NCAA Super Regional: Alabama Travels to Clemson
June 10, 2010
ALABAMA GAME NOTES vs. CLEMSON TIGERS
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network
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TODAY'S GAME: Fresh off its 2010 Atlanta Regional Championship, Alabama remains on the road to face the Clemson Tigers in the 2010 NCAA Super Regional at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C. The best-of-three series will be played Saturday, June 12 (5 p.m., CDT), Sunday, June 13 (6 p.m., CDT) and Monday, June 14 (TBA). The series opener will be televised by ESPNU, while games two and three will be shown on ESPN 2, with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Ben McDonald (analyst) describing the action. The Alabama-Clemson winner will advance to the 2010 College World Series in Omaha, Neb., and will take on the Arizona State-Arkansas Super Regional winner in a first-round game at historic Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium. Alabama (41-23) defeated national No. 8 seed Georgia Tech 10-8 on Monday, June 7, to capture the NCAA Atlanta Regional. Alabama has now won seven NCAA Regional championships, including 1950, 1983, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2006 and 2010. The win at the Atlanta Regional marked the first time since 1983 that Alabama won a regional on the road. The Crimson Tide defeated Miami, Florida State and Miami to capture the 1983 South Regional championship at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. Junior right-hander Nathan Kilcrease was named the Most Outstanding Player after posting two wins over Elon and Georgia Tech, where he threw 206 pitches in 13 innings for the Tide. Junior second baseman Ross Wilson, junior shortstop Josh Rutledge, senior third baseman Jake Smith and sophomore center fielder Taylor Dugas earned Atlanta Regional All-Tournament team accolades. Alabama enters the Super Regional having won 12 of its last 14 games. Clemson (41-22) advanced to the Super Regional after winning the 2010 Auburn (Ala.) Regional. The Tigers posted a 3-1 record and defeated Southern Miss and Auburn (twice). After losing to Auburn in game six, Clemson bounced back with 13-7 win in the championship game to advance to play the Crimson Tide this weekend.
HEAD COACH Mitch Gaspard: Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard is 41-23 (.640) in his first season as the Crimson Tide's head coach. He has guided Alabama to the 2010 NCAA Atlanta Regional championship and is one win away from tying Jim Wells' school record for wins by a first-year head coach. Wells led the Tide to a 42-23 record in 1995. Overall, Gaspard has compiled a 252-153 (.622) record in seven seasons as a head coach. He was named the school's 30th head coach on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, replacing Wells, who retired after 15 seasons. Gaspard begins his 10th overall season with the Crimson Tide baseball program this spring, after serving two stints as an assistant coach under Wells from 1995-2001 and 2008-09, where he helped land some of the nation's top recruiting classes. Gaspard spent six years as the head coach at Northwestern State, where he compiled a 211-128 (.622) record from 2002-07. He led the Demons to a pair of Southland Conference championships, one SLC Tournament title and a berth into the 2005 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.
TOURNAMENT TESTED: Alabama has recorded 25 wins and played 42 games against teams in the 2010 NCAA Baseball Tournament. The Crimson Tide compiled a 25-17 (.595) slate and recorded key series wins against Auburn, College of Charleston, Minnesota, Mississippi and Vanderbilt. The complete list of opponents to make this year's tournament field includes Arkansas (0-3), Auburn (3-2), Elon (1-0), College of Charleston (2-1), Florida (2-2), Georgia Tech (2-1), Jacksonville State (2-0), LSU (0-4), Mercer (1-0), Minnesota (2-0), Mississippi (3-1), South Carolina (1-2), Stony Brook (4-0) and Vanderbilt (2-1). Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley), LSU (SEC), Minnesota (Big 10) and Stony Brook (America East) were all automatic qualifiers.
NATIONAL SEEDS: Alabama compiled a 4-3 record this season against the top eight national seeds. The Crimson Tide was 2-1 against No. 8 Georgia Tech and posted a 2-2 mark against No. 4 seed Florida.
SUPER REGIONAL FOES: Alabama has played 14 games this season against teams that advanced to this week's NCAA Super Regional. The list includes Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Alabama went 6-8 against those four teams.
FAB FIVE: Alabama is one of five SEC teams to advance to this weekend's NCAA Super Regional. Joining Alabama are Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. The five Super Regional teams are the most by any conference. The ACC had four teams, including Clemson, Florida State, Miami and Virginia. The SEC and ACC account for nine of the 16 teams still playing for a national championship.
FINAL FOUR: Alabama is one of four teams to have its football team finish in the top 10 in the final polls and have its baseball team playing in the NCAA Super Regional. Alabama went 14-0 this past season and won the BCS National Championship under head Nick Saban. Alabama beat Texas 37-21 in the BCS Championship Game in Pasadena. The other three teams to finish in the Top 10 in football and send a team to the Super Regional are Florida, TCU and Texas.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY: Alabama played in its 21st NCAA Regional at the 2010 Atlanta Regional last week. The Crimson Tide owns a 63-40 (.612) NCAA Tournament record, which includes Regional, Super Regional and College World Series play. Alabama played its 100th NCAA postseason game and its 75th NCAA Regional game on Saturday, June 5 against Georgia Tech.
*The Crimson Tide owns a 50-28 (.641) record in NCAA Regional play since its postseason debut in 1947. Alabama's 10-8 win over No. 8 Georgia Tech in the 2010 NCAA Atlanta Regional championship game was the program's 50th NCAA Regional victory.
*Alabama has played in 14 NCAA Regional championship games in its history and has captured seven NCAA Regional titles, after winning the 2010 NCAA Atlanta Regional last weekend. The regional titles occurred in 1950, 1983, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2006 and 2010.
*Alabama has hosted NCAA Regional in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2006. The Crimson Tide has won four of the five regionals in Tuscaloosa. Alabama is 17-2 (.895) in NCAA Regional play at home, including an 11-game winning streak from 1996-99. The Tide has captured the 1996 NCAA South I Regional, 1997 South II Regional and the 1999, 2002 and 2006 Tuscaloosa Regional.
*Alabama hosted its first ever NCAA Regional in 1996, posting wins over Princeton, South Alabama, Stetson and Virginia en route to its first College World Series berth since 1983. The Tide swept through the 1997 NCAA South II Regional with wins over Troy, Wichita State, North Carolina State and Southern Cal to post its second straight trip to Omaha. The streak continued at the 1999 Tuscaloosa Regional with wins over Navy and Southern Mississippi (twice) to advance to the newly-created NCAA Super Regional.
*The Crimson Tide had its 13-game home NCAA Tournament winning streak snapped with a 7-4 loss to No. 4 seed Southeast Missouri State to open the 2002 Tuscaloosa Regional. Alabama bounced back with wins over Auburn and SE Missouri to advance to the championship game with Florida Atlantic. The Tide posted a 7-2 win in game one, but dropped a 6-5 decision in the "if necessary" game as FAU advanced to the Super Regional against Georgia Tech.
