Bama baseball notebook

Alabama will host UAB (April 23) and Arkansas (April 25-27) this week at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide has won three straight over the Blazers, including a 15-8 win at Young Memorial Field (Mar. 26) earlier this year.

Alabama won two of three at Arkansas last year and has won seven straight series with Arkansas, dating back to 1996.

Bama's Overall Record: 27-13 (.675)

Bama's SEC Record: 9-9 (.500) (6th West, T6th Overall)

Last Week's Results: 2-2

April 16 No. 29 South Alabama W 17-16 April 18 at Ole Miss L 10-2 April 19 at Ole Miss W 7-3 April 20 at Ole Miss L 8-3

This Week's Schedule

Wed, April 23 UAB 6:30 PM
Fri, April 25 Arkansas 6:30 PM
Sat, April 26 Arkansas 4 PM
Sun, April 27 Arkansas 2 PM

Player of the Week Nomination

#11 Travis Garner (OF, Senior, Sturgis, Mississippi)

Stats: 4 G, 10-for-19 (.526), 7 R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
vs. USA 1 G, 5-for-6 (.833), 3 R, 2B, RBI
vs. Miss 3 G, 5-for-13 (.385), 4 R, RBI, 2 BB

  • Tied the Alabama single game record with five hits in 17-16 win over South Alabama (April 16)
  • Garner's five-hit game was the 23rd time in school history a player had recorded five hits
  • Garner was the last UA player to record five hits in a game, going 5-for-5 with a home run at South Carolina on March 30, 2002
  • With two five-hit games, Garner is one of just four UA player to record record multiple five-hit games in a career. Andy Phillips and David Magadan hold the Alabama record with three career five hit games, while Jeremy Brown added two five-hit games in his four-year career
  • Garner scored the only two runs for Alabama in a 10-2 loss at Ole Miss in the series opener
  • Also reached base three times and scored two runs in UA's 7-3 win in game two of the series in Oxford.
  • For the season, Garner has played in 38 games and is batting .349 (53-for-152) with one home run and 18 RBI. He has also added 38 runs, nine doubles, one triple and 12-16 stolen bases
  • In 18 SEC games, Garner is Alabama's leading hitter for the second straight year. In those 18 games, he is batting .342 (25-for-73) with one home run and eight RBI. He has also added 22 runs and five doubles this season in league play.

Pitcher of the Week Nomination

#25 Brian Reed (RHP, Senior, Amory, Mississippi)

Stats: 3 G, 0-0, 2 Saves, 0.00 ERA, 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
vs. USA (Save) 0.2-2-0-0-0-1
vs. Miss (Save) 1.2-0-0-0-0-1
vs. Miss (ND) 1.0-1-0-0-1-0

  • Reed recorded two saves this week for the Crimson Tide to become the school's all-time saves leader, joining Troy Brauchle (1983-84) and Greg Hibbard (1985-86) with 19 career saves.
  • Reed escaped a bases loaded jam in the ninth inning of the Crimson Tide's 17-16 win over No. 29 South Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Alabama led 17-10 entering the 9th inning but saw the Jags score six runs before Reed got a pop up to end the game at notch his 9th save of the year and 18th of his career
  • In a 7-3 win over Ole Miss, Reed escaped another bases loaded jam in the eighth inning to preserve a four-run lead. Reed came on with the bases loaded and one out and struck out leadoff batter Jonathan Swearengin and then got Seth Smith to hit a harmless ground ball to second base as the Rebels left the bases loaded. He retired Ole Miss in order in the ninth on just four pitches for the record-tying save.
  • In 21 appearances this year, Reed has compiled a 2-1 record with 10 saves and 2.58 ERA. The senior has worked 38.1 innings and allowed 33 hits, 12 runs, 11 earned runs, 10 walks and 32 strikeouts for the Tide.
  • In 10 SEC appearances, Reed is 2-1 with three saves and 2.92 ERA. He has worked 24.2 innings and allowed 20 hits, eight runs, eight earned runs, eight walks and 21 strikeouts.

