Morgan, Dugas Coaches' Picks

The Alabama coaching staff named sophomore left-hander Adam Morgan and sophomore centerfielder Taylor Dugas as the Crimson Tide's players of the week following its series with the South Alabama Jaguars.

"Both Adam and Taylor had great weekends," Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard said. "Morgan was outstanding on the mound with 11 strikeouts and command of the strike zone. Dugas always seemed to be on base and creating offense the rest of the lineup. We had a lot of great performances, but these two guys stood out last weekend."

Morgan was named the Crimson Tide's "Pitcher of the Week" after recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts in the Tide's 12-4 win over South Alabama on opening day. Morgan worked six innings and allowed three runs and three hits and did not walk a batter. He threw 66 pitches, including 54 strikes, in his first career opening day start on the mound. Morgan retired the first nine South Alabama batters, with seven strikeouts. He fanned five of the first six batters he faced. He struck out the side in the first and sixth innings.

Dugas was named the "Hitter of the Week," going 5-for-8 (.625) with three runs scored and three RBI in the two-game series. He was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and one RBI in the season opener. He drew a leadoff walk in the first inning and later scored the first run in the Gaspard era on Jake Smith's two-out single. Dugas went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the series finale on Sunday, including an RBI double in the Tide's three-run eighth inning.

Alabama will host Illinois-Chicago in a three-game series this weekend in Tuscaloosa. The series opener is Friday, Feb. 26, at 6:35 p.m. The teams will play a double header, consisting of two nine-inning games on Saturday, Feb. 27, beginning 12:05 p.m. Fans attending the Alabama-Mississippi men's basketball game can receive free admission to the baseball double header by showing the basketball ticket.

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