Baseball Notebook

After a Wednesday night game hosting Alabama-Birmingham at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (CSS TV), the Alabama baseball team of Coach Jim Wells will continue its quest for the Southeastern Conference championship at Mississippi State this weekend.

Alabama continues to lead the SEC Western Division with a 13-8 record, one game ahead of both LSU and Ole Miss at 12-9. This weekend the Tide will go to Starkville to take on Mississippi State, which is fourth in the SEC West at 9-11 after having been swept by Mississippi in Oxford last weekend.

Alabama is one game behind Florida for the overall SEC regular season championship. The Gators dropped two of three games to Tennessee in Gainesville and stand at 14-7. The regular season champion gets the number one seed for the SEC Baseball Tournament, which is May 25-29 at the Hoover Met near Birmingham. The highest ranked team in the opposite division from the overall champion gets the number two seed and the other six teams in the eight-team tournament are based on SEC winning percentage.

The Tide is coming off a series win over Georgia in Tuscaloosa's Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Bama won 5-3 on Friday and 11-9 on Sunday, both dramatic late-inning come-from-behind wins, while falling 4-3 in Saturday's game.

Alabama is 32-14 overall and ranked 13th in the nation going into this week's polls.

This is the second consecutive week for Alabama to host another in-state school in the midweek game. Last week Alabama defeated South Alabama, 9-8.

The game against UAB will be the Tide's final non-conference game of the season. The UAB game will close out a nine-game home stand for the Tide.  The Crimson Tide and Blazers met on February 24 at Young Memorial Field in Birmingham earlier this season with UAB claiming a 7-1 win.

This weekend Alabama and Mississippi State will meet at 6:30 p.m. CDT on both Friday and Saturday and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Crimson Tide will play two of its last three SEC series on the road, including this weekend's three-game set against long-time SEC West rival Mississippi State at Polk-Dement Stadium at Dudy Noble Field.  Alabama 's last series win in Starkville came in 2002, the lone series win in Starkville since the 1990 season.

The series win over Georgia was Bama's fifth of the year in SEC play. Last year Alabama won only one series. Alabama has also won all four home series this season after losing all five of its home series a year ago. Alabama is 9-3 in SEC home games this season after winning just four games all of last year.

Following the series win over Georgia ,Alabama has won seven of its last nine games.

Alabama has trailed in 34 of its 46 games this season, including all four games last week.  Alabama has trailed in 14 straight SEC games, dating back to an 11-2 loss to LSU on April 2.  The last time the Crimson Tide did not trail in an SEC game was a 4-0 win over the Tigers on April 1.

While falling behind in 34 games this season, Alabama has recorded 20 come-from-behind wins. The Crimson Tide has posted 12 of those 20 wins in the sixth inning or later, including all three wins last week. Bama has nine come-from-behind wins in SEC play.

Alabama concluded the month of April with an 11-6 record.The Crimson Tide batted ..295 (175-for-593) in April, with 26 home runs and 106 RBI. Senior left-fielder Gabe Scott was the leading hitter with a .438 (28-for-64) average, with nine home runs and 20 RBI. Scott was also UA's leading hitter in the month of March.

Scott was named to the 2005 Dick Howser Watch List on Friday, April 29. The Lake Charles ,Louisiana, native has also made himself a candidate for SEC Player of the Year and All-America honors. He is batting .421 (53-for-126) in 39 games with 10 home runs and 28 RBI. All 10 of his home runs have come since April 1.  In SEC play, Scott is the leading hitter with a .434 (33-for-76) average with seven home runs and 20 RBI.

Barry Allen of UofA's media relations office provided information used in this report.


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