Alabama's Dugas Is All-America

DURHAM, N.C. – Alabama sophomore center fielder Taylor Dugas was named to the 2010 Baseball America first-team All-America team.

Dugas started all 67 games for Alabama this season and hit a team-leading .395 (96-for-243) with two home runs and 37 RBI. He led the SEC with a .525 on-base percentage and 59 walks from the leadoff spot in the batting order.

"The 5-foot-7 Dugas is one of the nation's most dynamic leadoff hitters thanks to his speed and his ability to get on base," Baseball America wrote in its 2010 All-American release.. "The SEC's on-base percentage leader walked nearly three times as often as he struck out and also hit for excellent average."

Dugas becomes the 15th first-team All-American in Crimson Tide baseball history. He is the fifth UA player to earn first-team honors by Baseball America, joining David Magadan (1983), Doug Duke (1986) Joe Vitiello (1991) and Kent Matthes (2009).

Dugas led the Crimson Tide in seven offensive categories, including batting average (.395), on-base percentage (.525), runs scored (70), triples (5), walks (59), stolen bases (19) and plate appearances (326). Defensively, he led the Crimson Tide with five outfield assists.

A 2010 First-Team All-SEC selection, Dugas hit a team-leading .407 (44-for-108) in conference play with one home run and 17 RBI in 30 starts. He led the SEC with a .545 on-base percentage and 27 walks.

"This is a great honor for Taylor and the University of Alabama," head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "I've said all along, he is the best leadoff hitter in the country and Baseball America recognized his accomplishments with a well-deserved honor. He is a great baseball player and a hard-nosed competitor. More importantly, he is a person with great character and a great ambassador for the University of Alabama."

The Lafayette, La., native has been invited to Team USA Baseball Trials this summer, where he will compete for a spot on the USA National Team. Dugas reached base safely in 65 of 67 games this season, including a 47-game on-base streak from March 14 to May 29. He hit safely in 52 of 67 games and scored in 48 of 67 games this season.

He was the leading hitter in seven of the 14 weekend series, including South Alabama (.625), College of Charleston (.500), Stony Brook (.500), Auburn (.700), LSU (.467), Mississippi State (.500) and South Carolina (.500). He was also UA's top hitter in February (.471, 8-for-17, 8 R, 5 RBI), March (.431, 28-for-65, 18 R, 21 BB, 9 RBI) and April (.409, 27-for-66, 20 R, 21 BB). Dugas was a three-time Player of the Week (Feb. 22, April 5 and April 19) selection by the Tide coaching staff.

Dugas was second on the team with 31 multi-hit games. He had a season-high four hits in postseason wins over Elon (June 4) at the NCAA Atlanta Regional and Clemson (June 12) at the NCAA Super Regional. He hit a three-run home run at No. 3 South Carolina on May 2 and added a leadoff home run against Georgia Tech in the Atlanta Regional on June 6.

He was named to the Atlanta Regional All-Tournament Team after hitting .409 (9-for-22) with six runs scored, two doubles, one home run and three RBI in five games. He hit .360 (18-for-50) in the postseason with one home run and five RBI. He scored 14 runs in 12 games.

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