*Alabama swept through the 2006 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional with wins over Jacksonville State and Troy. After an easy win over JSU in the first-round, Alabama posted a hard-fought, 4-3 win over Troy to advance to the title game. UA won its sixth regional title with an easy 14-5 win over the Trojans to advance to its second NCAA Super Regional.
*Alabama has played 14 NCAA Regional away from home, including 1947, 1948, 1950, 1955, 1968, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Crimson Tide has won only three road regionals (1950, 1983 and 2010), including its win over Georgia Tech in the Atlanta Regional last week. It was the Tide's first road regional win since the 1983 South Regional at Dick Hoswer Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. Alabama posted wins over Miami (6-4), Florida State (7-5) and Miami (11-9) to advance to the College World Series for the first time since 1950.
*The Crimson Tide is 33-27 (.560) in NCAA Regionals on the road. Alabama is 4-9 (.308) in actual road games in NCAA Tournament play.
*Alabama's first appearance came in the 1947 South District III Playoffs in Charlotte, N.C. The Crimson Tide came out of the loser's bracket to force the "if necessary" game with Clemson and a shot at the College World Series. Clemson beat Alabama 4-1 in the championship game and advanced to the very first CWS in Kalamazoo, Mich.
*The Crimson Tide made its second straight South NCAA District III Playoff appearance in 1948, also in Charlotte, N.C. After an opening round win over George Washington, Alabama fell to North Carolina and George Washington and was eliminated.
*Alabama captured its first South District III championship in 1950, sweeping Clemson and Wake Forest (twice) in Kannapolis, N.C., to advance to the College World Series for the first time in school history. The 1950 CWS was the first one played in Omaha, Neb.
*The Crimson Tide would lose a best-of-three series with Rollins College in the 1955 South District III Playoffs in Winter Park, Fla. It would be 13 years before the school's next NCAA Regional game.
*Alabama captured the 1968 SEC Championship with a best-of-three series win over Eastern Division champion Florida to advance to the 1968 South District III Playoffs in Gastonia, N.C. The Crimson Tide had to win its final regular season series against LSU in Tuscaloosa to earn a share of SEC Western Division championship. The next day, Alabama beat LSU in a one-game playoff in Baton Rouge to advance to the SEC Championship series. The Crimson Tide lost to North Carolina and Florida State in two games in the 1968 tournament. On the way to Gastonia, N.C., Alabama head coach Joe Sewell arranged for the team to stop off at Fulton County Stadium to see the Atlanta Braves.
*Perhaps the Tide's most impressive regional championship came in 1983 at the South Regional at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., where UA defeated Miami, Florida State and Miami to advance to the College World Series. The four-team field also hosted a very talented South Alabama team, making it one of the top regionals in the nation that year.
*The Crimson Tide got a taste of postseason life at Mark Light Stadium in 1986 and posted a 2-2 record at the Atlantic Regional. Following an opening round loss to South Carolina, the Tide beat Navy and South Carolina before falling to Georgia Tech.
*Alabama was the No. 2 seed at the Atlantic Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., in 1991, losing in the title game to Florida State.
*The Crimson Tide played in 12 NCAA Regional's in 15 years under former head coach Jim Wells. The Crimson Tide owns a 29-14 (.674) record in NCAA Regional play under Coach Wells. Alabama hosted NCAA Regional's in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2006. UA also hosted the 1999 NCAA Super Regional in Tuscaloosa.
*Alabama made a school-record six straight NCAA Regional appearances from 1995-2000. The Tide was the No. 2 seed at the 1995 East Regional at Clemson, where it posted a 4-2 record before falling to the host Tigers in the championship game.
*The Crimson Tide hosted back-to-back NCAA Regional's in 1996 and 1997, earning the No. 1 seed on both tournaments. The 1996 NCAA South I Regional was the first ever postseason tournament held at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Alabama also hosted the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional in 1999 and the first-ever NCAA Super Regional in 1999.
*Alabama posted a 13-game winning streak in home regionals from 1995-1999. The Tide went 4-0 in 1996, 4-0 in 1997 and 3-0 in 1999. Alabama also swept LSU in the 1999 NCAA Super Regional's at the Joe.
*The Tide won the 1996 NCAA South I Regional championship in Tuscaloosa. Alabama, hosting the first-ever NCAA Regional, defeated Princeton, South Alabama, Stetson and Virginia to advance to the CWS.
*Alabama won the 1997 South II Regional in Tuscaloosa to advance to Omaha for the second straight year. The Tide beat Troy State, Wichita State, North Carolina State and Southern Cal to make it back to the CWS.
*UA was the No. 1 seed at the College World Series in 1996 and 1997 to become the first team in CWS history to be seeded first in consecutive World Series.
*The Crimson Tide posted wins over Navy and Southern Miss (twice) to win the 1999 Tuscaloosa Regional and advance to the newly-created NCAA Super Regionals. In the first year of Super Regional play, Alabama swept LSU in the best-of-three series to advance to the CWS for the third time in four years.
*The Crimson Tide made two appearances at the Palo Alto Regional in 1998 and 2000, finishing second to Long Beach State in 1998 and Stanford in 2000.
*Alabama hosted the 2002 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional and finished second to Florida Atlantic. The Tide saw its 13-game home postseason winning streak snapped with an opening round loss to Southeast Missouri State.
*The Crimson Tide played on the road in 2003 and 2005. In 2003, Alabama was the No. 2 seed at Texas A&M and finished third in the regional, marking the first time a Jim Wells-coached team did not reach the finals. In 2005, Alabama was the No. 2 seed at national seed Tulane at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans. UA finished second to the CWS-bound Green Wave.
*Alabama won the 2006 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional, beating Jacksonville State and Troy (twice) to advance to its second NCAA Super Regional. The Crimson Tide lost to No. 5 North Carolina in the best-of-three series. The Tar Heels then finished second in the College World Series.
*The Crimson Tide was the No. 3 seed at the 2008 Conway (S.C.) Regional, its lowest seeding in four-team NCAA Tournament. After a lopsided win over No. 2 East Carolina in the tourney opener, Alabama dropped its next two games to Coastal Carolina and East Carolina to end its season.
*Alabama was the No. 2 seed at last year's NCAA Clemson Regional and went 0-2 against Oklahoma State and Tennessee Tech.
*Alabama also has a 2-2 (.500) in Super Regional play, defeating LSU in 1999 and losing to North Carolina in 2006. Alabama swept LSU in a two-game series in the first NCAA Super Regional in Tuscaloosa to advance to its third College World Series in four years. North Carolina swept Alabama in a two-game NCAA Super Regional in 2006.
*Alabama is 11-10 (.524) all-time record in five College World Series appearances. The Crimson Tide has been the national runner up twice in 1983 and 1997.
