Bama weekly baseball notebook

Alabama head coach Jim Wells is coaching his 600th game with the Crimson Tide this Wednesday, March 10 against Southern Miss.

Bama's Overall Record: 10-4 (.714)

Last Week's Record: 2-2 (.500)

Last Week's Scores

March 3 Alabama 5, UAB 3
March 5 Louisiana Tech 6, Alabama 1 (Gent Classic, Shreveport)
March 6 Alabama 12, Centenary 0 (Gent Classic, Shreveport)
March 7 Kansas State 2, Alabama 1 (Gent Classic, Shreveport)

This Week's Schedule

March 10 vs. Southern Miss (6:30 PM)
March 12 vs. SE Missouri State (6:30 PM)
March 13 vs. SE Missouri State (4 PM)
March 14 vs. SE Missouri State (2 PM)

Pitcher of the Week Nomination: Wade LeBlanc

#23 (Fr., Lake Charles, La.) Stats: 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 Shutout, 1-0, 0.00 ERA - 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
  • The freshman left-hander threw the first complete game shutout of his young Alabama career as the Crimson Tide blanked Centenary College 12-0 in second round action of the Gent Classic this weekend in Shreveport.
  • LeBlanc needed only 105 pitches to hurl the complete-game gem in front of number of family member, friends and high school teammates as he pitched just four hours north of his hometown.
  • It was the first complete game of the season for an Alabama pitcher.
  • The complete-game shutout was the first by an Alabama pitcher since Lance Cormier threw a complete-game, one-hitter in the Crimson Tide's 12-0 win over Winthrop on March 4, 2001.
  • It was the first two-hitter by an Alabama pitcher since Jeffrey Norris tossed his two-hit gem at Kentucky on April 13, 2002.
  • The win over the Gents marked the second time this season LeBlanc has won a game by a 12-0 score. He also beat Cincinnati 12-0 on Feb. 21, 2004 at the Joe.
  • The shutout also continued his recent dominance on the mound for the Crimson Tide. In his last three starts, LeBlanc has allowed only one earned run in his last 23 innings for a sparkling 0.39 ERA. He is 3-0 in those three starts with wins over Cincinnati (7 shutout innings), SE Louisiana (1 ER, 7 IP) and Centenary (9 shutout innings).
  • For the season, LeBlanc is 3-1 with a 1.18 ERA in five games, including four starts for Alabama. In 30.1 innings, LeBlanc has allowed only four earned runs and 16 hits, with five walks and 25 strikeouts. He leads Alabama in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts.
  • In four starts, LeBlanc is 3-0 with a 0.59 ERA this season. He has worked 30.1 innings and allowed 14 hits, two runs, two earned runs and added five walks and 25 strikeouts.

Alabama Hitting Notebook

  • In 14 games this season, Alabama is batting only .284 (131-for-462) with 10 home runs and 80 RBI. Alabama is averaging 6.2 runs and 9.4 hits per game this season. The Crimson Tide has been held to three runs or less five times this season, including one run three times.
  • In its four losses this year, Alabama is batting only .163 (20-for-123) with one home run and five RBI. In the four losses, Bama has scored only six total runs and averages 1.25 runs and 5.0 hits per game. In addition, Alabama has 40 strikeouts in those four losses, averaging 10 per game, or one for every three a-bats.
  • In four games this week, Alabama batted .232 (32-for-130) with one home run and 16 RBI en route to a 2-2 record. The Crimson Tide averaged 4.75 runs and 8.0 hits per game this week.
  • Alabama was no-hit for 6 2/3 innings and managed only one hit in its 2-1 loss to Kansas State on Sunday. The one hit is the fewest number of his by an Alabama team in the Jim Wells era. The Crimson Tide has not been no-hit since 1968.

Alabama Pitching Notebook

  • Alabama continues to boast a strong pitching staff through 14 games this season. The Crimson Tide sports a 10-4 record, with four saves, and a 2.61 ERA this season. In 124 innings, UA has allowed 96 hits, 40 runs and 36 earned runs, with 32 walks and 108 strikeouts.
  • UA starters are 7-2 with a 2.53 ERA this season. The starters have worked 78 1/3 innings and allowed 62 hits, 23 runs and 22 earned runs, with 17 walks and 62 strikeouts. Opponents are batting .212 (62-for-292) against the Tide starters.
  • The bullpen is 3-2 with four saves and 2.76 ERA this season. The pen has worked 45 2/3 innings and allowed 34 hits, 17 runs, 14 earned runs, with 15 walks and 43 strikeouts.
  • The Alabama bullpen has stranded 13 of its last 17 inherited runners.
  • The bullpen has allowed only four runs (1.07 ERA) in its last 33 2/3 innings this season.

Alabama Team Notebook

  • Sophomore left fielder Evan Bush (Rainbow City) was the Crimson Tide's most productive hitter this week. In four games, Bush batted .462 (6-for-13) with three runs scored, one double, one home run and two RBI. He two game-winning RBI this week and leads the club with four this season. His fourth inning solo home run gave Alabama the lead for good in a 5-3 win over UAB on Wednesday, while his first innings single was the game winner against Centenary. Bush also had the Crimson Tide's lone hit – a seventh inning single – in a 2-1 loss to Kansas State.
  • Bush enters the week riding a career-high five-game hitting streak, where he is batting .438 (7-for-16) four runs scored and two RBI. He has also hit safely in nine of his last 11 games.
  • Sophomore Matt Downs (Centreville) recorded his first career hit and RBI with a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning of the Crimson Tide's 12-0 win over Centenary on Mar. 6.
  • Catcher David Ferazza (Redwood City, Calif.) made his Alabama debut in the win over Centenary and then made his first career start in the loss to K-State on Mar. 7.
  • Junior center fielder Matt Grooms (Montgomery) posted a five-game hitting streak from Feb. 27 through March 6. During the streak, he batted .417 (10-for-24) with six runs scored and five RBI. He had two, three-hit games during the hitting streak.
  • Senior right-hander Seth Johnson (Sandy, Utah) pitched three scoreless innings in the Tide's 2-1 loss to K-State on March 7 and has not allowed an earned run in 16 1/3 innings this year. Johnson has appeared in nine eight games and leads the Tide with three saves out of the pen.
  • Sophomore catcher Charlie Lyons (Northport) had surgery on Monday, Mar. 1 to repair a broken bone in his non-throwing (left) hand. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.
  • Junior right-hander Eric Mennen turned in a solid performance in the Tide's 6-1 loss to La. Tech (Mar. 5). The Decatur native worked 4 1/3 innings and allowed two runs and five hits with two strikeouts.
  • Junior third baseman Allen Rice (Helena) opened the season with an 11-game hitting streak, the longest in his UA career. Dating back to last season, Rice posted a 14-game hitting streak before going 0-for-4 in a 6-1 loss to Louisiana Tech on Mar. 5.
  • Rice is the leading hitter on the team with a .421 (24-for-57) average with 13 runs scored, one home run and a team-high 15 RBI. At one point in the season, Rice was hitting nearly .600 (.588) but since that time has only six hits (.231) in his last 26 at-bats.
  • Senior designated hitter Carlos Sosa (Vera Cruz, Mexico) went 1-for-15 (.067) this week and has seen his season average drop to .306 (15-for-49) in 14 games.

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