A veteran middle infielder, Josh Rutledge returns for this third season as the Tide's starting shortstop and will once again team with junior second baseman Ross Wilson to form one of the nation's top middle infield units ... the junior has started 118 games in his UA career and is batting .339 (172-for-507) with five home runs and 75 RBI from mainly the leadoff or No. 2 spot in the batting order ... also added four triples, 23 doubles and 24 stolen bases ... scored 126 runs ... also started 58 SEC games in his two-year career and compiled a .346 average (88-for-254) with two home runs and 32 RBI ... has scored 56 runs and added 13 doubles against SEC foes ... a first-team All American in 2009, Rutledge hit .303 (73-for-239) with a five home runs and 44 RBI, both career highs ... he hit .281 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 28 SEC games as a sophomore ... he was one of three UA players to hit for the cycle in 2009, joining Kent Matthes and Jake Smith ... Rutledge hit for the cycle with a 4-for-5 effort at South Alabama on April 21, 2009 ... he finished the game with four runs scored and five RBI ... earlier in the season, he had six hits and nine RBI in back-to-back wins over Mississippi (March 22) and UAB (March 24) ... Rutledge earned Freshman All-American and Freshman All-SEC honors after a stellar rookie season in 2008 ... played and started 61 games and recorded the second-highest batting average by a freshman in Tide history ... Rutledge hit .369 his freshman season and led the SEC with 91 hits in the regular season ... his .369 average is second only to David Magadan's freshman school-record .393 average in 1981 ... set UA record with 23-game SEC hitting streak from March 21-May 10 ... also recorded third-longest hitting streak in school history with 28-game hitting streak from March 26-May 10 ... led all SEC freshmen in hitting (.369), total hits (99) and multi-hit games (31) as a freshman ... led UA with 31 multi-hit games ... named SEC Freshman of the Week on April 27 after an 8-for-11 performance against arch-rival Auburn as the Tide captured the weekend SEC series.
2009 SUMMER BASEBALL:
Played in the Cape Cod League for the second straight summer ... spent the 2009 season with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox ... led the Red Sox to a league-best 28-15-1 record and Eastern Division championship ... lost to eventual champion Cotuit in the CCL Playoffs ... played in 35 games and batted .250 (28-for-112) with two doubles and 11 RBI ... also added 17 runs scored, 10 walks and seven stolen bases ... summer league teammate of Micah Gibbs (LSU), Tyler Hanover (LSU), Matt Little (UK), Ben McMahan (UF), Austin Ross (LSU) and Drew Hayes (VU).
CAREER POSTSEASON NOTES:
Rutledge has started all 11 postseason games in his two-year career ... hitting .290 (13-for-45) in his postseason career with 11 runs scored, three doubles and six RBI ... started all four postseason games in 2009 ... he batted .294 (5-for-17) with four runs scored and two RBI ... he batted .333 (3-for-9) at the 2009 SEC Tournament with three runs scored and two RBI ... he went 2-for-8 (.250) with one double and one run scored at 2009 Clemson Regional ... started all seven postseason games for the Tide in 2008 ... he batted .286 (8-for-28) with seven runs scored, two doubles, four RBI ... he also added four stolen bases, five walks and a .417 on-base percentage ... as the starting shortstop, Rutledge made only one error in (.950) in 21 postseason chances ... in four SEC Tournament games, Rutledge hit .313 (5-for-16) with five runs scored, two doubles and two RBI ... he went 2-for-3 with one double and two runs scored in win over Georgia on May 22 ... added two RBI against LSU on May 24 ... started all three games at NCAA Conway (S.C.) Regional and hit .250 (3-for-12) with two runs scored and two RBI ... in his NCAA Tournament debut, Rutledge went 3-for-6 with one run scored and one RBI against East Carolina on May 30.
