Kilcrease Named SEC Pitcher of the Week

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. After throwing a complete-game five-hitter, Alabama senior pitcher Nathan Kilcrease was named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday morning. In his Thursday night start against No. 2 South Carolina, Kilcrease allowed just one unearned run in the win, as the Crimson Tide clinched their seventh consecutive berth in the SEC Baseball Tournament.

Kilcrease, a 5-foot, six-inch right hander from Phenix City, Ala., threw a gem in a match up against South Carolina ace Michael Roth, who was 10-2 with a 1.35 ERA entering the game. The former Glenwood Gator allowed just five hits, including one extra base hit, to a team that averaged 10 hits per game entering the series. He used 113 pitches to record his sixth win of the season and pitched out of bases loaded jams in both the first and fifth innings, surrendering just one unearned run. He allowed just one hit in the final four innings, retiring 12 of the final 15 batters he faced.

The complete game marked the second of the season for Kilcrease and the third of his career. He posted a complete-game shutout of Kentucky on March 25. The four-year senior has a 21-10 career record, and is tied for eighth all-time at Alabama for victories. He's also made 86 career appearances and is one appearance shy of tying the school record.

This season, Kilcrease has a 6-2 record for the season and is tied for the team lead in victories. He has a 3.35 ERA in 86.0 innings pitched with 68 strikeouts, while holding opponents to a .264 batting average. Kilcrease is second on the team in innings pitched and strikeouts.

Alabama will continue its season when it begins the postseason on Wednesday, May 25 in the opening game of the 2011 SEC Baseball Tournament. First pitch between the seven-seeded Crimson Tide and two-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks is slated for 9:30 a.m. CT, from Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.