Bama/GA Southern baseball notes

The University of Alabama (1-0) baseball team will host the defending Southern Conference champion Georgia Southern Eagles (0-2) in a three-game series this weekend at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The series opener is Friday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Radio

Feb. 15 Georgia Southern at Alabama 6:30 pm CTSN (WRTR, 105.5 FM)
Feb. 16 Georgia Southern at Alabama 5 pm CTSN (WRTR, 105.5 FM)
Feb. 17 Georgia Southern at Alabama 2 pm WRTR (105.5 FM) ONLY

Jeremy Brown (seated), Lance Cormier (kneeling left) and Brent Boyd (kneeling right).

Alabama won its ninth straight season opener on Tuesday night, posting a 4-0 win over Louisiana Tech. It marked the first opening day shutout since UA beat New Orleans 4-0 in 1994. Lance Cormier (7 IP, 4 H, BB, 7 K), Shane Sanders (1 IP, H, K) and Brian Reed (1 IP, 3 K) combined on the shutout.

Georgia Southern opened the 2002 season last weekend at home against Georgia Tech and dropped both games to the Yellow Jackets. Tech won the opener 10-2 after scoring six run in the top of the ninth to blow open a 4-0 game. In the finale, Tech hit three consecutive home runs en route to a 7-4 win.

Internet Broadcast: www.rolltide.com

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are $5 (adults) and $3 (12 and under) for all home games.

SERIES INFORMATION: Alabama leads the all-time series with Georgia Southern, 0-0

GAME PROMOTION: Magnetic schedules given to the first 1,000 fans. Also, pregame festivities will include introduction of both teams and a patriotic salute to the United States of America.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Kay Fields (Circlewood Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa)

FIRST PITCH: Representative from UA Police Department, Tim Martin (DCH Pharmacist), Casey Lambert and Wayne Waddell (both worked on rescue units at Ground Zero).

SATELLITE FEED: SBS 6, Transponder 3 (Saturday, 5:15 PM and Sunday, 4:45 PM)

ALABAMA'S PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:

  1. #11 Travis Garner, LF 1x4 (.250), Run Collected first career hit in opener
  2. #1 Peter Stonard, RF 1x3 (.333), 2B, RBI Four-game hitting streak (2001-02)
  3. #6 Brent Boyd, 2B 0x4 (.000), RBI Four hits shy of 250 career hits
  4. #14 Jeremy Brown, C 0x2 (.000), 2 BB Five putouts shy of all-time record
  5. #5 Beau Hearod, DH 1x3 (.333), SF, RBI 30 career starts at DH for Bama
  6. #24 Scott McClanahan, CF 1x4 (.250), 2B Reached base 10 times last 3 gms
  7. #26 Allen Rice, 3B 0x4 (.000), 2 K 1st rookie third baseman since '81
  8. #12 Zac Welch, 1B 1x3 (.333), R, BB Scored UA's first run of the year
  9. #4 Adam Pavkovich, SS 0x1 (.000), SFly 1st career start at SS vs. Tech

Pitchers: Alabama

  • Game 1: #16 Shane Sanders, RH 1 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA Making his second career start for Alabama
  • Game 2: #20 Josh Baker, RH First Game Alabama debut for the true freshman
  • Game 3: #18 Lance Cormier, RH 1 GS, 1-0, 0.00 ERA Seven shutout innings in opener vs. La. Tech

Pitchers: Georgia Southern

  • Game 1: #34 Brett Lewis, RH 1 GS, 0-1, 5.40 ERA Allowed 3 ER in 5 IP vs. Georgia Tech
  • Game 2: #19 Brian Rogers, RH 1 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA Three strikeouts in debut vs. Georgia Tech
  • Game 3: #15 Brian Harrison, RH 1 G, 0-0, 9.00 ERA Allowed 4 ER and 8 hits vs. Georgia Tech

HEAD COACH JIM WELLS

The Alabama baseball program has flourished during the eightyear tenure of head baseball coach Jim Wells. During that span, he has taken the Crimson Tide baseball program to new heights: three College World Series, six NCAA Regionals, four SEC Tournament championships, one NCAA Super Regional, one SEC Championship (1996) and has turned Sewell-Thomas Stadium (aka The Joe) into one of the zaniest places to watch college baseball.

Wells enters his seventh season at Alabama and has compiled a 321-137 (.701) record. He is the SEC's winningest active coach based on winning percentage. In addition, Wells will coach his 500th game with the Crimson Tide this spring.

Overall, Wells begins his 13th season as a Division I head coach, compiling a 513-226 (.694) ledger in 739 career games.

In 12 years of coaching, Wells has won four regular-season conference championships, six post-season conference championships and taken eight of his 12 teams to NCAA Regional play, with three teams advancing to the College World Series.

Despite missing the post-season for the first time in his UA career, Wells was a part of several historical milestones in 2001. For instance, he led the Crimson Tide to its 2,000th all-time win with a 12-0 shutout of Winthrop on March 5, 2001. In addition, he won his 300th game at Alabama, 500th game overall as a Division I head coach and coached his 700th all-time game.

A native of Bossier City, La., Wells was born March 21, 1955. He is married to the former Lisa Breazeale of Natchitoches and has three children, Lauren (12), Melissa (7) and Drew (2).

WELLS MILESTONES

  • Led Alabama to a school-record six straight NCAA Regional appearances (1995-2000)
  • Led Alabama to a school-record six straight 40-win seasons. Also guided UA to three 50-win seasons, including back-to-back 50-win seasons in 1996 and 1997.
  • Led Alabama to three College World Series appearances, including the school's first-ever back-to-back trips in 1996 and 1997.
  • During his tenure at Alabama, Wells has averaged 45.7 wins per season.
  • Hosted three NCAA Regionals (1996, 97, 99) and one NCAA Super Regional (1999) at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The 1996 NCAA South I Regional was the first-ever NCAA post-season event at the Joe.
  • Named ABCA South Region "Coach of the Year" in 1999 after leading Alabama to a 53-16 record and a third-place finish at the CWS.
  • Named Baseball America ‘Coach of the Year" after leading the Crimson Tide to a runner-up finish at the CWS in 1997. Alabama (56- 14) won a school record 56 games and set numerous school records in the most successful campaign in UA baseball annals.
  • Alabama led the nation in 1997 in runs scored (679), hits (860), total bases (1,571) and slugging percentage (.621).
  • Alabama's 160 home runs in 1997 are the third highest total in NCAA history. In addition, four UA players hit 20 or more home runs to establish an NCAA record.
  • First team in CWS history to be seeded No. 1 in back-to-back CWS appearances (1996-97). It was the school's first-ever No. 1 ranking in baseball.
  • Alabama's winningest first-year coach, posting a 42-23 record in his rookie season (1995). The previous record was 20 wins set by J.W.H. Pollard in 1907. In addition, his .646 rookie winning percentage was the second best in Alabama history. Tilden "Happy" Campbell posted a 10-2 (.833) mark in his first year for the Tide in 1935.

JIM WELLS RECORD BREAKDOWN

Total Games: 739 Games
Overall Record (Years): 513-226 (.694) (12 Years)
Alabama Games: 458 Games
Alabama Record (Years): 321-137 (.701) (7 Years)
Southeastern Conference: 207 Games
SEC Record (Years): 129- 78 (.623) (7 Years)

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