*Since 1999, Alabama as been tabbed a national seed three times, including 1999 (No. 5), 2002 (No. 3) and 2006 (No. 4).
*Since 1983, Alabama has been the No. 1 seed five times and the No. 2 seed nine times and the No. 3 seed twice.
NCAA SUPER REGIONAL HISTORY: Alabama has advanced to the NCAA Super Regional's for the third time and the first time since 2006. The Crimson Tide is 2-2 in Super Regional play, with a series win over LSU (1999) and a series loss to North Carolina (2006). The 2010 Super Regional is the first one on the road for the Crimson Tide.
In 1999, Alabama was the No. 5 national seed and swept the best-of-three series from LSU with a pair of lopsided wins. Alabama won the opener 13-6 on June 4, and then punched it ticket to Omaha with a 13-5 win on June 5.
The Crimson Tide scored seven first-inning runs in the opener, highlighted by Erik Smallwood's two-run home run. Alabama added three runs in the second for a comfortable 10-1 lead. G.W. Keller went 4-for-5 with one RBI and Brent Boyd was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Jeremy Brown and Smallwood had two hits each. Manny Torres struck out 10 in seven innings for the win.
Alabama pounded out 21 hits in game two for an easy 13-5 win to advance to the College World Series for the third time in four years. The Tide jumped out to 6-0 lead after four innings and cruised to the win. Sam Bozanich went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and three RBI. He added two doubles. Andy Phillips and Boyd both homered for the Tide. Justin Smith held LSU to three on 10 hits in seven innings and struck out eight.
North Carolina swept Alabama in a best-of-three Super Regional series in Tuscaloosa in 2006. The Tar Heels moved on to the College World Series and lost to Oregon State in the national championship game.
Mike Cavasinni tied a Sewell-Thomas Stadium record with five hits to lead the Tar Heels' 17-hit attack. UNC scored two runs in the first inning of UA ace Wade LeBlanc and built an 8-0 lead after six innings to snap the southpaw's 11-game winning streak.
Josh Horton and Tim Federowicz had one home run and three RBI each for UNC.
Alabama scored all five of its runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Kent Matthes paced the Tide with two hits.
Andrew Miller, the No. 1 pick of the Detroit Tigers, allowed two unearned runs on five hits in seven innings. He struck out 11.
North Carolina posted a dramatic 8-7 win on June 10, 2006 to advance to the College World Series. Chad Flack's two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off David Robertson propelled the Tar Heels to Omaha.
Flack was 3-for-5 in the win over Alabama with two home runs and five RBI. He also scored three runs. Flack hit a three-run home run off Tommy Hunter in a four-run eighth inning to give UNC a short-lived 6-5 lead.
In the Alabama ninth, Alex Avila slammed a go-ahead three-run home run to give the Crimson Tide a 7-6 lead. Avila finished the game with four RBI.
Alabama led 2-0 after two innings and 4-2 after six innings before the offensive fireworks began.
GASPARD SEEKS ROOKIE WIN RECORD: With one more win this season, head coach Mitch Gaspard will tie the school record for most wins by a first-year head coach. Jim Wells holds the UA record with 42 wins, after leading the Crimson Tide to 42-23 in his first season in 1995.
Gaspard is the first Alabama baseball coach to lead his team to an NCAA Regional championship in his first season. The first-year coach led the Crimson Tide to a 4-1 record at the 2010 NCAA Atlanta Regional, which included two wins over No. 8 Georgia Tech.
Gaspard and Wells are the only two coaches in Alabama history to lead his team to the championship game of the SEC Tournament. The Crimson Tide defeated Auburn, Mississippi and Florida to reach this year's championship game, before losing to LSU. Wells directed Alabama to the 1995 SEC Western Division Tournament championship with four last at-bat wins over LSU, Mississippi State, Arkansas and LSU.
2010 REVIEW: Alabama (41-23, 15-15 SEC) enters the NCAA Super Regional's having won 12 of its last 14 games.
The current run began with a 4-1 win over No. 14 Mississippi on May 15 as UA closed the regular season with five straight wins to secure a berth in the SEC Tournament.
The Tide's success has continued in the postseason with a 7-2 record in nine games. Alabama recently captured the 2010 NCAA Atlanta Regional, which included two wins over No. 8 Georgia Tech. Alabama played in the SEC Tournament championship game but suffered a tough 4-3 loss to LSU in 11 innings.
Alabama is hitting .298 (661-for-2216) this season with 62 home runs and 411 RBI. The Tide also has 116 doubles, 67 stolen bases and 50 sacrifice bunts. Alabama is averaging 7.1 runs and 10.4 hits per game.
A total of 31 players have seen action this season for first-year head coach Mitch Gaspard. The list includes 15 position players, 13 pitchers and a trio of two-way players. The Tide has also used 16 first-time players in 2010, including seven true freshmen, three redshirt freshmen and seven transfers.
The list of true freshmen includes outfielder Brett Booth, right-hander Tucker Hawley, outfielder Andrew Miller, pitcher Trey Pilkington, outfielder Matt Taylor, pitcher Adam Windsor and pitcher Taylor Wolfe. The redshirt freshmen include pitcher Kelby Deerman and outfielders Brandt Hendricks and Kent Myer.
Alabama has started 25 different players this season, including 17 different position players and eight pitchers.
Dugas, Rutledge and Jones are the only three players to start all 64 games for the Crimson Tide this season. Dugas and Rutledge are also the only two players to start every game at the same position. Dugas has 64 starts in center field and Rutledge has 64 starts at shortstop. Jones has 64 starts, including 63 at first base and one as the DH.
Smith is next on the list with 61 starts, missing the Jacksonville State (April 7), Mississippi Valley State (April 28) and Florida (May 7) games. Wilson has 59 starts and Kelton has 55 starts.
Alabama has nine players with 20 or more starts this season, including Miller (46), Bennett (41), Booth (24), Kindred (22) and Trotter (18).
Alabama has started 11 different outfielders, nine different pitchers, six designated hitters and three catchers in the first 64 games.
Crimson Tide starters are hitting .296 (624-for-2,110) with 62 home runs and 391 RBI. UA starters hit .291 (298-for-1,025) in SEC play with 30 home runs and 172 RBI.
On the mound, Alabama starters are 23-13 with a 5.00 ERA this season. The starters have worked 317 innings and allowed 195 runs (176 ER) on 359 hits with 256 strikeouts and 94 walks. In SEC play, Tide starters posted a 9-8 record with 6.18 ERA. The starters logged 158 2/3 innings and allowed 120 runs (109 ER) on 202 hits with 118 strikeouts and 55 walks.
