Bama Baseball Notes

Alabama's baseball team will be in Auburn this weekend for Southeastern Conference baseball games at 6:30 p.m. CST Friday, 1:30 p.m. CST Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. CDT Sunday. (Notice that Daylight Savings Time goes into effect this weekend -- spring ahead.) Bama also goes to Northwestern State Tuesday and Centenary Wednesday. Here are Alabama baseball notes:

RADIO: The games will be aired in Tuscaloosa on WRTR-FM (105.5) or WACT-AM (1420) in Tuscaloosa. David Crane and Chris Stewart will call the action.

INTERNET BROADCAST: Live stats (home games only) and audio broadcasts can be found at www.rolltide.com

RANKINGS: Alabama (16th USA Today Sports Weekly, 17th NCBWA, 20th Collegiate Baseball and 23rd NCBWA). Auburn (6th Baseball America, 6th Baseball Weekly, 7th NCBWA and 11th Collegiate Baseball). Auburn is the second-highest ranked team UA has faced this season. Alabama beat No. 2 Rice (6-5) at the Minute Maid Park Classic in Houston (Feb. 16), the Owls only loss this year.

BAMA LOOKS TO SNAP STREAKS AT AUBURN

The Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team looks to snap a pair of streaks when they travel to Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park for a three-game Southeastern Conference series with the arch-rival Auburn Tigers. The series opener is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday night. Alabama enters the series riding a season-high three-game losing streak, its longest losing streak since dropping the final three games of the 2002 season at LSU. One other streak the Crimson Tide would like to see come to an end here in Auburn is an eight-game losing streak by the road team in this series. Alabama last won here in 1999 as they claimed the series finale to avoid a three-game sweep. The home team is 13-3 (.813) in the last 16 games in this rivalry. Alabama has not won a series at Plainsman Park since 1997, but has won three of the five series here in Auburn under Jim Wells.

THE RECORDS

Alabama (20-8, 5-4 SEC) hopes to break a three-game losing streak here tonight against the Tigers. In addition to the three-game losing streak, Alabama has lost four of its last five SEC games, dating back to March 23rd. Auburn (25-6, 7-2 SEC) has been red-hot all season, including a win over No. 2 Georgia Tech. The Tigers have won eight of their last nine games.

THE COACHES

Alabama's Jim Wells is in his ninth season at the Capstone, compiling a 391-160 (.710) record at the helm of the Crimson Tide. Overall, Wells is 583-249 (.701) in his 14th season as a Division I head coach. Auburn head coach Steve Renfroe has compiled a three-year record of 96-42 (.696) with the Tigers. In addition to his tenure as head coach, Renfroe played and served as an assistant coach at Auburn. This is his first head coaching job.

LAST TIME OUT

Alabama saw a seven--run lead evaporate as West Alabama scored nine unanswered runs, all with two outs, to pull off the 9-7 upset win over the Crimson Tide. Scott Needs collected two hits and five RBI for the Tigers, including a bases-loaded double off Brent Carter in the sixth inning that gave UWA the lead at 8-7. Alabama scored three times in the first inning on three consecutive bases loaded walks. Bama added four more runs in the third inning to take a 7-0 lead. Al Hecklinski's two-run home run highlighted the inning.

NEXT GAME

Alabama and Auburn meet again on Saturday, April 5 at 3 p.m.

ALABAMA-AUBURN SERIES

Alabama and Auburn first met on the diamond in 1896 and have staged some classic battles in the series 230-game history. Since that first meeting, Alabama has posted a 127-103 (.552) series edge and has won six of the last eight series with Auburn.

*Unlike the football series, the home team has dominated the baseball series of late, winning eight straight games.

*In addition to the eight-game winning streak, the home team is 13-3 (.813) in the last 16 games since 1998.

*The home teams has also won the last five series, with Alabama being the last road team to win a series in 1997.

*In the Alabama-Auburn football rivalry, the road team has won the last four meetings, with Alabama being the last home team to win in 1998.

*Auburn has won two straight home series with Alabama, dating back to 1999.

*Alabama has won four straight home series with Auburn, dating back to 1994.

*Since 1995 (Wells first year at Bama), the Crimson Tide has won three of five series at Plainsman Park.

*The home team has won six of the last seven regular-season series.

*Alabama won all four meetings with Auburn last year, including a 6-3 in an elimination game at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional.

*Alabama's four wins were the most in a season over Auburn since 1996.

*Alabama's current four-game series winning streak is the longest versus the Tigers since a five-game winning streak from 1995-96.

*Alabama swept the regular-season series last year in Tuscaloosa.

*Brent Boyd's walk-off, two-run homer lifted Alabama to a 6-5 win in game two of the series.

*Scott McClanahan threw out an Auburn base runner at the plate in the top of the 7th inning then capped the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning as UA posted a 7-0 win.

ALABAMA VS. IN-STATE FOES

Alabama has enjoyed a great deal of success against in-state teams, compiling a 432-216 (.667) all-time record against teams from the state of Alabama.

*Coach Jim Wells is 74-26 (.740) against in-state opponents in his nine year career at the Capstone.

*The West Alabama game (April 2) marked his 100th career game against against another team from the state of Alabama.

*The Auburn series gives Alabama four straight games against in-state schools.

*Alabama had its 11-game winning streak against in-state teams snapped with its 9-7 loss to West Alabama on April 2.

*The 11-game winning streak was the second-longest under Wells, who led the Crimson Tide to 14 straight wins from 1995-97.

*Dating back to the 2001 season, Alabama is 14-2 (.875) in its last 16 games against in-state schools.

*Alabama went 10-1 (.909) last year against in-state teams and closed the year with a nine-game winning streak.

SPRING BREAK TRIP, 2003

The Alabama baseball team kicks off its 2003 Spring Break trip with a three-game series against arch-rival Auburn at Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park.

*Following the Auburn series, Alabama will bus to Atlanta for a flight to Shreveport, La., where it will spend the next three days.

*Coach Jim Wells will return to Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches, La., on Tuesday, April 8 as the Crimson Tide will face his former team the Northwestern State Demons at 7 p.m.

*Wells spent five years at NSU (1990-95) and led the Demons to three Southland Conference titles and two NCAA Regional appearances.

*Former Alabama assistant coach Mitch Gaspard is now the head coach at Northwestern State. Gaspard served as an assistant under Wells for 10 years, including seven years here at Alabama (1995-2001). This is Gaspard's first head coaching job.

*Alabama is making its first-ever trip to Natchitoches for a baseball game. The team was scheduled to play the Demons in 2001, but the game was rained out.

*Prior to the game, Northwestern State will retire Wells' jersey No. 17 in a pregame ceremony. The 1980 NSU graduate is the school's all-time winningest coach.

*After the NSU game, Alabama will close out the trip with a 6 p.m. game at Centenary at Shehee Stadium on Wednesday, April 9. The team will bus back to Tuscaloosa after the game.

*Barry Allen, Assistant Director of Media Relations, will accompany the team to Auburn this weekend, but will not be on the trip to Louisiana.

*Allen and his wife, Carla, are having their second child, Ann Olivia Allen on April 9th at DCH Medical Center in Tuscaloosa.

*Allen missed seven games during the 2001 season when his first child, Elle, was born on April 18 in Tuscaloosa.

ROAD WARRIORS

Alabama has has been pretty successful on the road in the Jim Wells era, posting an 86-81 (.515) record in 167 road games.

*In Wells' first eight years at the Capstone, the Crimson Tide has had only two losing seasons on the road (1998 and 2001).

*Alabama has won 22 of its 35 SEC road series under Wells, but has lost four in the last two years. UA dropped three road series (South Carolina, Georgia and LSU) in 2001 and lost its only road series (Florida) this season.

*Including the series loss at Florida, Alabama has lost three straight SEC road series dating back to last year.

*Overall, Alabama has lost seven of its last nine SEC road games.

*Alabama has had a losing SEC road record in each of the last three years, compiling a 20-25 (.444) ledger from 2000-02.

*The Crimson Tide closed out the 2002 season by losing five of its last six SEC road games, including a three-game sweep at LSU to end the regular season.

*Alabama snapped Florida's 14-game home winning streak with an 8-3 win in the series opener on March 21.

*Last year, Alabama posted a 10-10 (.500) road record, including a 7-9 mark in SEC play.

*Alabama did have road wins over ranked teams at Oklahoma (17-3) and South Carolina (10-6, 11 Innings).

*Alabama batted .288 (207-for-719) in 20 road games last season with 17 home runs and 114 RBI.

*The Crimson Tide averaged 6.2 runs and 10.4 hits per game last year on the road.

*Travis Garner hit .377 (26-for-69) on the road last year with four home runs and nine RBI. He also had a five-hit game at South Carolina (Mar. 29).

*The pitching staff had a 5.03 ERA on the road last year and notched three saves (175.1 IP, 203 H, 109 R, 98 ER, 49 BB, 130 K).

BAMA DROPS THIRD STRAIGHT GAME

Alabama coach Jim Wells says his team is in a "little funk". And that funk has cost the Crimson Tide its first three-game losing streak since the 2001 season (three-game sweep by LSU).

*Alabama has also lost three straight home games for the first time since 2001 (the same three-game sweep by LSU).

*The reasons are the recent slide are simple -- poor starting pitching and the lack of clutch hitting.

*Alabama has given up 30 runs (28 ER) in the last three games, an average of 10 runs per game.

*Alabama has also been ineffective with two outs, allowing the opposition to hit ..451 (23-for-51) over the last three games with two outs.

*LSU scored all 10 runs with two outs in a 10-6 win over Alabama on March 29.

*LSU second baseman Blake Gill had two hits and five RBI with two outs, including a bases loaded triple to chase Carter in the fifth inning.

*In an 11-10 loss on March 30, Alabama surrendered five two-out runs to the Tigers.

*West Alabama continued that trend, scoring all nine runs on Wednesday night with two outs en route to its first win over Alabama in 23 years.

*UWA's Scott Needs had two hits and five RBI, all with two outs, in the upset win.

*LSU and West Alabama were a combined 13-for-38 (.342) with runners in scoring position and 4-for-5 (.800) with the bases loaded in the last three games.

*The Crimson Tide has stranded 33 base runners in those three losses, too.

*UA is just 7-for-37 (.189) with runners in scoring position in the last three games.

*The offense has also contributed to the woes, collecting just one hit in nine at-bats (.111) with the bases loaded.

*Unlike the opposition, Alabama has lacked the two-out hit over during the losing streak. Bama is 8-for-35 (.229) with two outs in its last three losses.

MIDSEASON REPORT CARD

Alabama played its 28th game of the 2003 regular-season on April 2 against West Alabama, marking the midpoint of the season for the Crimson Tide.

*Alabama went 20-8 (.714) during the first half of the season.

*During those first 28 games, Alabama had a 10-game winning streak and a three-game losing streak.

*Alabama posted a 23-5 (.821) record after 28 games last season, which included a 10-game winning streak and a nine-game winning streak.

VAN WINKLE, WILLIAMS RETIRE

The Crimson Tide has lost two more players in the last eight days as juniors Brad Van Winkle and Shaud Williams have left the team.

*Van Winkle left the team and school on March 25 and moved back to California. The junior was hitting just ..283 (13-for-46) in 17 games for Alabama.

*Williams made an agonizing decision to give up baseball to focus more on his senior season in football. He informed coach Wells of his decision after the Crimson Tide's 11-10 loss to LSU on March 30. The Andrews, Texas native had played in only 10 games (.286, 2-for-7) while splitting time with football this spring. He had not played a baseball game since March 12.

MONTH OF APRIL

Alabama has posted a 98-49 (.667) record in the month of April under Jim Wells.

*The Crimson Tide went 15-2 (.882) last year in the month of April, missing the school record for wins in the month by one victory.

*UA opened the month by winning its first 10 games.

*Alabama coach Jim Wells is 162-79 (.672) in his 14-year career in the month of April.

*In addition to his record at Alabama, Wells posted a 64-30 (.681) record in five years at Northwestern State.

*The 1986 (16-6, .727) and 1989 (16-8, .667) teams won a school-record 16 games in April.

*Last year's team set the school record for highest winning percentage (.882) in the month of April with its 15-2 record.

*As a team, Alabama batted .330 (193-for-584) with 20 home runs and 125 RBI last year in April.

*The Crimson Tide pitching staff posted a 15-2 record with five saves and 3.79 ERA.

FIRST INNING

Throughout much of the 2003 season the Crimson Tide has enjoyed much success in the first inning.

*In 19 non-conference games, Alabama has enjoyed a 24-2 scoring advantage over its opposition.

*In SEC play, the story has been reversed. In nine SEC games, Alabama has been outscored 14-9 in the first inning, including a 9-0 scoring advantage by Georgia.

*Georgia scored four runs in the first inning on March 14 and took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning before a nearly three-hour rain delay. After the delay, Alabama rallied for an 8-7 win.

*On March 16, Georgia scored five first-inning runs but lost 7-5 as UA scored six runs in the sixth inning for another comeback win.

ALABAMA POWER SOURCE

The Crimson Tide has hit an SEC-leading 36 home runs this season. Florida is second on the list with 34 home runs, while LSU is third with 33 four-baggers.

*Senior right fielder Beau Hearod leads the SEC with 11 home runs in 27 games. He is two home runs ahead of Florida's C.J. Smith's second-place total of nine homers this year.

*With 11 home runs this season, Hearod is just one home run shy of his single-season high. Last year as a junior, Hearod hit 12 home runs to rank second on the Alabama team.

*Over the last two years, Hearod has 23 home runs in 88 games, or one home run every 3.82 games.

*In addition, he has 13 home runs in his last 29 games for Alabama, or one home run every 2.2 games.

*Junior shortstop Adam Pavkovich has a career high seven home runs already this season. The Venice, Fla., native hit six home runs in 65 games last year.

*Sophomore Allen Rice, who did not hit a home run last year, has five this season. Rice and Hearod lead the SEC with three home runs in SEC play.

BAMA'S RBI MACHINE

That is the way to describe senior right fielder Beau Hearod, perhaps the hottest hitter in the SEC.

*In 23 games this season, Hearod leads the SEC with 48 RBI, an average of 2.09 per game.

*The Jennings, La., native tied an Alabama record by recording 32 RBI in the first 15 games of the 2003 season.

*The 32 RBI in 15 games is the best run production by an Alabama player since David Magadan had 32 RBI in 15 games during his 1983 Golden Spikes Award season. Magadan had at least one RBI in an Alabama record 15 straight games from April 24-May 27, 1983.

*Magadan had one other 15-game stretch in 1983 where he drove in 30 runs for Alabama.

*At one point during the 1983 season, Magadan had at least one RBI in 22 of 23 games for the Crimson Tide.

WELLS SURPASSES CAMPBELL ON ALL-TIME GAMES LEADER LIST

With his 528th game as head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, coach Jim Wells has surpassed former head coach Tilden "Happy" Campbell (1935-42, 1947-63) for second place on the all-time list for game coached at the Capstone.

*Wells tied Campbell's mark with this 527th game against Centenary College on Feb. 19 in the Crimson Tide's 4-3 win.

*On Saturday, Feb. 22, Wells moved into second place ahead of Ca with his 528th all-time game in the Crimson Tide's 8-7 loss to SE Missouri State.

*Barry Shollenberger (1980-94) holds the Alabama record with 804 games.

*In addition, Wells is UA's second winningest coach with 391 career wins at the Capstone. He surpassed Campbell's second-place mark during the 2002 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional. He tied the mark with a win over Auburn (6-3) and then moved into sole possession of second place with a 7-4 win over SE Missouri State.

*Shollenberger is the school's all-time winningest coach with 487 career wins. Wells is now 96 wins shy of the school's all-time mark for career victories.

DOUBLE DIPPING

Alabama has compiled a 154-8 (.951) record under since 1995 when scoring 10 or more runs in a game.

*The Crimson Tide had won 42 consecutive games when scoring 10 or more runs prior to its 11-10 loss at home to LSU on March 30, 2003.

*Prior to this season, the last time Alabama scored double figures and lost was May 18, 2000 in an 18-12 loss to LSU at the SEC Tournament in Hoover.

*The 42-game winning streak when scoring 10 or more runs was the longest by a Jim Wells coached team. His previous best was 36 consecutive games from 1993-96 at Northwestern State (9-0) and Alabama (27-0).

*From 1998-2000, Alabama won 31 consecutive games when scoring 10 or more runs, with that streak being snapped in an 11-10 loss to Kentucky at the Joe.

*Wells opened his UA career by winning his first 27 games when scoring 10 or more runs. The 27-game winning streak was snapped with a 14-13 loss to Clemson in the 1996 College World Series elimination game.

*From 1993-96, Wells had a 36-game winning streak when his team scored double figures. Northwestern State won nine consecutive games when scoring 10 or more runs before Wells departure. Upon his arrival (1995) at Alabama, he led the Crimson Tide to a 27-game winning streak, increasing his personal streak to 36 games.

*In 1999, Alabama won all 23 games when scoring double figures.

*Alabama scored 10 or more runs in four straight games against Kentucky and Samford last season, marking the first time since the 2000 season that UA had scored double figures in four consecutive games.

ONE RUN GAMES

Alabama has compiled a 73-43 (.629) record in one-run games under Jim Wells.

*The Crimson Tide has posted a 4-4 (.500) record in one-run games this season, including three home losses to SE Missouri State (8-7), Rhode Island (7-6) and LSU (11-10).

*UA posted a 7-5 (.583) record in one-run games last year.

*The Crimson Tide posted a 14-3 (.824) record in one-run games during its 1999 College World Series run that finished third in the national tournament.

*During the 2001 season, Alabama suffered its worst season under Wells, finishing with a 32-23 record and missing post-season play for the only time in his eight-year tenure.

*Alabama's 4-10 (.286) record in one-run games, contributed heavily to the Tide's inconsistent play that year. At one point, UA lost 10 straight one-run games, including eight in a row in SEC play.

THREE STRAIGHT ONE-RUN GAMES

Alabama played three straight one-run games against Rice, Centenary and SE Missouri (Feb. 15-22) for the first time since the 2000 season.

*In those three games, Alabama posted a 2-1 record, beating No. 2 Rice and Centenary and losing to SE Missouri State.

*The last time UA played three straight one-run games was April 14-16, 2000 at Arkansas. The Crimson Tide won all three one-run games (6-5, 8-7 and 9-8) against the Razorbacks to take the SEC series.

*The Crimson Tide also played three straight one-run games at the Lake Area Classic in Lake Charles, La., during the 1994 season and lost all three games. The one-run losses were to McNeese State (7-6), Lamar (3-2) and Tulane (2-1).

*Alabama has not played four consecutive one-run games since the 1989 season. The Crimson Tide closed out the year with four straight one-run games and finished 32-24.

*Alabama ended the regular season by splitting a pair of extra inning, one-run games with No. 1 ranked Miss. State, losing 4-3 (8) and winning 5-4 (15 innings). UA also dropped two straight one-run games at the SEC Tournament to Florida (7-6) and Miss. State (11-10) in Gainesville.

*The Crimson Tide also played and lost four straight one-run games in 1987, losing to Jackson State (3-2, 11 innings) at home before being swept at Georgia (3-2, 9-8 and 8-7, 12 Innings).

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT

That could be the Crimson Tide's theme song for the 2003 season as UA has been hit 52 times in its first 28 games.

*The 52 HBPs lead the SEC. Florida is second with 50 HBPs.

*Alabama is averaging 1.86 hit by pitches per game and is on pace to shatter the school and SEC record.

*The Alabama single-season record is 70 HBPs set in 2000.

*The NCAA record is 125 HBPs set by Nevada in 1997. The Crimson Tide has fallen a little off that pace over the last couple of games.

*In a normal 60-game schedule (including four post-season games), Alabama is on pace for 120 HBPs.

*Sophomore second baseman Allen Rice leads Alabama and the SEC with 15 HBPs this season.

*The Alabama single-season record is 19 set by Jerry Shelton in 1992.

*Rice's current pace would give him 33 HBPs this season, which would set the Alabama and SEC record.

*Rice was hit three times in Alabama's 12-2 win over Georgia on Mar. 15, missing Shelton's single-game record of four HBPs set against Morehead State in 1992.

*Rice and Hecklinski were hit twice each in a win over Rhode Island on Mar. 1, 2003.

*In that 9-1 win over Rhode Island (Mar. 1), Alabama was hit a school-record seven times.

*The previous Alabama record was four hit batters in a game on three different occasions.

*Alabama pitchers hit one Rhode Island batter in the game, making eight HBPs for the game, tying for the ninth-most in NCAA history.

*All three Rhode Island pitchers hit at least one batter, including starter Mike Harris, who hit five UA batters.

*The five HBPs by Harris missed the NCAA single-game record by one.

*Matt Freisleben (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and Aaron Taylor (Hartford) share the NCAA record with six HBPs.

*Freisleben hit six Wisconsin-Parkside batters on April 7, 1999, while Taylor hit six Siena batters on March 28, 1995.

