Notes From Tide's Comeback Victory

Here are notes from Alabama's improbable 11-9 comeback victory against Kentucky in Lexington Sunday. The win enabled Bama to salvage one game of the three-game series against the Wildcats.



The nine-run Alabama comeback marks the largest in school history, dating back to at least the 1995 season, the last year before game-by-game records were kept the Crimson Tide. Alabama erased three eight-run deficits against Arkansas in 1999 and South Carolina in 2007. In 1999, Alabama trailed 8-0 in back-to-back games against Arkansas but rallied for the win both times. On April 24, 1999, Alabama trailed Arkansas 8-0 in the sixth inning before posting a15-8 win. The next day (April 25, 1999), Alabama found itself down 8-0 in the sixth before winning 9-8. On April 29, 2007, Alabama trailed South Carolina 10-2 in the third inning but won the game 11-10 on Alex Avila's three-run home run in the eighth inning.

Senior third baseman Jake Smith went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, one home run and four RBI in the series finale against Kentucky. He had three hits and scored three runs in his final three at bats as the Tide overcame a nine-run deficit for an 11-9 win.

Smith hit a sixth-inning grand slam to pull Alabama to within 9-5. It was his fourth career grand slam for the Tide and second in as many years against Kentucky. He hit an eighth-inning, game-winning grand slam last year on April 24, 2009 as UA rallied for an 11-6 win. His other two grand slams came against McNeese State (March 3, 2007) and Troy (April 7, 2009).

Junior shortstop Josh Rutledge went 3-for-6 with two RBI, including a game-winning two-run single with two outs in the eighth inning. Rutledge's two-run single scored freshman right fielder Andrew Miller and junior catcher Brock Bennett to give the Tide a 10-9 lead.

Sophomore left fielder Jon Kelton was 2-for-4 with one double and one RBI on Sunday. Kelton drove in UA's first run in the sixth inning when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and then started the five-run eighth inning with a leadoff double.

Junior DH David Kindred was 2-for-5 with one double and one RBI in the win. He had an RBI double in UA's five-run eighth inning.

Freshman right fielder Andrew Miller went 2-for-5 with one run scored and two RBI. He had an RBI single in both the eighth and ninth innings.

Sophomore right-hander Tyler White and junior right-hander Nathan Kilcrease combined for four scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Sunday with four strikeouts.

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