TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A complete game shutout from senior righty Nathan Kilcrease earned the Alabama baseball team (16-7, 3-1 SEC) the 4-0 win over the Kentucky Wildcats (14-9, 2-2 SEC), Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Kilcrease (4-1) threw a gem, peppering the zone all night while going the full nine, striking out six and walking none. The complete game shutout was the first of his career and the complete game was his third during his time at the Capstone. Of his 21 non-strikeout outs, 14 were on the ground while only four were in the air.
“(Kilcrease) commanded all of his pitches, and he never really let them make a run,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “He worked from ahead all night and was just really locked in. When it got late, he just had that look that we’ve seen before that he just was not going to let them score tonight. I’m glad he’s on our team, he’s a good one.
Josh Rosecrans continued to stay hot for the week, going 2-for-3 with three RBI and one walk. He is now 5-for-7 with two runs and seven RBI this week at The Joe. The seven RBI nearly doubled his season total of eight prior to the start of this week.
All four of the Tide’s runs were scored off UK starter Alex Meyer who took the loss on the night to bring his record to 3-3 on the season.
Taylor Dugas led off the game with a single to extend his hit streak to 13 games. He would eventually come around to score when Rosecrans knocked a single through the left side to score two, setting the lead at 2-0.
The Tide added some two more tallies to its total in the bottom of the seventh. Rosecrans added another run for Alabama on his second hit of the game, a liner through the left side to score Brock Bennett. Rosecrans was replaced by pinch runner Allen Dye, who moved to second on a stolen base and eventually came around to score on an Andrew Miller single to center, setting the score at 4-0.
Alabama returns to action on Saturday when the Crimson Tide looks to continue its hot streak at home. The Tide will throw junior lefty Adam Morgan (3-1) while the Wildcats counter with sophomore right-hander Jordan Cooper (1-1). The game is scheduled for a 2:05 p.m. CT start Sewell-Thomas Stadium.