Nelson is 8-3 with a 4.00 ERA in 16 starts. He has worked a team-high 101 1/3 innings and allowed 51 runs (45 ER) on 100 hits with 92 strikeouts and 27 walks. Opponents are hitting .258 against the right-hander. He had three straight complete games against Mississippi, Tennessee and Auburn and he tossed back-to-back shutouts against College of Charleston and Stony Brook earlier this season. Nelson also had a string of 16 1/3 scoreless innings from Feb. 27-March 20.
Nelson posted a 4-2 record with a 5.15 ERA in 10 SEC starts. He logged 64 2/3 innings and allowed 43 runs (37 ER) on 70 hits 55 strikeouts and 20 walks against SEC hitters. He tossed his first career complete game and matched his career high with 11 strikeouts in a 4-1 win over Mississippi on May 15.
Morgan is 7-4 with a 5.52 ERA and a SEC-leading 17 starts. He has twirled back-to-back complete games against No. 3 Florida (May 29) and No. 8 Georgia Tech (June 6). He has worked 88 innings and allowed 55 runs (54 ER) on 106 hits with 72 strikeouts and 30 walks. He has wins over three of the SEC most prolific offenses this season, beating Vanderbilt (March 19), Auburn (April 2) and South Carolina (May 1).
He was 3-4 with 7.71 ERA in 10 SEC starts. He worked 49 innings and allowed 43 runs (42 ER) on 72 hits with 33 strikeouts and 19 walks. He has yielded 10 of his 11 home runs in SEC play.
Kilcrease is 4-0 with a 3.18 ERA in five starts against No. 3 Florida, No. 14 Mississippi, Tennessee, No. 21 Mississippi and Elon. He has worked 39 2/3 innings and allowed 16 runs (14 ER) on 32 hits with 23 strikeouts and five walks. His first career SEC start came against Florida on May 8 in the Crimson Tide's 10-8 win. He tossed his first career complete game against Mississippi on May 16 and matched his career high with seven strikeouts. He worked seven innings in an 11-2 win over Elon in his first career NCAA Tournament start on June 4.
The Tide bench is hitting .349 (37-for-106) with 28 runs scored, four doubles and 20 RBI.
Redshirt freshman outfielder Brandt Hendricks is hitting .368 (7-for-19) off the bench with two runs scored and one RBI. He is also 6-for-13 (.462) as a pinch hitter.
In SEC play, the Tide bench hit .257 (9-for-35) with no extra base hits, seven runs scored and three RBI.
Alabama pinch-hitters are hitting .350 (21-for-60) this season. In SEC play, UA pinch-hitters are just 6-for-20 (.300).
Alabama's bullpen is 18-10 with 15 saves and 4.57 ERA this season. The Tide has used 13 different relievers, including first-year players Kelby Deerman, Pilkington, Jonathan Smart, Matt Taylor, Jason Townsend, Brett Whitaker, Adam Windsor and Taylor Wolfe. Last year, Alabama's bullpen was 11-12 with 11 saves and 5.67 ERA in 58 games.
Kilcrease leads the team and SEC with 28 relief appearances. He is 4-2 with four saves and a 1.86 ERA out of the pen. He threw six innings in relief in the Tide's 10-8 win over No. 8 Georgia Tech in the championship game of the Atlanta Regional on June 7.
In conference games, the bullpen is 6-7 with seven saves and 5.94 ERA in 30 games. The staff has worked 109 innings and allowed 81 runs (72 ER) on 126 hits with 94 strikeouts and 53 walks.
POSTSEASON NOTES: Alabama is 7-2 in its nine postseason games this season ... the Tide is hitting .301 (93-for-309) with 23 extra base hits (12 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR) and 57 RBI ... Alabama is averaging 6.3 runs and 10.3 hits per game ... Wilson is the Tide's leading hitter this postseason with a .448 (13-for-29) average with nine runs scored, one home run and six RBI ... he is also 6-for-6 in stolen bases ... Rutledge is the second-leading hitter with a .375 (15-for-40) with 12 runs scored, two home runs and 10 RBI ... he leads Alabama in hits (15) and runs scored (12) and ranks second in RBI (8) ... Smith has two home runs and a team-leading 13 RBI in nine postseason games ... sophomore LF Jon Kelton has hit safely in eight of nine postseason games and slugged his first career postseason home run on June 6 against Georgia Tech ... the UA pitching staff is 7-2 with three complete games, two saves and a 3.15 ERA this postseason ... sophomore LHP Adam Morgan (2 GS, 2-0, 1.69 ERA, 2 CG) and junior RHP Nathan Kilcrease (3 G, 2 GS, 3-0, 2.53 ERA) have five of the seven wins ... Morgan has two complete games against Florida (May 29) and Georgia Tech (June 6) in his two postseason starts on the mound ... while the starters have logged three complete games, the bullpen has been just as impressive ... the Tide relievers are 2-1 with two saves and a 1.86 ERA in nine games ... they have worked 29 innings and allowed seven runs (6 ER) on 30 hits with 28 strikeouts and nine walks ... UA opponents are hitting .270 against the Tide bullpen this season ... at the Atlanta Regional, the bullpen was 2-0 with one save with a 2.33 ERA in five games ... the relief corps has worked 19 1/3 innings and allowed six runs (5 ER) on 21 hits with 20 strikeouts and six walks ... freshman RHP Tucker Hawley is 1-0 with 0.84 ERA (10.2 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) in three relief stints against LSU, Elon and Mercer ... Alabama is fielding .975 (8 errors) in the postseason with five errorless games, including its last three in a row.
TWO-OUT SUCCESS: The Crimson Tide's postseason success can be directly linked to its two-out offense ... in nine postseason games, Alabama is hitting .336 (36-for-107) and scored 28 of its 57 runs with two outs ... Dugas is 5-for-9 (.556) and has two RBI with two outs ... Rutledge (6-for-14, .429) and Smith (5-for-15, .333) leads the team with six two-out RBI each ... UA opponents are hitting .250 (27-for-108) with 10 two-out RBI in the postseason ... at the Atlanta Regional, Alabama hitting .316 (18-for-57) with 15 two-out RBI ... Dugas was 3-for-5 (.600) with one RBI and Rutledge was 4-for-7 (.571) with four RBI ... UA opponents hit .254 (15-for-59) and had seven two-out RBI.
