Notes From Bama Win Over Florida
Alabama (29-19, 10-14 SEC) remains one game behind Tennessee for eighth place in the overall SEC standings following Sunday's win. The top eight teams advance to the 2010 SEC Tournament, which is played at Regions Park in Hoover from May 26-30.
Sophomore center fielder Taylor Dugas was hitless in the game on Sunday, but reached base twice and had two RBI in for the Crimson Tide. He had a sacrifice fly in the Tide's four-run second inning and drew a bases-loaded walk, which forced in the winning run, in the three-run fifth inning. He has reached base safely in 47 of 48 games this season, including 37 consecutive games, dating back to March 13.
Junior shortstop Josh Rutledge went 3-for-5 with a home run and career-high six RBI in the Tide's 10-8 win on Sunday. He slammed a three-run home run in the second inning to give Alabama its first lead of the series at 4-3. His previous high was five RBI, most recently against Illinois-Chicago on February 27.
Rutledge has hit safely in 23 of the Tide's 24 SEC games this season, including a 15-game hitting streak in SEC play. He leads the Tide with 26 multi-hit games this season and has 76 in his three-year career.
Rutledge recorded his 250th career hit on Sunday with a two-run single in the fourth inning. He is the eighth player in Tide history with 250 career hits, joining Andy Phillips (322, 1996-99), Brent Boyd (313, 1999-2002), Joe Caruso (309, 1994-97), Jeremy Brown (307, 1999-2002), G.W. Keller (292, 1997-99), David Magadan (268, 1981-83) and Emeel Salem (259, 2004-07).
Senior first baseman Clay Jones reached base 11 times in 15 appearances, a .733 on-base percentage in the three-game series with Florida. He had three hits, drew four walks and hit by a pitch four times.
Freshman right fielder Andrew Miller went 2-for-2 on Sunday and reached base four times and scored a career-high four runs from the No. 8 spot in the lineup. He was hit by a pitch and scored in the four-run second inning, singled and scored in the fourth, hit by a pitch and scored the winning run in the fifth and singled and scored in the seventh inning.
Junior RHP Nathan Kilcrease made his fifth career start and first career SEC start on the mound against Florida. He worked 6 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs (6 ER) and nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk. He threw a career-high 107 pitches.
Senior Jake Smith earned his third save of the season with 2 1/3 innings in relief of Kilcrease. Smith allowed one unearned run and one hit with four strikeouts and one walk. He stranded both inherited runners in the seventh inning as got fly outs from Austin Maddox and Brian Johnson as the Gators left the tying runs on base. He had two strikeouts in the eighth inning and two more in the ninth.
Alabama played the game without starting second baseman Ross Wilson, who missed his fifth straight game with a hairline fracture in his left hand.
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