Alabama Baseball Begins Final Homestand with Troy on Tuesday

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Taylor Dugas has a .343 average this season to lead the Crimson Tide
Taylor Dugas has a .343 average this season to lead the Crimson Tide

May 14, 2012

UA Game Notes_Troy

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama will play its final non-conference mid-week game on Tuesday, May 15 when it hosts Troy at 6:05 p.m., at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide is 18-33 overall and Troy enters the game with a 24-27 overall record.

All games for the 2012 season will be broadcast on the Crimson Tide Sports Network. Tuesday's game against Troy can be heard on WFFN-FM 95.3. Chris Stewart and Lee Tracey will provide the radio commentary for the Troy game. The audio and video broadcast, along with live stats will be available at

TUESDAY               W-L  ERA   G/GS  IP    H   R   ER  BB  SO
UA-Taylor Guilbeau    3-2  5.79  14/7  42.0  44  29  27  31  33

Following the Kentucky weekend, Taylor Dugas jumped Ben Moore for the team batting lead with a .343 average. Dugas had four hits last week to increase his school record to 329 career hits. He is now third all-time in the Southeastern Conference in hits. This season, Dugas leads the Tide in average, runs (39), hits (66), doubles (12), triples (6), walks (22), hit by pitches (18), and slugging percentage (.497).

Ben Moore is second on the team with a .339 average, which is 11th best overall in the SEC. Moore is hitting .340 during conference games, to rank sixth in the SEC. Moore is tied with Jared Reaves for second on the team with 62 hits, is second with 10 doubles and third with 28 RBI. Reaves and Brett Booth are tied for the team lead with four home runs and 31 RBI each  Reaves is fourth on the team with a .317 average.

James Tullidge has started the last 25 games, and after collecting seven hits in the Kentucky series, he's hitting .337 for the season, which is third on the squad. Tullidge leads the team with a .457 on-base percentage and his .355 average during SEC games is also a team-high. Tullidge has a six-game hitting streak going, and is hitting .476 (10-21) during that stretch.

Troy enters Tuesday's game with a 24-27 overall record after winning two of three games against Louisiana-Monroe this past weekend.  The Trojans have won four of their last five games, which includes two wins against Louisiana-Lafayette.  As a team, Troy is hitting .271 for the season, while averaging 9.5 hits and 6.4 runs per game. The Trojans' pitching staff has a 4.86 ERA, while allowing a .278 opponent's batting average.

The top hitter for Troy is first baseman Logan Pierce with a .360 batting average.  Pierce leads the team with 71 hits, is second with 15 doubles, and third with 44 runs scored, five home runs and 43 RBI. Danny Collins leads the team with 11 home runs and is second on the squad with 47 RBI. Boone Shear has a team leading 52 RBI, and is second on the squad with a .330 batting average and nine home runs.

Thomas Austin and Nate Hill lead the Trojans with 30 appearances this season, all coming out of the bullpen.  Austin leads the team with a 2.21 ERA in 61.0 innings pitched. Nate Hill leads the team with five wins, while averaging one strikeout per inning pitched. Joe Hernandez and Tyler Ray have four wins each. Ray has a team-leading 67 strikeouts in a team-high 88.0 innings pitched.

In a series that dates back to 1941, Tuesday's game between Alabama and Troy will be the 26th meeting all-time. When the teams met at Troy on March 20, the Trojans posted a 9-0 victory over the Crimson Tide. Following the loss to Troy earlier this season, the Tide holds a 17-8 advantage in the series. In the last meeting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama posted a 6-5 victory in 11 innings on March 8, 2011. Alabama is 13-2 against the Trojans when playing in Tuscaloosa. The only homes losses to Troy came in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Alabama has won the last three games played in Tuscaloosa (2008, 2009, and 2011). Alabama holds a 3-2 record in the last five games against the Trojans. Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard is 1-2 all-time against Troy.

Senior Day for Alabama will be on Friday night of the Georgia series. Prior to the start of Friday night's game, UA will honor eight seniors; Taylor Dugas, Nathan Kennedy, Josh Rosecrans, Jon Kelton, Hunter Gregory, Jared Reaves, James Tullidge, and Jason Zylstra.

The Crimson Tide returns to SEC play on Thursday, May 17 with game one of a three-game series against Georgia at 6:35 p.m. CT.  The series continues with game two on Friday at 6:35 p.m. and wraps up on Saturday with a 1:05 p.m. game.

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