May 11, 2012
LEXINGTON, KY. – The Alabama baseball team dropped the series opener to the seventh-ranked Kentucky Wildcats, 4-2, on Friday night from Cliff Hagan Stadium. With the loss, Alabama falls to 18-31 overall and 7-18 in Southeastern Conference play. The Wildcats improve to 39-11, 16-9 in conference play.
Due to impending weather on Sunday, Alabama and Kentucky will play a doubleheader on Saturday. Game two of the series will begin as scheduled at 1 p.m. CT, and will be televised on Fox Sports South. The series finale will begin 45 minutes after the conclusion of game one of the doubleheader.
Kentucky starting pitcher Taylor Rogers (6-3) limited the Crimson Tide to two runs on seven hits in seven innings of work to earn the win. Rogers, who walked one batter and struck out four, improved to 6-3 on the season as he earned his first conference victory of the season. UK’s Alex Phillips threw two scoreless innings in relief to close out the game to record his sixth save of the season
Alabama starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull (2-5) took the loss after having his shortest outing as a starter. Turnbull could not get out of the third inning, as he lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing four runs on three hits with four walks, a hit batter and two strikeouts.
Taylor Dugas had two of Alabama’s seven hits, finishing the night 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored. Jared Reaves was also 2-for-4 with an RBI, James Tullidge extended his hit streak to four games with a third-inning single and Josh Rosecrans had his fourth double of the season in the sixth.
Kentucky got on the scoreboard first, scoring two runs on a two-out, two RBI double by Thomas McCarthy in the second inning. Alabama answered in the top of the third with two runs, thanks to an RBI single by Reaves and a sacrifice fly by Austen Smith, knotting the score at 2-2.
The Wildcats loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the third inning, then scored two runs on a pair of ground outs to take a 4-2 lead. Both teams were held scoreless for the final six innings of the game.
Justin Kamplain came on with two outs in the third and held the SEC’s third best hitting team to no runs on four hits in 4.0 innings of work. Kamplain did allow two batters to reach in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, pitching out of jams in all three innings. Jay Shaw got the final four outs for the Tide, throwing 1.1 innings without allowing a hit, while recording one strikeout.
The game two starters are left-hander Jon Keller (1-5, 4.14) for Alabama and lefty Jerad Grundy (4-2, 4.08) for Kentucky. UA’s Charley Sullivan (2-2, 5.03) will battle UK’s Corey Littrell (7-0, 2.30) in the final game of the series.
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