seventh inning to give the Tide an 11-7 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Kubal made a spectacular diving catch in left-center field to take away a potential two-run double from MSU leadoff man Grant Houge and end the inning with the Tide holding a four-run lead.

*Kubal (4-for-5, 3 R, HR, 5 RBI) matched his career-high with four hits and set a career-high with five RBI in the win over MSU. Kubal's seventh-inning grand slam was the second of his career and the seventh this season by Alabama.

*May (3-for-6, 2 HR, 7 RBI) recorded his second career multi-homer game on Sunday and set a career-high with seven RBI. He hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning and a three-run home run in the ninth..

*Wilson (4-for-6, 4 R, 2B, 3 RBI) matched his career-high with four hits and four runs scored in Sunday's win.

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