Notes From Tide Win Over Vandy

Alabama defeated Vanderbilt, 8-2, at Sewell-Thomas Stadium Saturday to give Alabama a 2-0 advantage in the three-game series that opened Southeastern Conference play this weekend. The teams will conclude the series at 2:05 p.m. CDT Sunday. The game will be regionally televised.

Alabama came into the series ranked 21st in the nation, while Vanderbilt was ranked 16th. Bama has improved its record to 16-1, while Vandy has fallen to 15-4.

Here are notes from Saturday's game:

*Alabama has equaled the best start in school history with its 16-1 record through 17 games. The 1997 team also began the year with a 16-1 record and ran that streak to a 20-1 record before a loss at Florida.    

*The Crimson Tide improved to 12-0 at home this season and has won 18 straight home games dating back to last season.  

*Alabama extended its winning streak to eight straight games following its 8-2 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. The Tide has had two eight-game winning streaks this season, including a season-opening eight-game winning streak from Feb. 20-March 6.

  *The Crimson Tide has won seven straight games against the Commodores dating back to the 2008 season. Alabama has won the last three series with Vanderbilt, including a three-game sweep in Nashville last season.

  *Alabama has now won 14 straight SEC home series against SEC Eastern Division teams.  The streak dates back to the 2005 season.

  *Alabama has not allowed a first-inning run this season and owns a 16-0 scoring advantage in the opening frame in the first 17 games. 

  *The Crimson Tide held a 3-0 advantage after three innings on Saturday and now owns a 52-7 scoring edge in the first three innings this season.

  *Alabama turned a season-high three double plays.

  * Junior right-hander Jimmy Nelson had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 16 1/3 innings on Saturday.  He allowed two runs in the fourth inning in the win over Vanderbilt.  Nelson's streak spanned four starts against Illinois-Chicago (1 1/3 IP), Charleston (6 IP), Stony Brook (6 IP) and Vanderbilt (3 IP).

  *Junior second baseman Ross Wilson's three-run home run gave the Crimson Tide a 3-0 lead in the third inning.  In his last eight games, Wilson has four home runs and 16 RBI. He had no home runs and five RBI in the first eight games.

  *Junior catcher Brock Bennett went 4-for-4 and scored three runs on Saturday.  The three runs scored and four hits both match his career high.

  *Junior shortstop Josh Rutledge went 2-for-5 with one run scored and three RBI on Saturday to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

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