May 18, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama starting pitcher Jon Keller tossed 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing five hits while walking none to go along with a career-high tying six strikeouts, to lead the Crimson Tide to a 4-0 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs on Senior Night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the victory Alabama improves to 20-34 overall and 8-21 in Southeastern Conference play, while Georgia falls to 31-23 and 14-14 in the SEC.
“I thought tonight it was really one of our best games all year,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “Jon Keller was outstanding. He’s pitched really well, for the most part, all year and tonight he got a little run support, he was able to stretch an extra inning and he got support in the back of the game from Jake Hubbard. I thought it was a clean game and that we played really well all night long.”
Keller (2-5) threw a career-high 106 pitches, 67 of which were for strikes, allowing just two Georgia batters to advance past first base, and none past second. Jake Hubbard pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth, striking out two while allowing no hits in his team-leading 29th appearance of the year.
Taylor Dugas totaled a 2-for-4 night at the plate with one run scored and one RBI, including the 18th triple of his career, adding to his UA record set earlier this season. Dugas also notched the 232nd run of his career, placing him one run behind Brent Boyd for second place on the all-time career runs list.
James Tullidge continued his hot hitting at the plate, registering a 2-for-3, one run effort to stretch his team-leading hitting streak to nine games. Ben Moore and Hunter Gregory each added a pair of hits and a collective three RBI on the night for the Tide.
“You go right down the line and all the seniors contributed,” Gaspard said. “Hunter Gregory had some big hits, Dugas continues on contributing. I thought across the board the seniors played well and certainly contributed to the win tonight.”
The Crimson Tide got on the scoreboard first, plating two runs in the bottom of the third inning to grab an early 2-0 advantage. Gregory led off with a single, stole second then scored on Dugas’ RBI- triple for the first run. Following an out, Moore singled home Dugas with a sharp line drive to right field to make it 2-0 after three frames of play.
Alabama added to the lead an inning later, scoring two runs on the strength of a two-out, two-RBI double by Gregory to push the score to 4-0.
From there Keller held UGA scoreless for the next three innings before giving way to Hubbard, who shut the door on the Bulldogs over the final two innings.
Alabama will play its final game of the year on Saturday in the rubber match of the three-game series between the Tide and Bulldogs. Alabama will send right hander Charley Sullivan (2-3, 4.98) to the hill while UGA will counter with freshman righty Luke Crumley (3-2, 4.05). First pitch from Sewell-Thomas Stadium is set for 1:05 p.m.
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