ATLANTA REGIONAL NOTES: Alabama went 4-1 at the 2010 Atlanta Regional with a wins over Elon (11-2), Mercer (5-3) and Georgia Tech (8-1 and 10-8) ... the Crimson Tide won its seventh NCAA Regional on June 7 with a 10-8 win over No. 8 Georgia Tech ... Alabama hit .314 (55-for-175) in the tournament with nine home runs and 36 RBI ... the Crimson Tide scored 36 runs and swatted seven doubles ... Alabama has scored 27 of its 36 runs in the first four innings ... Rutledge led the Tide with a .455 (10-for-22) with two home runs and eight RBI in five games ... he also led the Tide with eight runs scored ... he was 7-for-10 against Elon (4-for-5) and Georgia Tech (3-for-5) in his first two games of the regional ...Wilson was the second-leading hitter with a .444 (8-for-18) average with one home run, four RBI and six runs scored ... he was 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and scored two runs in the 8-1 win over Georgia Tech on June 6 ... Smith hit .381 (8-for-21) with two home runs and eight RBI and Jones hit .294 (5-for-17) with two home runs and seven RBI ... on the mound, the Tide went 4-1 with one complete game, one save and a 3.68 ERA in Atlanta ... the staff worked 44 innings and allowed 19 runs (18 ER) on 48 hits with 39 strikeouts and 12 walks ... Kilcrease posted a 2-0 record and a 2.08 ERA in wins over Elon and No. 8 Georgia Tech ... he pitched six innings in relief against the Yellow Jackets in the championship game and allowed two runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts and two walks ... he limited Elon to one run on three hits in seven innings in the Tide's opening round win ... Morgan tossed the first nine-inning complete game of his career against Georgia Tech (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) on June 6 ... Hawley was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his two relief appearances (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) against Elon and Mercer ... he earned his second career win and first postseason victory against Mercer on June 6 .. Alabama made five errors in the regional, including three in the loss to Georgia Tech on June 5 ... the Tide played three straight errorless games against Mercer and Georgia Tech (June 6-7).
ATLANTA REGIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Alabama placed five players on the 2010 NCAA Atlanta Regional All-Tournament Team, including junior RHP Nathan Kilcrease, junior second baseman Ross Wilson, junior shortstop Josh Rutledge, senior third baseman Jake Smith and sophomore center fielder Taylor Dugas.
Kilcrease was named the Most Outstanding Player after he recorded two wins over Elon and Georgia Tech. He threw seven innings in the opener against Elon and then had a six-inning relief stint against Georgia Tech three days later. He threw 206 pitches in his 13 innings in Atlanta.
Rutledge was the Tide's leading hitter with .455 (10-for-22) average with eight runs scored, two home runs and eight RBI. He had four hits in the opener against Elon and hit a game-tying home run against Georgia Tech on June 5.
Wilson hit .444 (8-for-18) with six runs scored, one home run and four RBI. He was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, one home run and two RBI in the Tide's 8-1 win over Georgia Tech on June 6.
Smith hit .381 (8-for-21) with two home runs and eight RBI. He homered in both games with Mercer (solo) and Georgia Tech (3-run) on June 6. He had four RBI, including a two-run double in UA's 10-8 win in the championship game.
Dugas hit .409 (9-for-22) with seven runs scored, one home run and three RBI. He stroked a leadoff home run, one of three first-inning homers, against Georgia Tech on June 6.
2010 SEC TOURNAMENT RECAP: Alabama posted a 3-1 record at the 2010 SEC Tournament and played in its eighth championship game. ... the Crimson Tide lost to LSU 4-3 in 11 innings in the championship game, which was played in front of 13,327 fans ... Alabama defeated No. 14 Auburn (7-1), No. 21 Mississippi (6-3) and No. 4 Florida (5-2) to advance to its eighth championship game ... the Crimson Tide overcame a 3-0 deficit against the Tigers with single runs in the fourth, seventh and eighth innings to force extra innings ... LSU won the game on Tyler Hanover's two-out RBI single in the top of the 11th inning ... the game had two rain delays that totaled two hours and 27 minutes ... there was an 80-minute rain delay at the end of the fourth inning and a 67-minute delay in the middle of the ninth ... the Alabama pitching staff was the story in Hoover with two complete games and 2.50 ERA in the four-game tournament ... the staff worked 36 innings and allowed 10 earned runs and 32 hits with 24 strikeouts and only four walks ... all four walks came in the championship game against LSU ... Nelson set the tone in the opener with a complete-game, five-hitter against the SEC Western Division champion Auburn Tigers ... he held the SEC's top-rated offense to one run and struck out six for his third straight complete game ... Kilcrease pitched into the ninth inning in the Tide's 6-3 win over Mississippi on May 27 ... Kilcrease allowed three runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and no walks in 8 1/3 innings ... Morgan tossed a seven-inning complete game in the semifinal win over No. 4 Florida ... he allowed two runs on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks ... the Crimson Tide bullpen allowed one run in nine innings in the championship game against LSU ... Hawley threw four scoreless innings and Nelson, making his first relief appearance of the year, added two scoreless innings ... Smith pitched the final three innings and allowed one run on five hits ... Alabama hit .284 (38 -for-134) in the tournament with seven extra base hits and 21 RBI ... the Tide averaged 5.25 runs and 9.5 hits per game ... Wilson was the leading hitter with a .455 (5-for-11) average with three runs scored and two RBI ... the Crimson Tide hit .360 (18-for-50) and scored 13 of its 21 runs in the tournament with two outs ... Alabama also fielded .978 in the four-game tournament and made only three errors.
Nelson pitched in two games and allowed one run on six hits in 11 innings. He added eight strikeouts and one walk. Nelson tossed a complete game in the tournament opener against No. 2 seed Auburn as he held the SEC's top-rated offense to one run on five hits with six strikeouts and no walks. He added two scoreless innings in relief against LSU in the championship game.
Bennett hit .333 (5-for-15) in four games with three runs scored, one double and one RBI. He also threw out both attempted base stealers in the tournament. Bennett had three hits in the win over Mississippi and two hits in the opener against Auburn.
Smith hit .294 (5-for-17) with five RBI in four games at third base and also made two relief appearances. He collected two hits and two RBI in the Tide's semifinal win over Florida. He also earned a save (0.2 IP, K) against Mississippi as UA moved to 2-0 in the tournament for the first time since 2003.
SEC RECAP: Alabama finished 15-15 in SEC play this season and earned the No. 7 seed at the 2010 SEC Tournament at Regions Park in Hoover.
The Crimson Tide won three of its last five series in the second half of the season and compiled a 10-5 record in its last 15 league games, with series wins over Mississippi State (3-0), No., 14 Mississippi (2-1) and Tennessee (3-0).
Alabama was 5-10 during the first half of the SEC season with series wins over Vanderbilt (2-1) and Auburn (2-1). The Crimson Tide lost all three road series in the first half against Arkansas (0-3), Kentucky (1-2) and LSU (0-3).
The Crimson Tide hit .290 (307-for-1,060) in conference play with 30 home runs and 175 RBI this season.
Dugas led Alabama with a .407 (44-for-108) batting average in league play and a .545 on-base percentage. He has reached base safely 79 times via hit (44), walk (27) or hit by pitch (8) this season.
Rutledge batted .353 (49-for-139) with five home runs and 33 RBI this season. He hit safely in 29 of 30 SEC games this season, including a 21-game hitting streak in league play.
On the mound, the Tide went 15-15 with a 6.09 ERA. The Tide has been outscored 201-195 in the 30 SEC games.
