Pre-SECs baseball notebook

Alabama qualified for the 2003 SEC Tournament this past weekend in Starkville, its eighth trip to the post-season in nine years under Coach Jim Wells. Alabama tied Vanderbilt and Arkansas for sixth place in the SEC, but because of tie-breakers will be seeded No. 7 at this year's tourney. <br><br>This will be UA's lowest seeding under Wells.

Alabama's Overall Record: 33-22 (.600)

Alabama's SEC Record: 14-16 (.467) (T5th West, T6th Overall)

Last Week's Results: 1-3

May 13 Jacksonville State L, 5-3
May 16 at Mississippi State L, 11-8
May 17 at Mississippi State W, 15-7
May 18 at Mississippi State L, 9-1

This Week's Schedule (at SEC Tournament)

Wed, May 21 Alabama vs. South Carolina 1 PM
Thu, May 22 Alabama vs. Auburn/Vandy 10 AM or 5 PM

Alabama Baseball Notebook

  • Alabama is the defending SEC Tournament champion after last year's 6-2 win over South Carolina in the championship game. The Crimson Tide and Gamecocks will stage a rematch of last year's title game when they meet in the first round this Wednesday, May 21 at 1 p.m. (CT).
  • The Alabama-South Carolina game marks just the second time in SEC Tournament history that the previous year's championship game participants will meet in the first round. The only other time this happened was 2000-2001 when LSU beat Florida 9-6 for the 2000 Tournament title and then the teams met the following year in first-round action.
  • The Crimson Tide and Gamecocks met two weeks ago (May 9-11) in Tuscaloosa, with USC sweeping the three-game series (W 2-1, W 9-6, W 5-1) for its first-ever series win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
  • This year's first-round SEC Tournament game will mark the fourth time these two teams have met in the post-season. In addition to its two SEC Tourney meetings, Alabama and South Carolina met twice at the 1986 Atlantic Regional in Coral Gables, Fla., with both teams winning one game each. The Crimson Tide holds a 2-1 lead over the Gamecocks in the previous three post-season meetings.
  • Alabama is making its 17th SEC Tournament appearance since the tourney format was adopted in 1977. UA has compiled a 30-24 (.566) in those 54 games and has won six post-season championships (1983, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2002).
  • Alabama head coach Jim Wells has compiled a 26-8 (.765) SEC Tournament record, including five post-season championships. Wells has led Alabama to an 18-6 (.750) record in SEC Tournament games at the Hoover Met, including three championships (1996, 1999 and 2002).
  • Coach Wells five SEC Tournament championships rank second all-time in SEC history to former LSU coach Skip Bertman's six SEC Tourmament titles.
  • The Crimson Tide's 15-7 win over Miss. State on May 17 snapped a seven-game losing streak, the longest under coach Wells and longest since an eight-game losing skid in 1984.
  • Senior right fielder Beau Hearod, junior shortstop Adam Pavkovich and sophomore second baseman Allen Rice are the only Alabama players to start all 55 games this season.
  • Hearod smacked his 20th home run of the season at Miss. State on May 17 to become the 12th player in school history with 20 home runs in a single-season. Aaron Clark (20 HR) was the last player to hit 20 homers in 2001.
  • In addition, Hearod became the fourth player in school history to amass 40 home runs, 200 hits nad 200 RBI in a career joining Andy Phillips (1996-99), G.W. Keller (1997-99) and Jeremy Brown (1999-2002). In 203 career games, Hearod is batting .312 (220-for-704) with 41 home runs and 200 RBI.
  • Pavkovich leads the Alabama team with 22 doubles this season, tying the single-season school record for doubles by a shortstop. Andy Phillips also had 22 doubles as a shortstop in 1999.
  • Senior center fielder Travis Garner had his 18-game hitting streak snapped in the series finale at Miss. State (May 18). The Sturgis, Miss., naitve has had two, 18-game hitting streaks this season, the second longest in the SEC. LSU's Ivan Nacaratta owns the league's longest hitting streak at 19 games this season. For the season, Garner is batting a team-best .371 (78-for-210) with two home runs and 26 RBI in 53 games. Garner has hit safely in 48 of those 53 games this season.
  • Freshman third baseman Evan Bush had three RBI in then final two games of the Miss. State series, giving him 11 RBI this season. Bush had a bases-loaded, two-run double in the first inning of UA's 15-7 win over MSU on May 17th, his first RBI since Feb. 24th. He added a sacrifice fly in the series finale, accouting for the Tide's lone run in a 9-1 loss.
  • The Crimson Tide lost all five SEC road series this season and have lost seven straight, dating back to last year.
  • MSU beat Alabama 9-1 in the series finale on Sunday, dropping the Crimson Tide to 1-6 (.143) in rubber games of an SEC series this year.

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