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Alabama Baseball ranked 15th in the nation and tied for 1st in the SEC West

UM_UA003On Sunday Alabama baseball closed out their series with Ole Miss sweeping the Rebels in a three game series (7-6, 6-5, 3-1) followed by another win over UL-Monroe on Tuesday night 3-2.  The Crimson Tide baseball team is now ranked 15th in the nation with a 20-8 record and are tied with Miss. St in the Western division of the SEC (6-3).

On Monday Alabama’s Jon Keller was named SEC co-pitcher of the week after throwing a complete game on Sunday to wrap up the sweep of No. 9 Ole Miss.  The junior allowed only one run on seven hits and eight strikeouts to complete Alabama’s first sweep of the Rebels since 2006. “Jon Keller did a great job today, as the game got deeper, he got stronger,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “I had to make a decision in the ninth, as he was around 100 pitches, but you could see it in his eyes that he wanted that game and he wanted to finish it. With him being a bulldog and trusting him, we stayed with him and he delivered there in the ninth and finished it off.”UM_UA001

The win marks his seventh game and fourth start of the season for the Crimson Tide. Keller has pitched a team high 42 innings so far on the season with a 5-1 record is ranked third in the SEC.  He has a 1.50 ERA overall with a 1.71 ERA in his four starts and 21 strikeouts.

On the series sweep of No. 9th ranked Ole Miss. Kyle Overstreet keeps the top spot as the Crimson Tide’s top hitter getting two singles, three doubles and three RBI’s on the weekend while extending his season-long hitting streak to 11 games.  Overstreet didn’t play in Tuesday night’s game against ULM.

The Crimson Tide hit three home runs on the weekend.  Two of those came in game one of the series as Chance Vincent recorded his first home run of the his career and Ben Moore’s solo shot tied Austen Smith and Casey Hughston for the team home run leader, each with three this season.  Mikey White’s solo home run came in the fourth inning in game three to get the scoring started.  He recorded his second of the season and first against an SEC opponent.  Alabama has hit 12 home runs in the past nine out of eleven games.

UM_UA004The Alabama baseball team travels to Texas A&M for a weekend series against the Aggies.  Coach Gaspard hopes to extend his 153 wins this weekend and he thinks Alabama’s latest offense and the magic number of three.  “Three runs has been the key for us, said Gaspard, whose team is 20-0 when it plates three or more. “Hopefully we can get three every game this weekend and keep going.”

First pitch this weekend is set for 6:35 p.m. on Friday, 2:05 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. The Friday and Saturday matchups will be televised by Fox Sports Southwest.UM_UA006

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