Bama/SE Missouri State notes

For the third consecutive year, the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team will host the Southeast Missouri State (SEMO) Indians here at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The three-game series begins Friday, Mar. 12 at 6:30 pm.

The two teams are also scheduled to meet on Saturday, Mar. 13 (4 PM) and Sunday, Mar. 14 (2 PM).

This will be the final non-conference weekend series of the year for Alabama. After the SEMO series, Alabama will have only five non-SEC home games remaining on its 2004 slate.

The Crimson Tide is coming off its most impressive win of the season following Wednesday's 9-3 win over No. 18 Southern Miss here at the Joe. Alabama hit four home runs en route to snapping USM's eight-game winning streak.

SEMO has won three straight games following Wednesday's 7-4 win over St. Louis in Cape Girardeau.

The Indians and Crimson Tide are meeting for the third straight year here in Tuscaloosa. The two teams first met at the 2002 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional, with SEMO winning the first game, 7-4. It was Bama's first-ever home loss in NCAA Regional play. Alabama rebounded for a 7-4 win to advance to the title game. Last year, SEMO took game one of a three-game set 8-7 before losing games two and three.

Bama's Weekend Schedule

Friday, Mar. 12, SE Missouri State at Alabama, 6:30 PM, WACT-AM (1420)
Saturday, Mar. 13, SE Missouri State at Alabama, 4 PM, TBA
Sunday, Mar. 14, SE Missouri State at Alabama, 2 PM, TBA

On the Mound

UA - Brent Carter (4 GS, 3-1, 3.75 ERA) vs.
SEMO - Bill Clayton (2 G, 0-1, 11.75 ERA)

The Records

Alabama (11-4) is coming off its most impressive win of the season with a 9-3 victory over No. 18 Southern Miss. The Crimson Tide has also won nine straight home games. SE Missouri State (4-5) has won three straight games following a 7-4 win over St. Louis at home on Wednesday afternoon.

The Coaches

Alabama's Jim Wells is in his 10th season with the Crimson Tide program. He has compiled a 420-180 (.700) record at the helm of the Crimson Tide. Overall, Wells is 612-269 (.695) in 15 seasons at Northwestern State and Alabama. Wells is 3-2 (.600) in his career against the SEMO.

SE Missouri State head coach Mark Hogan has compiled a 663-471-3 (.584) record in 22 years as a collegiate coach. In 10 seasons at SEMO, Hogan has compiled a 286-215-1 (.571) overall record.

SE Missouri State Series

Alabama leads the all-time series with SE Missouri State, 3-2. The two teams have met in each of the last three seasons.
  • The Crimson Tide and Indians first met in the 2002 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional and split a pair of games. The No. 4 seed Indians knocked off No. 1 seed Alabama, 7-4, in first-round action sending the national No. 5 seed to the loser's bracket on its home field. The loss was also the first-ever by Alabama at home in a NCAA Regional game.
  • Alabama bounced back to win a 7-4 decision the next day behind the pitching of Jeffrey Norris. The win propelled Alabama to the championship game against Florida Atlantic. After winning the opener (7-2), the Crimson Tide dropped the if necessary game to Owls, 6-5, ending their hopes of playing in the CWS.
  • Alabama took two of three last year from the SE Missouri State. The Indians took an 8-7 come-from-behind win in the series opener on a bitter cold Saturday night, before losing the next two games on Sunday and Monday afternoon. The Friday night opener was postponed due to severe storms in the Tuscaloosa area and the series was rescheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Scouting Report: SE Missouri State

The Indians bring a 4-5 record to Tuscaloosa this weekend, including a three-game winning streak. SEMO has beaten Brescia (6-0 and 8-0) and St. Louis (7-4) during the streak.
  • Alabama will be the second SEC opponent that SEMO has faced this season. The Indians faced Ole Miss on Mar. 2-3 at Oxford-University Stadium at Swayze Field.
  • In addition to Ole Miss and Alabama, SEMO also opened the 2004 season with a three-game set at Oklahoma.
  • As a team, SEMO is batting .285 (84-for-295) with four home runs and 43 RBI in nine games. The Indians average 5.3 runs and 9.3 hits per game this season.
  • Junior outfielder Eric Horstman leads the club in hitting with a .444 (16-for-36) clip in nine games. He leads the team with nine runs scored and ranks second with seven RBI.
  • Junior outfielders Bryan Kurt (.412, 0 HR, 5 RBI) and Frankie Montiel (.357, 0 HR, 5 RBI) have also been solid at the plate this season for the Indians.
  • Junior second baseman Bo Jenkins (.344, 2 HR, 8 RBI) leads the club in home runs and RBI
  • On the mound the Indians have struggled in the first nine games, compiling a 4-5 record and 6.88 ERA.
  • SEMO does not have a complete game this season, but has two combined shutouts as they blanked Brescia in a double-header last Sunday in Cape Girardeau.
  • For the season, the Indians have worked 72 innings and allowed 85 hits, 64 runs, 55 earned runs, 50 walks and 58 strikeouts.
  • Senior right-hander Bill Clayton (2 G, 1 GS, 0-1, 15.75 ERA) is expected to start on the mound in Friday's series opener. In just four innings this season, Clayton has allowed seven runs and five hits, with six walks and seven strikeouts.
  • Junior right-hander Anthony Maupin (4 G, 2 GS, 1-1, 9.00 ERA) will get the start on Saturday opposite Wade LeBlanc. In 10 innings this season, Maupin has allowed 11 runs and 11 hits, with eight walks and eight strikeouts. A native of Milton, Fla., Maupin pitched the last two seasons at Alabama Southern CC.
  • Junior right-hander Mike Fitch (4 G, 3 GS, 0-1, 6.23 ERA) will start the series finale on Sunday for the Indians. Fitch leads the staff with 17 innings this season and has allowed 24 hits, 12 earned runs, 11 walks and nine strikeouts this season.
  • The bullpen is anchored by junior right-handers Brad Smith (5 G, 3-0, 0.00 ERA) and Ryan Forsyth (4 G, 2 GS, 0-1, 9.00 ERA).
  • Smith clearly has the best numbers of any pitcher on the staff. In five games this season, Smith has allowed no runs and five hits in 12 innings on the mound, with three walks and 14 strikeouts.

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