First-Team All-SEC selection ... started 57 games at shortstop ... missed only game of the season vs. Arkansas (sore back) on May 8 ... snapped streak of 79 consecutive starts, dating back to April 4, 2008 ... batted .305 (73-for-239) with five home runs and 44 RBI, both career highs ... hit .281 (34-for-121) with two home runs and 19 RBI in 29 SEC games ... made only six errors in 29 games ... ranked 11th in the SEC with 64 runs scored and ninth with 13 HBPs ... recorded seventh cycle in Alabama history at South Alabama on April 22 ... he was 4-for-5 with four runs and five RBI in the game ... it was UA's third cycle of the season, joining Kent Matthes (vs. Nicholls State, Feb. 24) and Jake Smith (Samford, April 15) ... tallied 21 multi-hit games ... co-leader with six, three-hit games ... hit safely in 42 of 57 games ... opened the season by hitting .269 (7-for-26) in first seven games ... went 3-for-5 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on March 5 ... posted six-game hitting streak from Feb. 24-March 5 ... matched a career high with six at-bats against TAMU-CC on March 7 ... went 3-for-5 and scored two runs in UA's series-clinching win over No. 1 Georgia on March 14 ... was a perfect 4-for-4 with home run, four RBI and three runs scored in 24-0 win over Alabama A&M on March 17 ... slugged first career home run, with a two-run home run in third inning ... it was his first home run in 339 career at bats ... went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, home run and career-high five RBI in 19-6 win at Mississippi on March 22 ... slugged first career SEC home run, with two-run shot in second inning ... tied career high with six at-bats against Mississippi Valley State on April 1 ... went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI against Troy on April 7 ... scored 100th career run on April 11 against LSU ... went 2-for-3 and matched career-high with three runs scored vs. Mississippi Valley State on April 14 ... batted .365 (5-13) with two RBI in three-game series at Vanderbilt on April 17-18 ... game-winning two-run single in series opener ... posted back-to-back two-hit games in final two games of series ... played 100th career game on April 18 at Vandy ... recorded seventh cycle in Alabama history on April 22 at South Alabama ... he was 4-for-5 with four runs and five RBI in the game ... it was UA's third cycle this season ... Kent Matthes (vs. Nicholls State, Feb. 24) and Jake Smith (Samford, April 15) also recorded cycles for the Tide ... tied a career-high with five RBI at USA ... two hits and two RBI at Mississippi State on May 1 ... recorded three hits in series finale at Auburn on May 16, including two-run home run to give UA an 8-0 lead in fourth inning ... Rutledge was the Tide's starting shortstop and hit third in the batting order in all three games against Cuba ... hit .250 (3 for 12) in the series and had one hit in all three games ... he tripled and scored the Tide's first run in game two of the series ... added an RBI single in the Tide's five-run fifth inning in the series finale.
Recorded a phenomenal freshman season ... played and started 61 games for the Crimson Tide and led the team with a .369 (99 for 268) batting average ... second freshman in school history to lead the team in hitting ... David Magadan (.389) led the team as a rookie in 1981 ... Rutledge's .369 average is also the second-highest batting average by an Alabama freshman ... recorded 99 hits, the most by an Alabama freshman and the 10th highest-total in school history ... led UA in hitting (.369), runs scored (62), hits (99), stolen bases (16) and multi-hit games (31) ... also led all SEC hitters with 91 hits during the regular season and paced the league with 56 hits in 30 conference games ... led UA with .406 (54 for 133) batting average in 30 SEC games ... led the Tide in SEC play in hitting (.406), hits (54), on-base percentage (.452), multi-hit games (17) and stolen bases (3) ... his .406 conference batting average was second only South Carolina All-American and first-round draft pick, Justin Smoak ... 2008 Freshman All-American selection by Collegiate Baseball newspaper ... Freshman All-SEC selection by SEC head coaches ... hit safely in 53 of 61 games ... went hitless in back-to-back games only once against Coastal Carolina (May 31) and East Carolina (June 1) in the final two games of the season ... also hit safely in 28 of 30 SEC games ... UA's leading hitter against Ole Miss (.636) and Auburn (.727) ... also leading hitter in February (.391), March (.363) and April (.422) ... after going hitless in his UA debut against Cal Poly on Feb. 22, Rutledge rebounded to hit safely in his next eight games ... batted .500 (18 for 36) in those eight games and scored 11 runs ... posted six multi-hit games in eight-game stretch from Feb. 23-March 5 ... posted back-to-back four-hit games against Nevada (Feb. 29) and Dallas Baptist (March 1) at the 2008 Southwest Diamond Classic in Frisco, Texas ... named to the Southwest Diamond Classic All-Tournament team, after hitting .693 (9 for 13) and six runs scored helping