Bama baseball notebook

Alabama will close out the 2003 regular-season with four games this week against Jacksonville State (May 13) and Mississippi State (May 16-18).

Overall Record: 32-19 (.627)

SEC Record: 13-14 (.481) (T5th West, T6th Overall)

Last Week's Results: 0-3

May 6 Birmingham Southern PPD, Rain
May 9 South Carolina L, 2-1
May 10 South Carolina L, 9-6
May 11 South Carolina L, 5-1

This Week's Schedule

Tue, May 13 Jacksonville State 6:30 PM
Fri, May 16 at Mississippi State 6:30 PM
Sat, May 17 at Mississippi State 2 PM
Sun, May 18 at Mississippi State 1:30 PM

Alabama Baseball Notebook

  • Alabama heads to Starkville facing a must-win situation this weekend in order to keep its post-season hopes alive. Five teams are still in contention to make the SEC Tournament entering the final weekend. Tennessee, Alabama and Arkansas are tied for sixth, while Florida is 1 1/2 games back in ninth place and Vanderbilt is two games back in 10th place.
  • The Crimson Tide faced a similar situation in its last visit to Dudy Noble Field needing wins for a post-season run and came away with the series win in 2001. Alabama won the series that year and captured five of its last six SEC games to finish in the Top 8 in the league, but missed the tournament on a tie-breaker.
  • Alabama's series win over MSU during the 2001 season was its first in Starkville since taking two of three from the No. 1 ranked Bulldogs during their 1989 SEC Championship season.
  • Alabama won all four meetings with Miss. State last year and has posted an 11-2 record against State since the 1999 post-season.
  • The Crimson Tide enters the final weekend with a 13-14 SEC record and finds itself in a three-way tie with Arkansas and Tennessee for sixth place in the overall league standings. The top eight teams make the 2003 SEC Tournament next week in Hoover.
  • Alabama has never had a losing SEC record under Jim Wells and must win two games at Dudy Noble Field this weekend to keep that streak alive. The Crimson Tide's worst SEC record under Wells was a 15-15 ledger during the 2001 season. During that year, Alabama and Auburn tied for the final SEC Tournament spot, but Auburn won the tie-breaker as a result of its series sweep over Bama.
  • The Crimson Tide has made the SEC Tournament in seven of the eight years under Coach Wells, with the 2001 season being the lone exception.
  • The Crimson Tide has lost five consecutive games for the first time under Jim Wells and is just 1-6 (.143) in its last seven games, dating back to April 30th. The Crimson Tide is 1-5 (.167) in the month of May.
  • During its current five-game losing streak, Alabama's offense has been anything but stellar as the team is batting just .236 (38-for-15) with four home runs and 14 RBI, while averaging just 3.0 runs and 7.4 hits per game.
  • Senior center fielder Travis Garner has paced the UA offense during the five-game losing streak, hitting .529 (9-for-17) with six runs, one home run and one RBI. The rest of the team is batting .201 (29-for-144) in the last five games.
  • The pitching staff deserves its share of blame, too. In those five games the staff has allowed 33 runs and 51 hits in 43 innings for a 6.07 ERA.
  • In its last seven games, UA is batting only .211 (47-for-223) with five home runs and 22 RBI, while averaging 3.3 runs and 6.7 hits per game.
  • Once again, Garner has been the Crimson Tide's lone consistent hitter during the last two weeks, hitting .478 (11-for-23) over his last seven games. The remainder of the UA team is just 36-for-200 (.180) since April 30th.
  • The pitching staff has allowed 33 runs and 70 hits in 61 innings over the last seven games for a 5.31 ERA.
  • Sophomore lefty Brent Carter has the lone win since April 30 and pitched well enough to win his last start against South Carolina, where he allowed two solo home runs and six hits in a 2-1 loss to Gamecocks on May 9. In his last two starts, Carter is 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA (16.2 IP, 13 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 16 K) for the Tide.
  • Junior right-hander Jared Woodward is the only other UA pitcher with any consistency during the last two weeks, allowing just three earned runs in 10 innings in his last two appearance for a 2.70 ERA.
  • Alabama also enters the week having lost its last five SEC games, its longest losing streak since dropping eight straight conference games in 2001.
  • The Crimson Tide has also not won an SEC road series this season, losing all four its has played against No. 21 Florida, No. 6 Auburn, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Dating back to last year, Alabama has lost six straight SEC road series.
  • Garner is also riding a 15-game hitting streak, his second-longest of the 2003 season and the second-longest by an Alabama player this year. During the streak, Garner is hitting .458 (27-for-59) with 19 runs, three doubles, one triple, one home run and five RBI. The senior also had an 18-game hitting streak earlier this year (Feb. 28-April 2), which is the second-longest streak in the SEC this year.
  • The Sturgis, Miss., native has hit safely in 41 of 44 games for the Crimson Tide since Feb. 28th. Overall, he has hit safely in 45 of his 49 games this season.

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