Bama's Josh Rosecrans named SEC baseball player of the week

BIRMINGHAM, Al. Junior designated hitter Josh Rosecrans was selected as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, after helping the Alabama baseball team post a 5-0 record while sweeping Kentucky during conference play last weekend.

Rosecrans, a 6-4 native of Edmond, Okla., had a breakout week for the Tide, posting a .438 (7-for-16) average in four starts as the designated hitter. He finished the week with a pair of home runs, 10 RBI and four runs scored. He had at least one hit in all four games he played, including a season-high three in a 9-5 win over Jacksonville State. The Wichita State transfer also had a home run, a career-high four RBI and two runs scored against the Gamecocks.

He started all three games against Kentucky, posting a .364 (4-for-11) average in the series. He was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a walk in the 4-0 win in the series opener against the Wildcats. After posting a hit with an RBI and a run scored on Saturday, he began his day on Sunday, by hitting his team-leading third home run of the season over the right field wall. The first-inning dinger gave the Tide a 4-0 lead, before going on to an 8-3 win.

Rosecrans entered the week hitting .234 with eight total RBI and one home run, and after his seven hits, which included a pair of home runs, and 10 RBI last week, he is now hitting .286 for the season with 18 RBI and three home runs.

Rosecrans and the nationally ranked Crimson Tide will continue action this week with five games. The week begins with a Tuesday night affair between Alabama and UAB at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala., with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Alabama returns home for a 6:05 p.m. game against South Alabama on Wednesday night, before hosting No. 13 Arkansas for three games this weekend.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics