Baseball Eliminated from Tallahassee Regional
June 6, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2011 season for the Alabama baseball team came to an end with an 11-1 loss to the No. 6-ranked Florida State Seminoles in the championship game of the Tallahassee Regional from Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium on Monday. The Crimson Tide allowed a season-high 19 hits to the top-seeded team in the regional.
Alabama (35-28) had five hits in the game, with the only run coming off the bat of Taylor Dugas when he hit a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning. Dugas was 2-for-4 and hit his team-leading eighth home run of the season. Brett Booth, Andrew Miller and Brandt Hendricks also had a hit for the Tide.
“First of all, we want to congratulate Florida State, they were tremendous over the past couple days,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “With our group, this was a really good year. We went through a lot, had a number of injuries, our team really improved throughout the course of the year and made a run deep into the regional. I’m really proud of our team.”
Alabama had four players selected to the Tallahassee Regional All-Tournament Team. Center fielder Taylor Dugas and shortstop Jared Reaves were the two position players on the team, while pitchers Nathan Kilcrease and Jonathan Smart were all-tournament selections.
Starting pitcher Adam Windsor took the loss to drop to 3-3 on the year after allowing three runs in the second inning. Officially, Windsor threw 1.0 innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits with two walks. Florida State (45-17) starter Mike McGee got the win to improve to 4-3 on the year, after throwing 5.0 innings, allowing one run on three hits. Scott Sitz threw the final 4.0 innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits with two strikeouts to earn his first save of the season.
Florida State scored three times in the second inning off Windsor, who left the game without retiring a batter in the second inning. FSU got an RBI double from shortstop Justin Gonzalez and a RBI single from Taiwan Easterling in the inning.
Alabama’s first hit of the game came in the third inning when Dugas singled up the middle off McGee.
The Seminoles added to their lead in the fourth, scoring three times off Brett Whitaker. After a sac fly plated the first run, a double by McGee to the gap in left-center field pushed across two more for a 6-0 deficit. The lead reached 8-0 when a sac fly by Rafael Lopez drove in Stuart Tapley and a double to left-center by McGee plated Easterling.
“For this ballgame, this game goes back to two nights ago,” Gaspard said. “With our pitching staff, we don’t have the depth with our injuries to come through the loser’s bracket. It made it really difficult. I thought our guys competed and battled really hard all the way to the end.”
Alabama got on the scoreboard when Dugas homered for the eighth time this season, over the right field fence to make the score 8-1. Following the Dugas home run, play was halted at 7:45 p.m. ET and was finally suspended at approximately 9 p.m. ET. When play resumed at noon ET on Monday, FSU pitcher Scott Sitz needed nine pitches to retire the Crimson Tide in order in the seventh.
UA’s Trey Pilkington took over on the mound for Josh Rosecrans, who threw 1.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Pilkington lasted 2.0 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with one strikeout. Tucker Hawley recorded the final three outs for Alabama.
In the seventh inning, FSU designated hitter Mike McGee doubled off the fence in right field, but UA second baseman Josh Sanders made a great relay throw home to cut down Lopez at home. In the eighth inning, FSU’s Jayce Boyd hit a two run home run to make the score 10-1, and the final run came across when Sherman Johnson scored from first on a double by Gonzalez.