Baseball Notebook

Al Hecklinski was the Player of the Week and Brent Carter the Pitcher of the Week for Alabama's baseball team last week. This week, after a mid-week game against South Alabama, the Tide of Coach Jim Wells must prepare for a key Southeastern Conference series at Mississippi.

OVERALL RECORD: 25-11 (.694)

SEC RECORD: 8-7 (.533) (T5th SEC West, Overall)

LAST WEEK: 4-1

April 8 at Northwestern State W 12-8

April 9 at Centenary W 11-9

April 11 Kentucky W 8-7

April 12 Kentucky L 5-3

April 13 Kentucky W 4-1

THIS WEEK

April 16 South Alabama 6:30 PM

April 18 at Ole Miss 6:30 PM

April 19 at Ole Miss 4 PM

April 20 at Ole Miss 1:30 PM

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

24 Al Hecklinski (DH, Senior, Birmingham)

Stats: 5 G, .409 (9-for-22), 5 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, .818 Slugging Pct., 1-1 SB

vs. NSU 1 G, 3-for-5 (.600), HR 3 RBI, 3 R

vs. Cent 1 G, 1-for-4 (.250), 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R

vs. UK 3 G, .385 (5-for-13), R, 2 2B, HR, 8 RBI, .769 Slugging Pct.

*Eighth inning solo home run gave UA a 12-6 lead at Northwestern State

*Collected game-winning three-run double in a five-run 8th inning to give UA an 11-9 win at Centenary

*Accounted for all three RBI in 5-3 loss to Kentucky on April 12

*Collected two hits and three RBI in UA's 4-1 series-clinching win over UK on April 13.

*Hecklinski's fourth inning single tied the game at 1-1 in the 4th inning

*He added a two-run double in the fifth for the eventual 4-1 lead and win

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

39 Brent Carter (LHP, Sophomore, Americus, Georgia)

Stats: 2 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1-0, 1.80 ERA, 10 IP, 8 H, 3 E, 2 ER, BB, 7 K

vs. UK Won 4-1, CG, 9 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

*Tossed team-high third complete game of the season as UA posted series-clinching win over Kentucky at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

*Allowed one unearned run and six hits (five singles) in nine innings to snap a personal four-game losing streak

*Carter also added six strikeouts and no walks in UA's first SEC series win since Mar. 14-16

*Carter posted his first win since beating Georgia, 12-2, on March 15

*During his personal 4-game losing streak, Carter allowed 28 runs and 32 hits in losses to Florida, LSU, Auburn and West Alabama

ALABAMA NOTEBOOK

*Alabama's series win over Kentucky (W 8-7, L 5-3, W 4-1) was just its second SEC series win of the season after losing its last three series (at Florida, LSU and at Auburn). The UK series win was the first since sweeping Georgia (Mar. 14-16) in Tuscaloosa.

*Alabama's win over Kentucky in the series finale snapped a three-game Sunday losing streak in SEC games. All three of those losses were by one run.

*Alabama has won five of its last seven games since a season-high four-game losing streak (March 30-April 4).

*Alabama opened the season with a 15-3 record, but has posted a 7-8 record dating back to March 22.

*The Crimson Tide has trailed in 11 consecutive games, dating back to a 10-6 loss to LSU on March 30. The last time Alabama did not trail was a 4-2 win over LSU on March 29.

*Alabama has 12 come-from-behind wins this season, accounting for almost half its win total. UA had two comeback wins this weekend against Kentucky. In addition, Alabama has two wins this year in its final at bat.

*Alabama has played 11 one-run games this season and has posted a 6-5 record in those games.

*The Crimson Tide did not hit a home run in the series finale against Kentucky snapping a streak of six straight games with at least one home run. Dating back to March 15, Alabama has homered in 16 of its last 19 games.

*Alabama made five errors in its 11-9 win at Centenary on April 9, marking the third time this season UA has committed five or more errors in a game and won. UA made six errors in a 9-4 win over SE Missouri State (Feb. 24) and added six more errors in its 8-7 win over Georgia (March 14).

*Seth Johnson (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season against Kentucky on April 12.

*Freshman outfielder Brandon Avalos has hit safely in nine consecutive games, which includes all but one game in which he has batted this year. During the streak, Avalos is batting .306 (11-for-36) with four doubles, six RBI and nine runs scored.

*Senior DH Al Hecklinski has hit safely in eight consecutive games, his longest of the season. During the streak, Hecklinski is batting .353 (12-for-34) with three home runs and eight RBI. In addition, he has added 11 runs scored and 14 RBI.

*Hecklsinski's 14 RBI in his last eight games is 40 percent of season RBI total (35 RBI).

*Freshman catcher Charlie Lyons has a seven-game hitting streak, where he is batting .439 (7-for-16) with four runs scored.


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