Baseball Notebook

Alabama outfielder Gabe Scott had his career best 27-game hitting streak snapped in the 10-4 win over South Carolina on April 23. Scott (0-for-4) struck out twice and grounded into a double play to end the eighth inning. After the double play, Scott was given a standing ovation by Bama fans at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The 27-game hitting streak tied for third-longest in Alabama history with David Magadan , who hit safely in the first 27 games of his UA career as a true freshman in 1981.

Still, the Alabama senior left fielder's performance was good enough to earn him a nomination as the Southestern Conference Player of the Week. Gabe Scott played in four games last week and went 7-12, a .583 batting average with two home runs, six runs batted in, five runs scored, a double, and four bases on balls.

He reached base 12 times in four games for a .706 on-base percentage. He also compiled a 1.167 slugging mark for the week.

Alabama's pitcher of the week nominee in the SEC was Wade LeBlanc, the sophomore left-hander who was the national freshman of the year last season. LeBlanc has been battling back from a shoulder injury, but pitched a complete game victory over eighth-ranked South Carolina. He gave up five hits and four runs while striking out three and walking only one. He allowed only six base-runners.

LeBlanc tossed his first complete game of the season in his third start since a shoulder injury sidelined him for four weeks. It was his ninth career CG at Alabama.

In other Alabama baseball news:

Alabama has hit 40 home runs in 42 games this season, compared to 38 home runs in 55 games last year. Junior 1B/3B Evan Bush leads the way with 12 home runs, while senior LF Gabe Scott is second on the team with nine home runs. Bush led UA with eight home runs last season.

The Crimson Tide matched its season high with three home runs against South Carolina on April 23. UA has hit three home runs in a game five times this season. Bama also hit three home runs against Samford (Mar. 2), Ole Miss (April 10), Memphis (April 12) and Miss. Valley State (April 20).

Alabama has homered in 12 of 14 games this month and has hit 23 home runs in those 14 games.

The Crimson Tide has trailed in 30 of 42 games this season and has posted 17 come-from-behind wins. Of the 17 comeback wins, nine have taken place in the sixth inning or later.

Alabama snapped a four-game Saturday losing streak with its 10-4 win over South Carolina on April 23. The Tide is 2-4 in six Saturday SEC games this year.

Bama has its five-game Sunday winning streak snapped with a 5-2 loss in the series finale to Carolina. Alabama is 5-1 in Sunday SEC games this season. Last year, Alabama was 2-9 in Sunday SEC games and lost nine of 10 series.

Freshman shortstop Cale Iorg (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to a season-best nine games with a leadoff single in the seventh inning on Sunday, April 24th.

*Alabama junior RHP Jordan Davis made his first career start Sunday against the Gamecocks. He became the seventh different Sunday starting pitcher for Alabama this season. Davis struggled in his first career start as he allowed four runs and 10 hits in just 3 2/3 innings. He also added six strikeouts before exiting the game after a two-out single to Steven Tolleson in the fourth inning.

Senior left-hander Brent Carter made his fifth appearance of the season out the bullpen in the loss to South Carolina. Carter worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed two hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

Carter became just the second pitcher in Alabama history to record 300 career innings pitched. Carter has 301 career innings and joins Lance Cormier (1999-2002) as the only two UA pitchers with 300 innings. Cormier holds the UA career record with 381 innings pitched.

Carter also made his 66th appearance on the mound to tie Jarrod Kingrey (1997-98) for sixth place on the school's all-time list.

With two strikeouts against South Carolina, Carter now has 278 in his Alabama career. He is 11 strikeouts shy of the all-time record (289) held by Cormier.

Junior RHP T.J. Large (6-3, 2.40 ERA) won his sixth game of the season with a 6-4 win over No. 8 South Carolina. Large walked three of the first four batters he faced in the game and allowed two first-inning runs on Jon Williard's two-out double to right center field.

After the two-out double, Large did not allow another hit until back-to-back hits by Steven Tolleson and Steve Pearce in the ninth inning. Large 7 1/3 no-hit innings in the game. The Seminole, Fla., native gave up two hits in the ninth inning, including a two-run home run to Steve Pearce as USC cut the lead to 6-4.

Large threw 24 pitches in the first inning, with only 10 strikes. He threw 87 pitches the remainder of the game.

Freshman RHP David Robertson (6-3, 1.44 ERA, 3 SV) pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday, April 22 to earn his third save of the season. He has three of the Crimson Tide's six saves this season. Robertson's save was the first in an SEC game this year by Alabama.


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