Kindred's Big Night Beats No. 23 SE Louisiana, 10-5

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April 14, 2010

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HAMMOND, La. – Alabama scored eight runs with two outs and got a huge night at the plate from junior designated hitter David Kindred en route to a 10-5 win over No. 23 Southeastern Louisiana in front 2,108 fans at a jam-packed Pat Kennelly Diamond in Hammond on Wednesday night.

The Crimson Tide (22-12) scored eight of its 10 runs on five two-out hits in the win over the Lions. Kindred accounted for four of those runs with a huge night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with one home run and a career-high four RBI. He knocked in the Tide’s first four runs in the game as he staked Alabama to a 4-0 lead in the third inning. 

“It’s huge to do that early in the game as we try and build a lead and the pitchers are trying to get comfortable on the mound,” Kindred said. “It was good to get that lead early.”

The former American Christian Academy standout ripped a two-out, bases-loaded single in the first inning to score junior shortstop Josh Rutledge and senior first baseman Clay Jones to put the Tide up 2-0. Rutledge stroked a one-out single up the middle and the Tide loaded the bases with a pair of two-out walks by Jones and junior second baseman Ross Wilson. Kindred followed with a two-run single up the middle to give the Tide an early lead.

Kindred extended the lead to 4-0 in the third inning with a two-run, inside-the-park home run off the wall in right-center field. Jones drew a one-out walk and scored on Kindred’s two-run home run off the wall in right-center field. It was his first career home run.

“First of all, I had to hit it in the perfect place,” Kindred said of his inside-the-park home run. “I hit it off the wall and the right fielder and center fielder collided. As I rounded second, I had a feeling I would be sent home and (third base) Coach (Bobby) Barbier gave me the green light. I was hoping he would shove me home because I was running on fumes.  It was good to get that first home run and it kind of got a little momentum going for us tonight.”

Southeastern Louisiana (27-8) took advantage of a catcher’s interference call against junior Cody Trotter to plate four unearned runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 4-4. Justin Cryer led off the inning with a single to right field before Chad Gough-Fortenberry popped up to right field for the first out, but Gough-Fortenberry was awarded first base on catcher’s interference by Trotter.

With runners at first and second and no outs, Cass Hargis drew a walk to load the bases. Alabama then traded two runs for two outs as Justin Boudreaux and Jeff Harkensee plated runs with ground outs to cut the lead to 4-2. Cody Gougler then followed with a two-run home run to left-center field to tie the game at 4-4. It was his fourth home run of the season.
 
Alabama came right back with a two more two-out runs in the fourth to retake the lead at 6-4. Freshman right fielder Andrew Miller lined a one-out single up the middle and sophomore center fielder Taylor Dugas followed with a double off the base of the left field wall to put runners on second and third with one out. After Rutledge lined out to second baseman Brock Hebert, sophomore left fielder Jon Kelton followed with a two-out single up the middle to give the Tide a 6-4 lead.

The Crimson Tide batted around in the seventh inning and scored three runs on three hits to take a 9-4 lead. Jones smashed a 2-0 fastball over the wall in left field to extend the Tide’s lead to 7-4. It was his team-leading seventh home run of the season. Wilson followed with a walk and moved to second on Kindred’s sacrifice bunt. Senior third baseman Jake Smith added an RBI double to left to score Wilson and make it 8-4. After a ground out by Trotter, Miller knocked in another run with a two-out single as Smith scored to give Alabama a 9-4 lead.

The Lions cut into the lead with a run in the seventh inning on a ground out by Harkensee to pull the Lions to within 9-5. After a pair of two-out walks to load the bases, Hebert came to the plate representing the tying run, but UA junior right-hander Nathan Kilcrease got a called third strike to end the inning as the Lions left the bases loaded.

Kilcrease retired seven of the eight batters he faced for his third save of the season. He allowed one hit and struck out three SLU batters.

Alabama freshman Tucker Hawley worked three scoreless innings for his first collegiate win. He allowed three hits and matched his season high with four strikeouts.

SLU reliever Stefan Lopez (1-1) took the loss for the Lions. He allowed two runs and three hits in two innings of work.

UA tacked on an insurance run in the ninth when Dugas drew a two-out walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Matt Taylor. Taylor stole second and third base and scored on Rutledge’s two-out infield hit to make the final score 10-5.

Alabama continues this four-game road trip with a three-game series at LSU, beginning Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m. (CDT) at Alex Box Stadium.

GAME NOTES
*Alabama improved to 4-5 this season against ranked teams and will play 17 teams currently ranked in the top 100 RPI.

*Alabama scored eight runs of its 10 runs against SLU with two outs. Junior DH David Kindred had four two-out RBI and sophomore left fielder Jon Kelton added a pair of two-out RBI. Freshman right fielder Andrew Miller and senior first baseman Clay Jones had one two-out RBI each.

*Kindred had another big night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with one home run and a career-high four RBI. He stroked a two-out, two-run single to give Alabama a 2-0 lead in the first inning and a two-out, two-run, inside-the-park home run in the fourth as the Crimson Tide took a 4-0 lead.

*Kindred had a base-loaded single in the first inning to give Alabama a 2-0 lead. It was his first hit in four attempts this season with the bases loaded.

*Kindred hit his first career home run this season, a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the third inning that gave Alabama a 2-0 lead. It is believed to be the first time in Alabama history that a UA player hit an inside-the-park home run for his first career home run.

*The inside-the-park home run was the first by an Alabama player since Kent Matthews recorded one against Troy on Feb. 14, 2007 in Tuscaloosa.

*Jones tied the Alabama single-game record with four walks. He was 1-for-2 with four walks in the game, including a solo home run in the seventh inning.

*Junior shortstop Josh Rutledge singled and scored in the first inning on Tuesday night to extend his road hitting streak to 13 games this season. He is the only UA player to hit safely in all 13 road games in 2010.