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Alabama's Taylor Dugas Named to ABCA All-South Region Team

Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Alabama outfield Taylor Dugas (Lafayette, La.) added another award to his outstanding career at the Capstone when he was named second team All-South Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) on Thursday. Dugas was an ABCA first team All-South Region selection and an ABCA Gold Glove Award winner in 2011.

After earning first team All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2012, Dugas is a three-time all-conference selection as a member of the Crimson Tide. During his senior season, Dugas posted a team-high .343 average, which was 10th in the SEC, while starting all 55 games in center field, and as the team’s lead-off hitter. Dugas also led the team with 41 runs scored, 71 hits, 12 doubles, seven triples (second in the SEC), 24 walks, and was hit by a pitch 18 times.

Dugas was selected by the New York Yankees in the eighth round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft earlier this month and made his professional debut on Wednesday, for the Staten Island Yankees. While hitting in the leadoff spot and playing left field, he was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a walk in his first professional game.

One of the premier college leadoff hitters in the country, Dugas reached base safely in 53-of-55 games in 2012, which included a streak of 34 games to open the season. Dugas finished the season as the Tide’s all-time leader in career hits (334), singles (235), doubles (67), and triples (18). He led the team with 23 multiple-hit games, which included a team-best five three-hit performances.

Dugas, who was also named to the SEC All-Defensive Team for the second straight season, Dugas made just one error in center field to post a .992 fielding percentage in 131 chances in 2012. Dugas did not make an error during conference play, and finished the season without on error in the final 43 games.

2012 ABCA ALL-SOUTH REGION TEAM
First Team
SP Kevin Gausman So. LSU (12-2, 2.77 ERA, 135 K, 123.2 IP)
SP Chris Stratton Jr. Mississippi State (11-2, 2.38 ERA, 127 K, 109.2 IP)
SP Josh Martin Sr. Samford (12-2, 3.35 ERA, 95 K, 110.0 IP)
SP Alex Wood So. Georgia (7-3, 2.73 ERA, 100 K, 102.1 IP)
RP Robbie Powell Sr. Stetson (1-1, 2.05 ERA, 46 K, 44.0 IP)
C Mike Zunino Jr. Florida (.322, 19 HR, 64 RBI, 77 H, 28 2B, 9 SB)
1B Christian Walker Jr. South Carolina (.322, 11 HR, 54 RBI, 69 H, 11 2B)
2B Alex Yarbrough Jr. Ole Miss (.380, 3 HR, 43 RBI, 95 H, 17 2B)
SS Richie Rodriguez Sr. Eastern Kentucky (.377, 14 HR, 46 RBI, 80 H, 18 2B, 12 SB)
3B Trenton Moses Sr. SE Missouri State (.408, 19 HR, 61 RBI, 87 H, 16 2B)
OF Raph Rhymes Jr. LSU (.431, 4 HR, 53 RBI, 100 H, 11 2B)
OF Brandon Miller Sr. Samford (.301, 23 HR, 65 RBI, 74 H, 17 2B)
OF Preston Tucker Sr. Florida (.319, 16 HR, 48 RBI, 81 H, 16 2B, 6 SB)
OF Mason Katz Jr. LSU (.320, 13 HR, 52 RBI, 77 H, 15 2B, 8 SB)
DH Nick Backlund So. Mercer (.381, 16 HR, 58 RBI, 85 H, 16 2B)

Second Team
SP Michael Roth Sr. South Carolina (7-1, 2.50 ERA, 79 K, 115.0 IP)
SP Hudson Randall Jr. Florida (9-2, 2.61 ERA, 61 K, 93.0 IP)
SP Ricky Knapp So. Florida Gulf Coast (9-4, 2.34 ERA, 61 K, 111.1 IP)
SP Bobby Wahl So. Ole Miss (7-4, 2.55 ERA, 104 K, 99.0 IP)
RP Austin Maddox Jr. Florida (3-3, 2.50 ERA, 57 K, 54.0 IP)
C Ronnie Freeman Jr. Kennesaw State (.348, 6 HR, 54 RBI, 80 H, 13 2B)
1B Zach Stephens So. Tennessee Tech (.368, 18 HR, 52 RBI, 75 H, 13 2B)
1B Ben Waldrip Sr. Jacksonville State (.330, 18 HR, 61 RBI, 70 H, 14 2B)
2B Jordan Hankins So. Austin Peay (.336, 10 HR, 66 RBI, 84 H, 16 2B)
2B Zac Mitchell Sr. Belmont (.350, 5 HR, 37 RBI, 78 H, 16 2B, 20 SB)
SS Anthony Gomez Jr. Vanderbilt (.353, 1 HR, 57 RBI, 90 H, 12 2B, 11 SB)
3B Matt Reynolds Jr. Arkansas (.344, 7 HR, 43 RBI, 75 H, 20 2B, 15 SB)
OF Taylor Dugas Sr. Alabama (.343, 2 HR, 28 RBI, 71 H, 12 2B, 7 3B)
OF Adam McClain Sr. Memphis (.392, 3 HR, 36 RBI, 91 H, 13 2B, 13 SB)
OF Matthew Scruggs Sr. ETSU (.257, 20 HR, 46 RBI, 57 H, 8 2B, 11 SB)
OF Ryan Tella So. Auburn (.360, 5 HR, 34 RBI, 85 H, 12 2B, 17 SB)
DH Eli Hynes Sr. Memphis (.352, 11 HR, 47 RBI, 82 H, 17 2B)


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