Bama baseball notes

Alabama has posted a 10-3 (.769) record since April 8 and has won four straight games, its third-longest winning streak of the season.

During its four-game winning streak, Alabama is batting .366 (53-for-145) with four home runs and 39 RBI, while averaging 10.5 runs and 13.3 hits per game.

The pitching staff has been equally impressive, posting four wins, two saves and a 2.0 ERA (36 IP, 26 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 46 K).

Overall Record: 31-13 (.705)

SEC Record: 12- 9 (.600) (T4th West, T4th Overall)

Last Week's Results: 4-0

April 23 UAB W 12-1
April 25 No. 15 Arkansas W 10-2
April 26 No. 15 Arkansas W 6-3
April 27 No. 15 Arkansas W 14-2

This Week's Schedule

April 30 Samford 6:30 PM
May 2 at Tennessee 7 PM (ET)
May 3 at Tennessee 7 PM (ET) (CSS)
May 4 at Tennessee 2 PM (ET)

Player of the Week

# 12 Zac Welch (1B, Sophomore, Wellington, Ala.)

Stats: 4 G, 10-for-16 (.625), 5 R, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB
UAB: 1 G, 3-for-3 (1.000), R, RBI 2 BB
Arkansas: 3 G, 7-for-13 (.538), 4 R, 2B, 2 RBI

  • Welch hit safely in all four games for Alabama last week, including a team-best three, three-hit games
  • Welch recorded three hits in wins over UAB (April 23) and Arkansas (Arpil 25 and April 27)
  • In Alabama's win over UAB, Welch reached base all five times, including three hits and two walks
  • Picked up three more hits and scored two runs in UA's series-opening 10-2 win over Arkansas. Welch collected an RBI single in the first inning, singled and scored in a four-run third inning and doubled and scored in the sixth
  • Welch's lone hit in the Crimson Tide's 6-3 over the Razorbacks on Saturday was a seventh inning two -out single that keyed a six-run rally. Down to his last strike, Welch singled up the middle to start the game-winning rally. Alabama scored six runs on six hits after the base hit, including a school-record five doubles in the winning seventh inning
  • Added three more hits in the series finale as Alabama posted its most lopsided win in history over Arkansas. He picked up the second hit and scored the second run in UA's nine-run, nine-hit fourth inning that helped Alabama to its fourth straight home sweep over Arkansas.
  • For the season, Welch has played in 42 games. He is the Crimson Tide's fourth-leading hitter. The sophomore is batting .348 (55-fro-158) with three home runs and 35 RBI. Welch has added 27 runs, 10 doubles and 14 walks.

Pitcher of the Week

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

Stats: 1 G, 1 GS, 1-0, 2.00 ERA, 9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 14 K

  • Sophomore left-hander Brent Carter recorded a career-high 14 strikeouts in leading the Crimson Tide to a 10-2 series-opening win over the No. 15 Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday, April 25 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
  • The left-hander limited the Razorbacks to two runs and six hits en route to his SEC-leading fourth complete game of the 2003 season.
  • The win was Carter's third straight win for Alabama and his team-leading seventh of the 2003 season.
  • After allowing a one-out bunt single and double in the first inning, Carter escaped without further damage and then proceeded to retire the next 14 Arkansas batters in order before Scott Hode's lead off single in the sixth inning.
  • He shutout the Hogs through six innings before allowing a leadoff home to Ryan Fox in the seventh inning after UA had built a 10-0 lead. Arkansas scored one more run in the eighth inning and had runners at second and third with no outs, before Carter retired the next three hitters, including two strikeouts.
  • Carter struck out the side in the ninth inning as he ended the game with five consecutive strikeouts.
  • He also struck out the side in the fourth inning and had five strikeouts in six batters in the third and fourth innings.
  • Carter's 14 strikeouts are the most by an SEC pitcher this season. The previous high was 12 strikeouts by four different hurlers.
  • Carter's performance set the tone for the weekend as UA starters worked into the eighth inning in all three games. For the weekend, Alabama pitchers recorded 32 strikeouts against the Razorbacks.
  • For the season, Carter has compiled a 7-4 record and 3.51 ERA in 14 appearances (11 starts). Carter has worked a team-high 82 innings and allowed 32 earned runs and 75 hits. Carter also has the Tide's best strikeout to walk ratio, recording 69 strikeouts and only 11 walks. He leads the team and SEC with four CGs.