UA to the championship ... batted .444 (4 for 9) in two-game series with Troy (March 4-5) with back-to-back two-hit games ... hit .538 (7 for 13) with four runs and three multi-hit games against No. 4 Vanderbilt (March 21-23) ... leading hitter against No. 15 Ole Miss with a .636 (7 for 11) average, including back-to-back three-hit games on March 28-29 ... went 3 for 4 with three runs and season-high three RBI vs. Mississippi Valley State (April 8) ... hit .467 (7 for 15) in three-game series at Tennessee (April 12-13), with two, three-hit games ... hit .412 (5 for 12) against Mississippi State (April 19-20), including back-to-back two hit games in the April 19 double header ... scored a season-high three runs in UA's 21-7 win in series opener ... named SEC Freshman of the Week after hitting .727 (8 for 11) against arch-rival Auburn (April 25-27) with two RBI and four runs scored ... tied season high with four hits and two RBI in UA's 17-7 series-clinching win over the Tigers ... hit .357 (5 for 14) in the Tide's first road series win at Arkansas on May 2-4, including back-to-back two-hit games to open the series ... posted Alabama freshman record 28-game hitting streak (March 26-May 10), where he batted .430 (52 for 121) with 27 runs, five doubles, one triple and 19 RBI ... the 28-game hitting streak broke the freshman record of 27 games set by David Magadan in 1981 ... the 28-game streak was the third longest in school history ... logged 15 multi-hit games during the streak ... posted school record 23-game SEC hitting streak from March 21-April 11, where he batted .459 (45 for 98) with 22 runs, four doubles, one triple and 10 RBI ... tallied 13 multi-hit games during his SEC hitting streak ... posted 15-game hitting streak at the Joe from March 21-May 11, where he batted .525 (31 for 59) with 19 runs, five doubles, one triple and 13 RBI ... had 10 multi-hit games during the home hitting streak ... capped an incredible regular-season by going 6 for 16 (.375) against No. 7 Georgia with five runs scored and two RBI ... had two hits and scored two runs in UA's 17-13 series-opening win on May 16 ... added three hits and two runs scored in series-clinching win on May 17 ... Rutledge singled and scored winning run in ninth inning off Georgia's All-American closer Joshua Fields in the series finale ... he was 5 for 16 (.313) at SEC Tournament with two doubles, two RBI and five runs scored ... he was 2 for 3 with two runs scored against No. 1 seed Georgia ... honed his skills that summer in the prestigious wooden-bat Cape Cod League, where he played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox ... played in 41 games for the Red Sox and earned starts at shortstop (23), outfield (19), second base (6) and third base (3) ... hit .294 (48 for 163) with one home run and 10 RBI ... wrapped up the summer with 13 extra base hits, including nine doubles and three triples, and scored a team-high 26 runs ... also paced the Red Sox with 48 hits.
A 2007 graduate of Cullman High School where he was a four-year starter for Coach Bryan Bowen ... hit .445 with 17 home runs and 102 RBI during his junior and senior seasons ... was a two-time All-State selection (2006 and 2007) ... played in consecutive Class 5A state championship series (2006 and 2007) at Montgomery's Riverwalk Stadium ... hit .454 with 12 home runs and 69 RBI as a senior ... a 2007 First-Team All-State selection by The Birmingham News and the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... the 2007 Class 5A Player of the Year by The Birmingham News and the ASWA ... a member of the 2007 Birmingham News Super All-State Team ... led the Bearcats to a 48-7 record and a top 20 national ranking by USA Today and Baseball America in 2007 ... helped the team to the Class 5A State Championship with a two-game sweep against Bibb County High School, Cullman's first state title since 2002 ... went 3-for-7 (.429) at the plate in the championship series with one run scored, two RBI and three walks ... earned a save (0.1 IP) in Cullman's 5-4 win in game one ... as a junior in 2006, he hit .436 with five home runs and 33 RBI, a .602 slugging percentage and a .497 on-base mark ... led the Bearcats to a 37-13 overall record that season ... collected four hits and two RBI in the 2006 Class 5A state championship series as Cullman finished as the runner-up to Stanhope Elmore ... named the 2006 Cullman High School Offensive Player of the Year ... was selected to play in the 2006 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) North-South All-Star game ... played in the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Star Showcase in Troy, Ala. ... a three-time National Honor Society selection ... a member of Cullman HS Key Club ... played summer ball for American Legion Post 15 under coaches Nathan Brownlow and Alan Lang.
Full name is Joshua Alan Rutledge ... son of Tony and Cheryl Rutledge ... has one older brother, Michael, who played baseball at Mississippi State (2005-07) and Samford (2008) ... both Josh (2007) and Michael (2002) won state championships at Cullman High School.