Game Notes: Sunday vs. Georgia Tech (Atlanta Regional)



June 7, 2010

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*Alabama won two elimination games on Sunday afternoon with wins over Mercer and Georgia Tech. Alabama had not won two elimination games in the same NCAA Regional since beating Nevada and Stanford at the 2000 Palo Alto (Calif.) Regional hosted by the Stanford Cardinal.

*Alabama and Georgia Tech will meet in a winner-take-all championship game on Monday, June 7 at 6:06 p.m. (CDT). The 2010 NCAA Atlanta Regional marks the Tide's 14th NCAA Regional championship appearance and first since 2006. Alabama is 6-7 in its previous 13 title games with victories in 1950, 1983, 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2006.

*Alabama has not won an NCAA Regional on the road since beating Miami and Florida State to capture the 1983 South Regional at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.

*The Crimson Tide won its 40th game of the season on Sunday night, its first 40-win season since the 2006 SEC Championship team posted a 44-21 record.

*Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard has had three 40-win seasons in his seven-year head coaching career. Gaspard had two 40-win seasons at Northwestern State in 2002 (43-17) and 2005 (41-20). Gaspard's 40 wins are the second-most by a first-year coach in Alabama history. Former head coach Jim Wells led the Tide to a 42-23 record in his rookie season in 1995.

*Alabama sophomore center fielder Taylor Dugas homered on the first pitch of the game to give Alabama a 1-0 lead. It was the first leadoff home run by an Alabama player since Emeel Salem's leadoff home run against Georgia State on Feb. 27, 2007, at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

*Dugas' leadoff home run was the first by Alabama in an NCAA Regional game since David Tidwell led off the game with home run against Southern Cal on May 25, 1997, at Tuscaloosa. In fact, Tidwell and Joe Caruso hit back-to-back home runs to open the game as Alabama advanced to the College World Series with a 9-8 win over USC.

*Alabama hit three home runs in the first inning against Georgia Tech, its first three home run inning of the season. Dugas, senior third baseman Jake Smith and sophomore left fielder Jon Kelton all homered in the inning. Smith and Kelton hit back-to-back home runs, marking the second time this season the Tide has done that. Senior first baseman Clay Jones and Smith hit back-to-back homers against Mississippi Valley State on April 27, 2010.