Alabama Baseball Notebook

  • Sophomore first baseman Zac Welch (.625, 10-for-16, 3 RBI) and senior DH Al Hecklinski (.533, 8-for-15, HR, 7 RBI) are a combined 18-for-31 (.581) in the last four games with one home run and 10 RBI. Welch hit safely in all four games and recorded three, three-hit games.
  • The Alabama pitching staff had an exceptional week last week, posting four wins, two saves and 2.00 ERA. The staff allowed only eight runs in four games and recorded 46 strikeouts in 36 innings. Brent Carter had a career-high 14 strikeouts in the series opener with Arkansas, while Jeffrey Norris (7) and Jared Woodward (6) combined for 13 strikeouts in a midweek win over UAB.
  • Alabama pitchers had four quality starts (6 IP, 3 ER or less) last week, marking the first time this season to the Tide has had four consecutive quality starts.
  • Alabama head coach Jim Wells notched his 400th win at Alabama in the Crimson Tide's 10-2 win over Arkansas in the series opener. In nine years at Alabama, Wells has compiled a 402-165 (.709) record. Overall, Wells is 594-254 (.701) in 14 seasons at the Division I level.
  • Wells is also six wins shy of his 600th career win. He will also coach his 850th career game this Friday night at Tennessee.
  • Senior right-hander Brian Reed broke a 17-year school record by notching his 20th career save in the Crimson Tide's 6-3 win over the Razorbacks on April 26. Reed entered the game with two runners on base and one out in the eighth inning with Bama holding a 6-3 lead. He retired the next two batters in order to escape the jam and then retired three of the four batters he faced in the ninth, with Ryan Fox (HBP) reaching base with two outs.
  • Reed's 20th career save surpassed the previous school record of 19 saves held by Troy Bruachle (1983-84) and Greg Hibbard (1985-86).
  • Alabama recorded a school-record five doubles in the seventh inning of its 6-3 win over Arkansas on April 26th. The Crimson Tide scored all six runs and recorded all six hits with two outs, including doubles by Nathan Meiners, Ryan Beagle, Travis Garner, Allen Rice and Adam Pavkovich. The five doubles broke the previous record of four two-base hits set six times, most recently against Kentucky at the SEC Tournament in 1996.
  • Junior RHP Seth Johnson recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts in the Crimson Tide's 14-2 win over Arkansas on April 27th.
  • Junior catcher Bobby Burns had a career-high three hits, including his first career two home run game in the series finale against the Hogs.
  • In the first two wins over Arkansas, Alabama scored 13 of 16 runs and recorded 15 of 21 hits with two outs. UA entered the weekend with the SEC's third-worst batting average with two outs.
  • On the flip side, UA opponents are just 3-for-36 (.083) with two outs over the last four games. Arkansas managed just three hits 27 at-bats (.111) with two outs while UAB was 0-for-9 last Wednesday with two outs.
  • Alabama will host Samford this Wednesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide beat Samford 3-2 on March 19 at Joe Lee Griffin Field in Birmingham for its 15th consecutive win over the Bulldogs, the second-longest active winning streak over a non-conference opponent.
  • Alabama travels to Tennessee next weekend, seeking its first road series win of the 2003 season. Alabama has lost all three SEC road series this year (3-6) and five in a row (4-11) dating back to last year. Alabama has not won a series with Tennessee in Knoxville since 1997.
  • The Crimson Tide defeated the Vols four times last year, including a three-game SEC sweep in Tuscaloosa. UT was one of four teams Alabama beat four or more times last year, including Florida (5-1), Auburn (4-0) and Miss. State (4-0).

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