Nelson and Morgan have started all 10 SEC series and were a combined 7-6 in 20 starts in league play.
Kilcrease, who started the in each of the last three series against No. 3 Florida, No. 14 Mississippi and Tennessee, went 3-2 with a 3.04 ERA in 16 appearances. Both of his losses came as a result of a walk-off home run in extra innings at No. 6 LSU and No. 3 South Carolina.
Alabama has played well defensively all season long. The Tide owns a league-best .979 fielding percentage in SEC play with 23 errors and 21 double plays in 30 games.
NON-SEC RECAP: Alabama posted a 19-6 record in non-conference games during the 2010 regular season.
The Crimson Tide won seven of its nine series, with series win against South Alabama, Illinois-Chicago, College of Charleston, Stony Brook, Minnesota, Jacksonville State and Mississippi Valley State.
Alabama also had non-conference wins over No. 25 Georgia and at No. 23 Southeastern Louisiana.
The Crimson Tide hit .308 (261-for-847) in non league games this year with 23 home runs and 178 RBI. Alabama outscored its non-SEC brethren 200-108 in 25 games, including a 26-4 mark in the first inning.
Dugas led the team with a .400 (34-for-85) average with 29 runs scored and 15 RBI. He reached base safely 64 times via hit (34), walk (29) or hit by pitch (1).
Jones hit .382 (34-for-89) in 25 non-SEC games with a team-leading nine home runs and 33 RBI.
The pitching staff went 19-6 with a 3.86 ERA with six saves and two shutouts in 25 games. The Tide allowed just over four runs and less than 10 hits per game.
Nelson was 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA in four non-conference starts. He had 26 strikeouts in 22 innings. Kilcrease was a 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA in 14 games. He recorded 24 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings.
RANKED TEAMS: Alabama is 13-15 (.464) against ranked teams this season. The Crimson Tide owns a 5-4 record against ranked teams at home and has posted a 4-9 mark away from home. The Tide is 4-2 against teams in the top 25 at neutral sites. The Tide has series wins over College of Charleston, Vanderbilt and Mississippi and won three straight SEC Tournament games over No. 14 Auburn, No. 21 Mississippi and No. 4 Florida. Alabama also won two games against No. 8 Georgia Tech to capture the 2010 Atlanta Regional.
COMEBACK WINS: Alabama has 17 come-from-behind wins this season, including nine in SEC play. Two of those wins came against Mississippi State on Sunday, April 25 when the Tide swept a doubleheader with a pair of last at-bat wins.
The most improbable of the 14 comeback victories came against Kentucky on April 11. The Crimson Tide trailed 9-0 after five innings, but outscored the Wildcats 11-0 over the final four innings for an 11-9 win.
Alabama scored five times in the fifth inning, highlighted by senior third baseman Jake Smith's fourth career grand slam. The Crimson Tide added five runs in the eighth inning to take a 10-9 lead and then put an insurance run on the board in the ninth inning. Smith was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, one home run and four RBI in the win.
The nine-run comeback is the largest verifiable rally in Alabama history. Alabama has erased three eight-run deficits in recent history, including two against Arkansas in 1999 and one against South Carolina in 2007.
In 1999, Alabama trailed 8-0 in back-to-back games against Arkansas but rallied for the win both times. On April 24, 1999, Alabama trailed Arkansas 8-0 in the sixth inning before posting a 15-8 win. The next day (April 25, 1999), Alabama found itself down 8-0 in the sixth before winning 9-8. On April 29, 2007, Alabama trailed South Carolina 10-2 in the third inning but won the game 11-10 on Alex Avila's three-run home run in the eighth inning.
2010 Comeback Wins
Illinois-Chicago (Feb. 26) - Ross Wilson singled on the 12th pitch of his at-bat in the sixth inning and eventually scored the tying run as UA erased a 1-0 deficit to the Flames. Alabama snapped the 1-1 tie with three runs in the seventh and tacked on five runs in the eighth for the 9-4 win.
Minnesota (March 17) - Josh Rutledge's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored pinch-runner Cal Tinsley as the Crimson Tide overcame three deficits for a 5-4 win over Minnesota. Brett Whitaker's pinch-hit single scored Jon Kelton with the tying run.
Minnesota (March 18) - Alabama scored five runs in the eighth inning en route to a 9-4 win over Minnesota. The Crimson Tide trailed 3-0 in the fourth inning and 4-2 in the sixth before mounting its second straight comeback.
Auburn (April 2) - The Tide fell behind 1-0 in the second inning before scoring five runs on six hits in the bottom of the third inning to take a 5-1 lead en route to a 10-5 win.
Auburn (April 3) - The Crimson Tide erased a four-run deficit in the third inning to post a 6-5 series-clinching win. Trailing 4-0 in the third inning, Alabama scored three times in the bottom of the inning on Wilson's sixth home run of the year. Alabama added three more runs in the seventh when Smith drew a bases-loaded walk and Kelton drove in two runs with a two-out single.
at Kentucky (April 11) - Trailing 9-0 in the sixth, Alabama scored five runs, highlighted by Jake Smith's fourth career grand slam, to pull to within 9-5. The Crimson Tide scored five more runs in the eighth, capped by Rutledge's two-out, two-run single that gave Alabama its first lead at 10-9. Alabama tacked on an insurance run in the ninth for the 11-9 win.
Mississippi State (April 25 - Game 1) - Alabama recorded its second-largest comeback win of the season to beat Mississippi State 9-8 in extra innings in game one of an SEC doubleheader. The Crimson Tide erased a seven-run deficit and scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take an 8-7 lead. Jake Smith's second grand slam of the season cut the lead to 7-4. Josh Rutledge added an RBI single and Ross Wilson followed with a three-run home run to give the Tide the lead. MSU tied the game in the sixth inning before Alabama won it in the bottom of the eighth. Andrew Miller ripped a one-out double down the right field line and scored on Brock Bennett's game-winning single to center.
Mississippi State (April 25 - Game 2) - Alabama scored five times in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 6-4 win over Mississippi and complete a doubleheader sweep of MSU. The Tide trailed 4-1 entering the sixth inning, but scored five runs on five hits for the win. Clay drove in the first run and RBI single. Jake Smith followed with a single to put runners at first and second with one out. A pair of wild pitches by MSU starter Luke Bole allowed Jones to score and send Smith to third base. Brett Whitaker and Andrew Miller drew walks to load the bases, before Trey Johnson struck out Jon Kelton for the second out. Brock Bennett then lined a two-out single to center to score Smith and pinch-runner Matt Taylor to give the Tide a 5-4 lead. Taylor Dugas followed with an RBI single to center to give the Tide a key insurance run and a 6-4 lead.
