Crimson Tide ranked as high as No. 21 by Collegiate Baseball News
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Following a perfect 5-0 record last week, the Alabama baseball moved into the national rankings in all four college baseball polls. The Crimson Tide is ranked No. 21 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, No. 24 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) weekly rankings , and No. 25 in both the Baseball America poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
Alabama has won its last seven straight games and 10 of its last 12 overall and enters the week with an 18-7 overall record following a weekend sweep of Kentucky. The Tide is 5-1 to start Southeastern Conference play, marking the best start to league play since the 2006 season. UA currently has a one-game lead over Mississippi State in the Western Division, while boasting the best record among the 12 SEC schools to start conference action.
Senior catcher Brock Bennett leads Alabama with a .395 batting average and is one of four players on the roster with a .340 or better average. Junior shortstop Jared Reaves, who leads the team with 22 RBI, is hitting .366 and junior All-American outfielder, Taylor Dugas, is on his heals at .363. Dugas leads the team with nine doubles, 25 runs scored, and a .487 on-base percentage. Sophomore outfielder Andrew Miller, who has been hot with the bat recently, has his average up to .343 after opening SEC play with a .458 average through six games.
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.