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT II

There must be something in the water for A-10 Conference pitchers as UMass hit six Alabama batters in a game on March 7.

*Redding, Scott, Hecklinski, Rice, Bush and Marshall were all hit in the series opener with UMass.

*Four different UMass pitchers hit at least one batter, with starter Eric Chown leading the way with three HBPs.

CRIMSON TIDE ROUTS MVSU

Alabama equaled its third-most lopsided shutout win in school history on Feb. 27 with a 21-0 win over Miss. Valley State in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide scored in six of the eight innings, including six runs in the fifth frame. Rice, Hearod and Pavkovich all homered to pace the Crimson Tide's season-high 19-hit attack.

*Alabama beat MVSU 19-0 last year (Mar. 12, 2002) for the fifth largest margin of victory in a shutout in school history.

*The most lopsided shutout in school history was a 27-0 win over Niagara in 1999.

MORE SHUTOUTS

Alabama's 21-0 win over Miss. Valley State on Feb. 27, marked the 26th shutout for the Crimson Tide pitching staff in the Jim Wells era.

*The win over Miss. Valley State marked the first shutout by Alabama since a 7-0 win over Auburn on April 27, 2002 also here in Tuscaloosa.

*Since 1995, Alabama has posted a 26-8 (.765) record in shutouts.

*Alabama has had at least two shutouts every year since 1995, including five in both 1995 and 1996.

*Alabama was shutout three times last year after being shutout only two times in the previous six years.

ALABAMA HITTING NOTEBOOK

*Alabama is the only team to defeat the No. 1 ranked Rice Owls this season, winning 6-5 at the Minute Maid Park College Classic (Feb. 16). Since the loss to Alabama, the Owls have won a school-record 26 straight games.

*Alabama has lost five of its last seven games entering the weekend series at Auburn.

*Since May 1, 2001, Alabama has posted a 76-24 (.760) record in its last 100 baseball games.

*Alabama suffered a 9-7 loss to West Alabama at home on April 2, marking the first time in 23 years the Tigers.

*West Alabama last won in 1980, posting a pair of 3-2 win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa and Livingston.

*Alabama has used 20 different position players and hitters this season.

*Bama has posted seven double-digit wins this season, including shutouts over Miss. Valley State and UMass.

*Alabama has eight come-from-behind wins this season and one win its last at-bat.

*Alabama is 8-1 (.889) against left-handers this season.

*Alabama is 12-7 (.632) against right-handers this season.

*The Crimson Tide is hitting 37 points higher against left-handers (.334, 109-for-326) this season than right-handers (.297, 188-for-632).

*Alabama's ..334 batting average against lefties is 25 points higher than the SEC average (.308).

*Seven of the 12 SEC teams hit better against left-handers than right-handers,

*The Crimson Tide's .334 average against lefties is second best in the SEC behind Georgia's ..360 clip.

*The Crimson Tide's .299 average versus right-handers is one point better than the league average.

*In nine SEC games, Alabama is batting .333 against left-handers, which is 67 points higher (.266) than the league average.

*The Crimson Tide is batting only ..272 against right-handers in nine SEC games, which is two points (.274) lower than the league average.

*Alabama ranks third in the SEC with 71, 2-out RBI this season.

*Alabama is batting .341 (14-for-41) with the bases loaded this season.

*Alabama had only one hit in seven at-bats against LSU with the bases loaded.

*Alabama is just one for its last nine (.111) with the bases loaded.

*In nine SEC games, Alabama is just 3-for-14 (.214) with the bases loaded, which ranks eighth in the league.

*The Crimson Tide has only one hit in its last 12 at-bats (.083) with the bases loaded in SEC play.

*Alabama is 9-6 (.600) in day games this season.

*Alabama is 11-2 (.846) in night games this year.

*Alabama is 4-4 (.500) in one-run games.

*Alabama is 2-1 (.667) in two-run games.

*Alabama pinch-hitters are 9-for-23 (.391) this season.

*Alabama leads the SEC with 36 home runs this season.

*Hearod (11), Pavkovich (7), Hecklinski (6) and Rice (5) have hit 29 (80.6 percent) of the team's 36 home runs this year.

*Alabama has homered in six straight games and 10 of its last 11 games, dating back to March 15th.

*Alabama homered in a season-high seven straight games from Feb. 22-March 2.

