Saturday, February 26, 2005
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama pitching continued to shine for the second game of Saturday's double header against the Duquesne Dukes, as T.J. Large and David Robertson combined to allow the Dukes only 2 hits and a run, striking out a combined 14 Duquesne batters.
It didn't take the Tide long to jump on the scoreboard. In the bottom of the first, first baseman Evan Bush hit a sacrifice fly to left center to drive in lead off man Emeel Salem.
In the bottom of the third, senior second baseman Allen Rice doubled to left center to give Salem his second run of the game. Evan Bush then recorded his second RBI of the game, driving in Rice to make the score 3-0 Bama.
After Duquesne jumped on the board in the top of the fourth, Tide fans saw a familiar sight in the bottom of the seventh, as Bush hit his second sacrifice fly of the evening, once again driving in Salem to make the score 4-1 Bama. Bush tied the Alabama single game record with two sacrifice flies in one game, a record Bush has tied twice before Saturday night's game.
Bush went 3 for 5 with a home run and 5 RBI in the double header. 3 of those 5 RBI came in game 2. Salem went 3 for 5 with 3 runs in game 2. T.J. Large picked up his third win of the season, throwing 7 innings and allowing 2 hits and 1 run. He struck out 11. David Robertson picked up his first save of the season, throwing 2 no hit innings and striking out 3 Duquesne Batters.
Alabama Head Coach Jim Wells was pleased with the Tide's pitching performance in both games tonight. "T.J. pitched well," said Wells, "Robertson pitched well. The four guys that threw in both games did really well. Even though we are not hitting a lot, there were numerous opportunities where if we had a hit, the score would have looked better. We didn't get a hit in 3 or 4 opportunities with runners on second and third or when the bases were loaded. It was a positive that those four guys (Wade LeBlanc, Jordan Davis, T.J. Large, and David Robertson) pitched well."
The sweep improved Alabama's record to 8-3. Duquesne falls to 0-3.
Alabama will continue its 16-game home stand Wednesday, March 2 when the Tide takes on in- state rival Samford Bulldogs in the Business Person's Special. Admission will be $1 for everyone who attends.
ALABAMA GAME NOTES:
*Alabama swept a double head with Duquesne, winning 6-1 and 4-1. The Crimson Tide has played three double headers this season and has two sweeps. Bama and DU played a double header on Saturday due to the forecast of heavy rains and thunderstorms predicted for Tuscaloosa on Sunday.
*Alabama's 6-1 win in the opener was coach Jim Wells 650th game with the Crimson Tide.
*Alabama has won 32 consecutive home, non-conference series after its sweep of Duquesne this weekend.
*Alabama has won seven of its last eight games this season to improve to 8-3 after 11 games.
*Bama has trailed seven of its 11 games this season after falling behind 1-0 in the third inning of game one today.
*Junior Evan Bush hit his first home run of the season as he cranked a 3-1 fast ball over the left field wall in the bottom of the fourth inning in the opener. Bush's ninth career home run tied the game at 1-1.
*Bush went 3-for-5 in the double header on Saturday, with one home run and five RBI. In the second game of the twinbill, he tied his own school record with two sac flies in the 4-1 win over the Dukes.
*Senior Morrow Thomley extended his hitting streak to nine games with a fourth inning infield single in game one. Thomley was 2-for-4 with one double and two RBI in the opener. He did not play the nightcap.
*The Alabama pitching staff was solid this weekend against Duquesne. In 27 innings, the Tide allowed only three earned runs and nine hits, with seven walks and 44 strikeouts. The Crimson Tide recorded at least 10 strikeouts in all three games.
*Sophomore left-hander Wade LeBlanc earned his first win of the 2005 season with seven strong innings in the opener. LeBlanc allowed one unearned run and two hits, with two walks and a career-high 15 strikeouts.
*Junior right-hander T.J. Large worked seven innings in the nightcap and allowed one run and two hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts. Large is 3-0 this season for the Tide and has logged 28 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings.
*Rocky Scelfo was hit by a pitch three times in the double header. After going 4-for-4 on Friday night, Scelfo was 6-for-10 in the series with six runs scored, one double, one home run and two RBI.
*Allen Rice batted .500 (5-for-10) in the weekend series against Duquesne to extend his hitting streak to six games. He tallied an RBI double in the opener and added one more hit in the nightcap.
*Freshman right-hander David Robertson (2 IP, 3 K) earned his first career save with a pair of scoreless innings in game two.