Ross Wilson SEC Player Of Week
Wilson had a monster series at the plate, hitting .467 (7-for-15) with three home runs and 10 RBI in the four-game series sweep against Stony Brook. He also had two game-winning RBI. The Hoover, Ala., native added one double, two walks and scored five runs. He compiled a 1.133 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base mark.
"He had a great week and we needed it," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "He is a guy that can provide power, along with being very active on the bases. When he hits we seem to score a lot of runs because he has those power numbers where he is going to hit home runs and doubles. Ross is obviously a big key to our offense and we need him to stay consistent and get going."
Wilson went 2-for-5 in the series opener with a two-run home run in the first inning to jump start the Tide's 15-run outburst. He was 1-for-3 with one RBI in the Tide's 5-0 win in game two, collecting a first-inning sacrifice fly. In the Tide's 13-6 win in game three, Wilson matched his career high with two home runs and six RBI. He hit a three-run home run in the seventh and eighth inning in the win. He capped the weekend with a 2-for-4 game in series finale, with one double, one RBI and one run scored.
Wilson, White Named Players of the Week
Sophomore right-hander Tyler White and Wilson were named "Players of the Week" by the Alabama coaching staff on Monday. Both played key roles in the Tide's four-game sweep against Stony Brook.
White made two relief appearances and recorded one win and one save in the four-game series. He worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed two hits with two strikeouts and one walk. White was the winning pitcher in the series opener as he worked 2 2/3 innings in the Tide's 15-8 win. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the series finale for his first save of the season.
"White has been very steady and is probably our most steady guy right now out of the bullpen," Gaspard said. "He is throwing with really good velocity. He has been 90-94. He located well with his pitches and is certainly becoming a force in the back-end of our bullpen."
Alabama is ranked in three of the four major polls this week. The Crimson Tide is ranked 21st in both the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll. The Tide is also ranked 23rd by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll.
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