Baseball Notebook

  • The Crimson Tide has won three of four series from the Razorbacks in Tuscaloosa since 1995. Overall, Alabama has won nine straight games with Arkansas in Tuscaloosa, dating back to 1995. Arkansas posted a 10-0 win last year in Fayetteville to snap Alabama's 13-game series winning streak that dated back to 1998.
  • Alabama has lost four SEC series this season, including setbacks to Florida, LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss. Dating back to last year, Alabama has lost six of its last nine SEC series.
  • Alabama has not won an SEC road series this season, losing at No. 21 Florida, No. 6 Auburn and Ole Miss. Dating back to last year, Alabama has lost five straight SEC road series (Georgia and LSU).
  • Alabama suffered its third consecutive series loss to Ole Miss this past weekend. The Crimson Tide has not won a series from the Rebels since the 2000 season. UA has not won a series in Oxford since a three-game sweep in 1997. Since 1992, Ole Miss has won nine of the last 12 series with Alabama.
  • The Crimson Tide has not fared well in rubber games in the SEC this season. The Ole Miss series marked the fifth straight weekend the Crimson Tide has played a rubber game in SEC play, losing four of those five games. Alabama lost the series-clinching game at Florida (6-5), LSU (11-10), at Auburn (7-6) and at Ole Miss (8-3). The lone win was a 4-1 victory at home against Kentucky.
  • Alabama has seen a decline in its defense of late, committing nine errors in four games last week, including four errors in its 8-3 loss at Ole Miss on April 20. The Crimson Tide has made at least one error in 10 of its last 12 games, for a total of 23 errors. Overall, Alabama has 60 errors in 40 games this season for a .961 fielding clip.
  • On a positive note, Alabama had three outfield assists last week, including two in a loss at Ole Miss on April 18. All three outfielders -- Avalos, Garner and Hearod -- had one outfield assist last week for the Crimson Tide.
  • Alabama has ranked last in the SEC much of the 2003 season in fewest double plays turned. That figure has improved of late as the Crimson Tide has turned at least one double play in a season-high six straight games. With eight double plays in its last six games, Alabama has now turned 23 double plays this season. UA turned a season-high three double plays in its 17-16 win over South Alabama on April 16.
  • Senior centerfielder Travis Garner tied the Alabama single game record with five hits in 17-16 win over South Alabama (April 16). Garner's five-hit game was the 23rd time in school history a player had recorded five hits. Garner was also the last UA player to record five hits in a game, going 5-for-5 with a home run at South Carolina on March 30, 2002.
  • With two five-hit games, Garner is one of just four UA player to record record multiple five-hit games in a career. Andy Phillips and David Magadan hold the Alabama record with three career five hit games, while Jeremy Brown added two five-hit games in his four-year career.
  • Senior closer Brian Reed recorded two saves last week for the Crimson Tide to become the school's all-time saves leader, joining Troy Brauchle (1983-84) and Greg Hibbard (1985-86) with 19 career saves. Reed has 10 saves in 21 appearances this season.
  • Senior right fielder Beau Hearod smacked his 15th home run of the 2003 season on April 20 at Ole Miss. Through 40 games, Hearod leads Alabama with a .367 (56-for-150) average, 15 home runs and 58 RBI. He also leads the SEC with 15 home runs and 58 RBI.
  • Junior shortstop Adam Pavkovich recorded two sacrifice bunts this past week, making him the school's all-time leader in that category with 22 career sacrifice bunts. Nate Duncan (1995-97) previously held the record with 21 sac bunts. Pavkovich tied the all-time record against South Alabama and then broke the record in a 7-3 win over Ole Miss on April 19. Pavkovich has seven sac bunts this season and tied the single-season school record with 12 bunts last year.

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