Bama Baseball Notebook

Alabama is coming off of a tough week with a big series with Ole Miss Looming.

Sunday, March 21, 2004 
Overall Record: 15-7 (.682) 
SEC Record: 1-2 (.333) 
Last Week: 1-3 (.250) 

Last Week's Scores: 
March 17 Birmingham Southern 4, Alabama
March 19 Georgia 5, Alabama 4 
March 20 Alabama 7, Georgia 5 
March 21 Georgia 7, Alabama 5 

This Week's Schedule: 

March 24 vs. Morehead State (6:30 PM) 
March 26 vs. Ole Miss (6:30 PM) 
March 27 vs. Ole Miss (4 PM) 
March 28 vs. Ole Miss (2 PM)

ALABAMA HITTING NOTEBOOK *Through 22 games, Alabama is hitting only .275 (201-for-732) with 18 home runs and 131 RBI. The Crimson Tide is averaging 6.7 runs and 9.1 hits per game this season.

*Alabama has only three players hitting over .300 this season, including Emeel Salem (.393), Allen Rice (.377) and Brandon Belcher (.316).

*The Crimson Tide's .275 batting average is the lowest since posting a .269 average through its first five games of the season on Feb. 20.

*Against Georgia, Alabama batted only .204 (21-for-103) with two home runs and 12 RBI in losing two of three games to the Bulldogs.

ALABAMA PITCHING NOTEBOOK *The Crimson Tide pitching staff has posted a 15-7 record and 2.70 ERA in 22 games this season. In addition, Alabama has added five saves, four shutouts and two complete games.

*The pitching staff has a batter than 3-to-1 strikeout (181) to walk (53) ratio and averages almost one strikeout (181) per innings pitched (193.0).

*The Crimson Tide has allowed less than one hit (151) per inning pitched (193) this year.

*The highest ERA on the staff belongs to junior Andrew Walker at 4.86 ERA.

*Alabama has allowed only seven unearned runs all season.

ALABAMA FIELDING NOTEBOOK *Alabama is fielding .976 through 22 games and has made only 19 errors all season.

*The Crimson Tide did not commit an error in the three-game series with Georgia, marking the first time in the Wells era UA has played an error-free SEC series.

*Dating back to last year, Alabama has played four consecutive errorless regular-season SEC games.

*Alabama has played 10 errorless games this year and has committed one error or less in 16 of its 22 games this year.

ALABAMA NOTEBOOK *Alabama lost two of three at Georgia this weekend to open the 2004 SEC season. With the two losses, Alabama has now lost eight straight SEC road series, dating back to the 2002 season. UA's last road series win was a three-game sweep at Kentucky on April 12-14, 2002.

*Five of UA's seven losses this season have been by one run. UA is 2-5 (.286) in one-run games and 5-6 (.455) in games decided by two runs or less. All three games with Georgia this weekend were decided by two runs or less. Alabama has lost its last three one-run games and is 0-4 in one-run games on the road this season.

*Alabama suffered back-to-back losses to Birmingham Southern and Georgia this week for the first time this season.

*The Crimson Tide has hit 18 home runs this season in 22 games. The 18 home runs are by 10 different players.

*Senior RHP Seth Johnson recorded his first win of the season at Georgia (Mar. 20) as he worked 5 2/3 innings and allowed one run on four hits, with two walks and five strikeouts. He allowed a solo home run to Georgia's Josh Morris in the ninth inning, the first earned run he has allowed in 22 innings this season. For the year, Johnson has appeared in nine games and has compiled a 1-0 record with three saves and 0.41 ERA (22 IP, 13 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 21 K).

*Freshman centerfielder Emeel Salem was the Crimson Tide's leading hitter against Georgia this weekend. Playing in his first career SEC series, Salem batted ..333 (4-fof-12) with two walks, one run scored, one double and one stolen base. In four games this past week, Salem batted ..438 (7-for-17) to lead the UA team. For the season, Salem is batting .393 (11-for-28) with seven runs scored and three RBI. Salem is batting .450 (9-for-20) in his last five games and has hit safely in four of those five contests. In addition, he has two or more hits in four of his last five games.

*Since March 6, freshman Michael McCallister has been one of the Crimson Tide's hottest hitters. During that period, McCallister is batting .375 (12-for-22) with one home run and seven RBI. In addition, he has six doubles and has scored 12 runs. McCallister has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, including the last three in-a-row.

*Freshman shortstop Greg Paiml's last four hits have equaled the cycle In his last five games, Paiml has homered, tripled, doubled and singled for the Crimson Tide.

*Junior third baseman Allen Rice reached base nine times in four games this week. Rice had three hits and six walks for a ..550 (9-for-20) on-base percentage.

*Senior catcher Nick Richardson had a career-high three RBI in the Crimson Tide's 7-5 win over Georgia on March 20.

*Junior second baseman Rocky Sceflo tallied a career-high three hits in the Tide's 7-5 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday. Since March 3, Scelfo has hit safely in nine of 12 games.

*Senior DH Carlos Sosa is mired in an 0-for-16 slump at the plate. During that slump his batting average has dipped to .253 (20-for-79) for the season.

*Junior LHP Taylor Tankersley pitched in all four games this week for Alabama. Tankersley has appeared in UA's last five games out of the pen. During those five outings, he has worked 6 2/3 innings and allowed three singles and struck out 11 batters. Tankerlsey has appeared in seven games out of the pen this season and has not allowed a run in 13 1/3 innings out of the pen this year. For the season, Tankerlsey is 1-1 with two saves and a 0.93 ERA. He has 21 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings this year.

*Tankerlsey recorded his ninth career save on Saturday to tie Jon Henn (1989-90) and Tim Young (1995-96) for 10th place on the school's all-time saves list.

*Junior RHP Andrew Walker struck out a personal best 12 batters in the Crimson Tide's loss to Birmingham Southern on Wednesday, Mar. 17. The 12 strikeouts are the most by an Alabama pitcher this season. The previous high was 11 by Wade LeBlanc against New Orleans on Feb. 14.

*Junior first baseman Zac Welch has only one hit in his last 18 at-bats. Welch broke an 0-for-16 slump with a seventh-inning single at Georgia on Sunday. The Wellington native also saw his streak of 75 consecutive starts come to an end on Saturday, Mar. 20. On Sunday, he made his 100th career start at first base for the Tide.


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