TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 24 Alabama (15-7, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) batted around in each of the first two innings and cruised past No. 12 Mississippi 19-6 on Sunday at Swayze Field.
The Crimson Tide scored 14 runs on 16 hits in the first two innings and stroked four doubles and four home runs.
Freshman left fielder Taylor Dugas was the offensive catalyst, going 4-for-6 with four runs scored and one RBI. Sophomore shortstop Josh Rutledge was 3-for-5 with a home run and career-high five RBIs. He also scored three runs. Senior right fielder Kent Matthes recorded his third multi-homer game of the season, hitting a solo home run in the second inning and three-run homer in the fourth. He continues to lead the NCAA this season, now with 15 home runs in 22 games.
Alabama starter Del Howell labored through a 34-pitch first inning that saw the Rebels (15-5, 4-2 SEC) load the bases, but he struck out Matt Smith with the bases loaded to end the threat. Howell (2-0) settled down and threw five shutout innings, giving him 11 shutout innings in six days. He held the Rebels to five singles, threw four strikeouts and walked three.
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Mississippi avoided the shutout with a run in the eighth inning off Miers Quigley. Backup right fielder David Phillips was hit by a pitch and later scored on a wild pitch as the Rebels scored their only run.
Alabama’s next game is Tuesday at home against UAB.