What A Day For Tide's Matthes
Alabama senior right fielder Kent Matthes (Orlando, Fla.) had a huge day for the Tide on Saturday, going 2-for-4 with his NCAA-leading 24th home run and two RBI in the win over Arkansas. Matthes' two-run home run in the seventh inning was his ninth game-winning RBI this season and second in as many days against the Razorbacks. Ten of his 24 home runs this season have given Alabama the lead.
In addition to his day at the plate, Matthes also tied the school's all-time assist record with his 22nd career outfield assist. Matthes, with the help of a relay throw from second baseman Ross Wilson, threw out Jarrod McKinney at the plate in the fourth inning. Matthes is now tied with Scott McClanahan (1999-2002) with 22 career outfield assists.
Alabama (34-15, 16-9 SEC) has won six of its nine SEC series this season, including four of five at home.
The Crimson Tide has won nine of 10 and 13 of its last 16 SEC games, dating back to April 4. Since April 1, Alabama is 17-5 in its last 22 games.
Sophomore second baseman Ross Wilson (Hoover) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI to extend his hitting streak to nine games. It is his third nine-game hitting streak this season.
Alabama honored its 10 seniors in a pregame ceremony on Saturday afternoon. The senior class includes catcher Vin DiFazio, first baseman Wes Henderson, pitcher Austin Hyatt, pitcher Casey Kebodeaux, center fielder Alex Kubal, right fielder Kent Matthes, catcher Kyle Moore, outfielder Tyler Odle, outfielder Ryan Rhoden and pitcher Miers Quigley.
The senior class has played in more than 900 games at Alabama and accounted for 83 home runs and 39 pitching wins. The Tide has averaged more than 38 per season during their career; including a 51-15 mark during the 2006 SEC Championship season.
A total of eight Alabama players earned their college degrees on Saturday at the University of Alabama's 2009 graduation exercises. The list of graduates includes current players Vin DiFazio, Austin Hyatt, Casey Kebodeaux, Alex Kubal, Kent Matthes and Kyle Moore and student assistant coach Josh Copeland. Former Tide lefty Will Stroup (2007-08) also graduated on Saturday.
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