Mississippi Valley State (April 27) - After spotting Mississippi Valley State a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Alabama scored single runs in the second and fifth innings to take a 2-1 lead. Clay Jones tied the game with a solo home run in the second inning and the Tide scored the go-ahead run in the fifth. Josh Rutledge and Ross Wilson reached on consecutive errors before Rutledge scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Alabama added three insurance runs in the seventh inning for the 5-1 win. Jon Kelton had an RBI single and Andrew Miller added a two-run single in the decisive inning.
Florida (May 9) - After falling behind 1-0 in the second inning, Alabama scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning to take its first lead of the series, and then snapped a 6-6 tie with three runs in the bottom of the fifth en route to a 10-8 win over the Gators in the series finale. Rutledge had a career-high six RBI for the Crimson Tide, including a go-head three-run home run in the second inning. Taylor Dugas drew a bases-loaded walk in the decisive fifth inning.
Mississippi (May 16) - Alabama scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to post a 6-3 come-from-behind win over Mississippi on May 16. Freshman left fielder Brett Booth started the rally with a one-out triple and scored the tying run on freshman right-fielder Andrew Miller's double. Rutledge knocked in the winning run with a base hit and Wilson padded the lead with an RBI single.
Tennessee (May 21) - Jake Smith hit a game-winning, two-run home run in the 11th inning to give the Tide a 4-2 win at Tennessee and clinch the team's sixth straight SEC Tournament appearance. The Crimson Tide fell behind 1-0 in the third inning when Josh Liles stroked a leadoff double and came around to score on two infield ground outs. Alabama tied the game at 1-1 with back-to-back doubles by Jon Kelton and Andrew Miller in the fifth inning. UA took a 2-1 lead in the eighth on Josh Rutledge's RBI single, but Tennessee forced extra innings on Cody Hawn's solo home run in the ninth.
Tennessee (May 22) - After building a 6-2 lead, Alabama watched Tennessee scored five runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-6 lead. The Vols took advantage of three walks in the inning, including one with the bases loaded to get back in the game. P.J. Polk's bases-loaded triple put the Vols ahead. Alabama answered with three runs in the eighth inning. Miller and Cody Trotter stroked one-out singles and pinch-hitter David Kindred walked to load the bases. Taylor Dugas was hit by a pitch to force home a run and Rutledge's sac fly put the Tide up by a run. Ross Wilson capped the inning with an RBI single to give UA a 9-7 lead.
Auburn (May 25) - Andrew Miller's two-run single in the fourth inning gave the Tide a 2-1 lead en route to a 7-1 win in the opening round of the SEC Tournament. Auburn had taken a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a pair of sacrifice bunts.
Mercer (June 6) - Jake Smith hit a game-tying home run to spark a four-run third inning en route to a 5-3 win over the Mercer Bears. Smith's home run tied the game at 1-1 and Cody Trotter later added a go-ahead two-run single as the Tide eliminated the Bears from the Atlanta Regional.
Georgia Tech (June 7) - Georgia Tech hit a pair of two-run home runs in the first inning and took a 6-3 lead into the fourth inning before Clay Jones' three-run home run gave the Tide an 8-6 lead. Tech tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs. Alabama scored two runs in the sixth inning and held on for a 10-8 win to capture the 2010 NCAA Atlanta Regional.
WALK-OFF WINS: Alabama has three walk-off wins this season against Illinois-Chicago (Feb. 27), Minnesota (March 16) and Mississippi State (April 25).
ALABAMA EQUALS BEST START: Alabama opened the season with a 16-1 record, tying the 1997 team for the best start in school history. The Crimson Tide won its first eight games this season before suffering a 7-6 loss at College of Charleston on March 7. Alabama followed that loss with another eight-game winning streak to run its overall record to 16-1 and match the 1997 College World Series runner-up squad for the best start. The 1997 team opened the year with a school-record 15-game winning streak.
During its first 17 games this season, Alabama hit .326 (182-for-559) with 16 home runs and 132 RBI. The Tide averaged 8.6 runs and 10.7 hits per game.
The Crimson Tide had three players hit .400 or better in the first 17 games, including sophomore center fielder Taylor Dugas (.448, 19 R, 16 BB, 9 RBI), junior catcher Brock Bennett (14 G, .423, HR, 5 RBI) and sophomore utility man Jon Kelton (14 G, .407, 10 R, 9 BB, 9 RBI).
The pitching staff went 16-1 with five saves and a 3.05 ERA. The Tide threw two shutouts against Illinois-Chicago (Feb. 27) and College of Charleston (March 6).
Junior RHP Jimmy Nelson was 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA and two shutouts in his first five starts. He had 31 strikeouts and eight walks.
Alabama also played exceptional defense as the Tide recorded a .980 fielding mark (13 errors) in the first 17 games.
WINNING STREAKS: Alabama has had four winning streaks of five or more games this season, including an eight-game winning streak that was snapped at the SEC Tournament.
Alabama opened the season with an eight-game winning streak, and following a 7-6 loss at the College of Charleston on March 7, reeled off a second eight-game winning streak from March 12-20.
During its season opening eight-game winning streak, Alabama hit .335 (90-for-269) with six home runs and 68 RBI. The Tide averaged 9.8 runs and 11.3 hits per game. Dugas (.407, 10 R, 7 RBI), Jones (.400, 4 HR, 15 RBI) and Rutledge (.333, HR, 10 RBI) were a combined 34-for-90 (.378) with 33 runs scored, five home runs and 32 RBI.
The pitching staff had eight wins, two saves and a 2.44 ERA during the winning streak. UA pitchers worked 72 innings and recorded 83 strikeouts, while holding opponents to 2.4 runs and 7.2 hits per game. Nelson was 2-0 with a team-best 1.12 ERA, with 19 strikeouts and one walk.
During its second eight-game winning streak (March 13-20), Alabama hit .319 (81-for-254) with eight home runs and 58 RBI. The Tide averaged 7.9 runs and 10.2 hits per game.
Rutledge hit a team-best .455 (15-for-33) during the streak with five doubles, nine RBI and 10 runs scored. Dugas was the second-leading hitter with a .444 (12-for-27) average with nine runs scored, four doubles and two RBI. Jones hit .407 (11-for-27) with five extra base hits, five runs scored and nine RBI.
The pitching staff had eight wins, three saves and 3.25 ERA during the eight-game winning streak. The eight wins came from seven different pitchers. Nelson (2 GS, 2-0, 1.42 ERA) was the only pitcher with multiple wins during the streak. The staff worked 72 innings and held opponents to a .260 batting average.
Alabama had a third eight-game winning streak this season, which ended with a 4-3 loss in 11 innings to LSU in the SEC Championship Game.
The pitching staff was the story during the Tide's most recent winning streak. In eight games, the pitching staff went 8-0 with a 2.62 ERA (72 IP, 50 H, 22 R, 21 ER, 16 BB, 49 K) and held opponents to a .193 batting average. The Tide also had five complete games and two saves.
