University of Alabama

Wildcat pitcher shuts down Bama's bats

kentucky 11, alabama 1

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Kentucky senior left-hander Chris Rusin hurled a complete game, holding the SEC’s top-ranked offense to one run on seven hits, in the Wildcats’ win over No. 21 Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Rusin (5-3) allowed six singles and one double and held the Crimson Tide without a home run for only the fifth time this season. He struck out nine and walked none.

Kentucky (22-20, 7-13 SEC) held Alabama (28-15, 11-9 SEC) to its lowest run total of the season. Sophomore second baseman Ross Wilson and senior right fielder Kent Matthes combined for four of the Tide’s seven hits.

The Tide pitching staff issued nine walks and hit two batters, while the defense made three errors.

The teams will wrap up their series today at 3:05 p.m.

Kentucky scored single runs in the first and third innings without benefit of a hit off UA starter Del Howell to take 2-0 lead and then blew the game open with a five-run fourth inning, highlighted by Chris Bisson’s three-run triple to center that put UK in front 6-0.

Howell (5-2) struggled with command on Saturday and suffered the loss. He allowed seven runs (six earned) on three hits, with seven walks, two hit batters and one strikeout.Alabama scored its only run in the bottom of the fifth inning, as junior DH Brandon May led off the inning and reached on an error by second baseman Chris Bisson. Senior catcher Vin DiFazio and senior first baseman Wes Henderson followed with one out singles to load the bases, before May scored on a wild pitch by Rusin.