*Alabama has hit three home runs in a game five times this season, most recently at Florida (March 21).

*Alabama has homered in 15 of 19 home games this season.

*The Crimson Tide has also homered in four of five road games this year.

*Alabama is 8-2 (.800) this season when Beau Hearod hits a home run.

*In his three-year career at the Capstone, the Crimson Tide is 22-5 (.815) when Hearod hits a home run.

*Including his one season at Tulane, Hearod's teams are 23-5 (.821) when he hits a home run.

*Alabama has doubled in 23 of 28 games this season, including its last six in-a-row.

*The Crimson Tide doubled in a season-best 16 straight games from Feb. 19-March 16.

*UA recorded a season-high seven doubles in its win over Belmont (March 4).

*The Crimson Tide has improved on defense of late, committing only one error in the last five games. Alabama has made just two errors in the last seven games.

*The Crimson Tide has played only 10 errorless games in 2003, posting an 8-2 (.800) record in those games.

*Alabama has played back-to-back errorless games only three times this season.

*Alabama has made six errors in a game twice this year and won both games.

*Alabama made six errors in its 9-4 win over SE Missouri State (Feb. 24) and in its 8-7 win over Georgia (Mar. 14).

*Alabama has three outfield assists this season, including two by Hearod and one by Hecklinski.

*Alabama coach Jim Wells notched his 150th career SEC win with an 8-7 come-from-behind thriller over Georgia (Mar. 14).

*Alabama is now 42-26 (.618) all-time in SEC openers, including a 7-2 (.778) mark under coach Wells.

*Alabama scored a season-high 21 runs in its win over Miss. Valley State on Feb. 27, the most runs by the Crimson Tide since 26-7 win at Kentucky on Mar. 18, 2001.

*Alabama collected a season high 19 hits in wins over Miss. Valley State (Feb. 27) and Belmont (March 4).

*Alabama managed only three hits in its win over Centenary (Feb. 19), its lowest hit total since the 2000 season.

*The last time Alabama was held to three hits came in a 6-5 win at Arkansas on April 14, 2000.

*It's interesting to note that Alabama has won each of the last two games when recording three hits. Centenary out hit Alabama 10-3 on Feb. 19, while Arkansas had a 12-3 advantage during the 2000 season.

PITCHING NOTEBOOK

*The Crimson Tide has used 11 different pitchers this season, including five newcomers.

*Alabama has allowed three earned runs or less in 18 of 28 starts (.643) this season.

*Alabama has recorded two shutouts this season, including a 21-0 win over Miss. Valley State (Feb. 27) and a 12-0 win over UMass (Mar. 9). UA lost its bid for a third shutout against Georgia (Mar. 15) with two outs in the 8th inning.

*UA pitchers have walked two batters or less in 16 of 28 (.571) games this season.

*The Crimson Tide pitching staff has the second best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the SEC this season (3.5). Arkansas has the SECs best (4.0) strikeout-to-walk ratio.

*Alabama went 25 innings without a walk from Feb. 23-Feb. 28.

*Alabama walked a season-high seven batters in its 6-3 win over Louisiana Tech (Mar. 12).

*Alabama's 3.61 staff ERA is the highest since Feb. 22nd (3.89).

*Alabama has lost four of its last seven games.

*UA has lost four of its last five SEC games.

*Alabama pitchers have allowed 30 runs (28 ER) in the last three games, losing 10-6 and 11-10 to LSU (Mar. 29-30) and 9-7 to West Alabama (April 2).

*Alabama has posted a 9.33 ERA during its three-game losing streak.

*The 30 runs allowed over the last three games are the most surrendered by Alabama since the 2000 season. During the 2000 season, Tennessee scored 38 runs in a three-game series against Alabama at the Joe, wining the final two games.

*Opponents left-handers are batting ..247 against Alabama pitchers, seven points (.254) below the SEC average.

*In nine SEC games, left-handers are batting ..243 against Alabama, 37 points less than the SEC average (.280).

*Also right-handers hit .250 against UA pitchers, five points less than the league (.255) average.

*In nine league games, right-handers are batting .291 against the UA staff, 24 points higher (.267) than the SEC average

*Alabama opponents are batting .279 (31-for-111) with two outs against the Crimson Tide in league play this season. UA ranks 10th the league in that category.


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