The starting pitching was even more impressive during the eight-game winning streak. UA starters were 5-0 with four complete games and a 2.20 ERA (65.1 IP, 47 H, 17 R, 16 ER, 9 BB, 46 K) and held opponents to a .199 batting average.
Nelson was 3-0 with 1.29 ERA (27 IP, 17 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 25 K) and three complete games in his last three starts. He held opponents to a .179 batting average. Kilcrease is 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA (26.1 IP, 20 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 14 K) with one complete game in his last three starts. Morgan tossed his second career complete game (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) against No. 4 Florida in the SEC Tournament semifinal on May 28.
On offense, Alabama hit .276 (72-for-261) with four home runs and 48 RBI and averaged 6.0 runs and 9.5 hits per game. Rutledge led the team with 11 RBI, while Smith added 10 RBI. Smith also had two of the four homers.
Alabama committed only five errors during the eight-game winning streak and played an errorless series at Tennessee (May 20-22) to close out the regular season.
Alabama also had a five-game winning streak this season. UA won five in a row from April 23-28, including a three-game sweep of Mississippi State and a two-game midweek sweep of Mississippi Valley State.
Alabama hit .290 (45-for-155) during the streak and averaged seven runs and nine hits per game. The Tide also slugged eight home runs. Wilson was the leading hitter with a .467 (7-for-15) average with six runs scored, one home run and five RBI. Jones hit .400 (6-for-15) and led the team with three home runs and also added five RBI. Smith hit two homers and led UA with seven RBI in five games.
The pitching staff had a 5-0 record and 4.71 ERA with two saves during the streak. They held the opposition to just over four runs per game and recorded 45 strikeouts in 42 innings. Kilcrease was 1-0 with one save and 1.35 ERA in his three appearances on the mound.
ROAD GAMES: Alabama is 12-14 on the road this season, with a win over No. 23 SE Louisiana and series wins at College of Charleston, Tennessee and No. 8 Georgia Tech.
Alabama was 5-10 in SEC road games this season, but closed the year with a sweep at Tennessee. The Tide won four of its last five SEC road games.
The Crimson Tide is hitting .282 (266-for-943) with 31 home runs and 162 RBI in 26 games. The Tide has scored 176 runs and collected 88 extra base hits.
Rutledge is the Tide's leading hitter on the road with a .385 (47-for-122) batting average with six home runs and 28 RBI. He is also riding a 26-game road hitting streak entering the Super Regional.
Dugas is second with a .369 (38-for-103) batting average with two home runs and 15 RBI.
Smith (8 HR, 27 RBI) and Jones (7 HR, 22 RBI) have combined for 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 26 road games in 2010.
The pitching staff is 12-14 with six saves and 5.75 ERA. The staff has worked 233 1/3 innings and allowed 168 runs (149 ER) on 283 hits with 187 strikeouts and 87 walks.
Kilcrease has been the most consistent pitcher on the road this season, posting a 2-2 record with two saves and a team-best 2.31 ERA in 14 appearances. He has worked 39 innings and allowed 10 runs on 29 hits with 33 strikeouts and 10 walks.
Both of his losses have come at No. 6 LSU and No. 3 South Carolina in extra innings. LSU's Grant Dozar hit a walk-off home run in the 14th inning on April 18 and USC's Brady Thomas hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning on April 30.
Alabama is fielding .977 on the road with 23 errors in 26 games. The Tide played six consecutive errorless road games from May 1-22 and has not made an error in eight of its last nine road games.
Alabama has three active players with 200 career hits, marking the second time in school history that has happened.
In 2002, Brent Boyd, Jeremy Brown and Scott McClanahan all eclipsed the 200-hit barrier for the Tide. Boyd and Brown join Andy Phillips (1996-99) and Joe Caruso (1994-97) as the only four players with 300 career hits. Boyd ranks second all-time with 313 career hits, while Brown is fourth with 307 hits. McClanahan finished 10th with 238 hits.
Here is the complete list of UA players with 200 or more career hits-
Alabama Career Hits Leaders
100-HIT CLUB: Junior shortstop Josh Rutledge became the 10th player in school history to record 100 hits in a season when he eclipsed the 100-hit barrier at the NCAA Atlanta Regional.
Through 64 games, Rutledge has recorded 104 hits, which is the fourth-highest total in school history.
Three-time All-SEC first baseman David Magadan set the school record with 114 hits in 1983. G.W. Keller is second on the list with 107 hits, followed by current UA assistant coach Dax Norris, who had 105 hits in 1996.
Here is the complete list of UA players with 100 or more hits in a season:
Alabama Single-Season Hits Leaders
FINISHING THE JOB: Alabama pitchers have recorded six complete games in the last 14 games, dating back to May 15. Jimmy Nelson leads the staff with three complete games, followed by Adam Morgan with two and Nathan Kilcrease with one complete game.
Alabama did not have a complete game in its first 50 games of the season,
The six complete games are the most by an Alabama team since the Tide recorded seven complete games in 2006. The 2006 pitching staff featured two future Major League hurlers, Wade LeBlanc and Tommy Hunter.
Nelson's three complete games are the most by an Alabama starter since LeBlanc and Hunter both tossed three complete games in 2006.
UA DEFENSE ON RECORD PACE: Alabama leads the SEC with a .978 fielding percentage this season. The Crimson Tide has committed the least amount of errors (53) in the SEC and is on pace to shatter the school single-season fielding percentage mark.
The highest fielding percentage in school history was .971 set in 1996 and 2009. Last year's team committed just 61 errors in 58 games, while the 1996 club made 78 errors in 69 games.
Alabama has played 28 errorless games this season and is 25-3 in those 28 games. The Tide played 12 errorless SEC games and went 10-2 in those games.
Alabama did not commit an error in its series at Tennessee (May 20-22), its second errorless SEC series of the season. Alabama also did not make an error in its series sweep against Mississippi State (April 23-25).
Alabama closed the regular season with six straight errorless road games, including five in a row in SEC play. Since April 30, Alabama has not committed an error in eight of last nine road games.
OUTFIELD ASSISTS: Alabama has 16 outfield assists by seven different players this season. Dugas leads the team with five outfield assists. Miller is second with four and Booth has added three.
Dugas and Miller combined for three outfield assists in the NCAA Atlanta Regional, including one each in the Tide's 5-2 loss to No. 8 Georgia Tech on June 5.
Booth tied the UA single-game record with two assists in the Tide's 6-2 win at College of Charleston on March 5, when he threw out one runner at home and one at third base.
He shares the record with G.W. Keller (vs. Southern Cal, 1997), Chad White (at LSU, 2002) and Gabe Scott (at Mississippi, 2004). Alabama outfielders have thrown out seven runners at home plate, two at second base and two runners at third base. In addition, nine of the 11 outfield assists have ended innings.