Bama's Dugas and Hawley named 'Players of the Week'

TUSCALOOSA, AL Alabama sophomore center fielder Taylor Dugas and freshman pitcher Tucker Hawley were selected as the Alabama coaching staff's players of the week, head coach Mitch Gaspard announced Tuesday.

Dugas is a player of the week honoree for the third time this season after he hit .500 (11-for-22) in five games last week with four runs scored, four doubles and four RBI.  He also drew five walks and compiled a .682 slugging percentage and a .571 on base-mark for the Tide.  He was also named player of the week on Feb. 22 and April 5.

"Taylor continues to show he is one of the best players in the country," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said.  "He had a tremendous week and he did it in his home state against two really good teams in SE Louisiana and LSU.  He is having a tremendous year for us."

The Lafayette, La., had four multi-hit games last week, including a 3-for-5, two RBI performance at No. 6 LSU on April 16.  He finished the LSU series with a .467 (7-for-15) batting average with two runs scored, two doubles, two RBI and two walks in three-game series.

For the season, Dugas is hitting .430 (55-for-128) with 38 runs scored, 40 walks and 28 RBI.  He leads the SEC in on-base percentage (.572), walks (40) and sacrifice bunts (9) and is second in hitting (.430).

Hawley earned player of the week honors after two scoreless relief appearances at SE Louisiana and LSU and his first collegiate win on the mound.  Hawley worked five scoreless innings last week and allowed four hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

The Aiken, S.C. native earned his first collegiate win at No. 23 SE Louisiana on April 13, when he tossed three scoreless innings and allowed only three hits and struck out four.  The three innings pitched and four strikeouts were both season highs.  He added two scoreless innings at No. 6. LSU on April 17.

"Tucker has shown much improvement for us in his last few outings and he is getting more and more playing time as a result of his hard work," Gaspard said.  "I thought he had a very good outing against SE Louisiana and then came back with a solid performance against LSU.  He did well against two really good offensive clubs on the road last week."

Hawley is 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA in seven appearances this season for the Tide.  He has worked 19 2/3 innings and recorded 14 strikeouts.  He has three starts against Minnesota (March 17), UAB (March 31) and Jacksonville State (April 7).

SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics Department