Tide takes first Regional game

The Alabama Crimson Tide (38-22) won its fifth straight game with an impressive 9-3 win over the Houston Cougars (32-28) in first round action at the 2003 NCAA College Station (Texas) Regional, hosted by Texas A&M.

Game Notes

  • Alabama has won five straight games and six of its last seven games overall. The Crimson Tide has won all five post-season games.
  • All of the Crimson Tide's post-season wins have avenged regular season losses to previous opponents. Alabama lost SEC regular-season series to South Carolina (0-3), Auburn (1-2) and LSU (1-2), but beat all three teams last week -- including Auburn twice -- to win the 2003 SEC Tournament Championship. The Crimson Tide's 9-3 win today over the Cougars avenged a 7-2 loss to UH on Feb. 15, 2003 at the Minute Maid Park College Classic in Houston.
  • With the win, Alabama will play a 2 p.m. (CT) winner's bracket game on Saturday, May 31 against Texas A&M or Oral Roberts.
  • Alabama improves to 13-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament openers, including a 6-2 (.750) mark under Jim Wells.
  • The Crimson Tide collected five runs and eight hits off Houston ace and potential first-rounder Brad Sullivan, who was charged with the loss. UA scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning off Sullivan, highlighted by Adam Pavkovich's two-run home run, his 11th of the season.
  • UH starter Brad Sullivan (6-7) lasted only 4 2/3 innings in the loss to Alabama and threw 106 pitches. The Nederland, Texas, native entered the game with 149 strikeouts this season, but had only three against Alabama.
  • Alabama left-hander Brent Carter (10-5) tossed his SEC-leading sixth complete game of the 2003 season, working nine innings and allowing just three runs and eight hits. After watching UA take a 3-0 lead in the first inning, Carter allowed three runs on five hits in top of the second inning as UH tied the game. After the 18-pitch second inning, Carter limited the Cougars to just three more hits over the final 7 2/3 innings, including four innings of no-hit baseball.
  • Carter allowed three runs and eight hits en route to hits 10th win of the season, with eight strikeouts and no walks.
  • With the win, Carter tied the Alabama single-season record for most wins by a sophomore pitcher, joining Jonathan Blankenship (1999) and Pete Fisher (1997) for the sophomore record.
  • Carter's eight strikeouts gives him 105 strikeouts this season, the second-highest single-season total in Alabama history. The Americus, Ga., native started the day 10th on the school's single-season strikeouts list and finished the day in second place. Former Houston Astros left-hander and current Shelton State CC head coach Bobby Sprowl is Alabama's single-season strikeout leader with 118 strikeouts in 1977.
  • Carter's 105 strikeouts this season are the most by an Alabama sophomore, surpassing the previous record of 102 strikeouts by Al Drumheller in 1992.
  • With his sixth complete game of the season, Carter is now third on the Alabama single-season charts for most innings pitched with 122 2/3 innings this season. He trails Heath Henderson's (1997) second place total of 124 1/3 innings by 1 1/3 innings. Lance Cormier (2002) holds the single-season record with 129 innings pitched set last year. Carter needs 6 2/3 innings to break that record.
  • Sophomore first baseman Zac Welch extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a first-inning single today against UH.
  • Senior center fielder Travis Garner had two hits and scored one run in the win for Alabama.
  • Senior right fielder Beau Hearod reached base four times today, including a single, two walks and one HBP.
  • Freshman catcher Charlie Lyons reached base four times in the win over Houston, including a double, two walks and one HBP.
  • Junior left fielder Ryan Beagle had one hit and two RBI in the win over UH.

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