Carter Gets Strikeout Record

In his career Alabama pitcher Brent Carter has started, he has relieved and he has sat on the bench watching, but the Americus, Ga. native became the unlikely holder of Alabama's career strikeout record, surpassing Lance Cormier on his second of four punchouts against Mississippi State in Starkville Friday night.

Carter's 290th career strikeout came in the fifth inning in Alabama 7-3 loss to the Bulldogs. Carter worked six and two thirds innings of relief and allowed just two runs in the game.

Carter's strikeout total is surprising only because he does not have a typical overpowering style of many strikeout pitchers. His fastball tops out in the mid-eighties and he relies on locating the fastball and being effective with his change-up to record outs.

"The only bright spot was that I thought Carter pitched well," Alabama Head Coach Jim Wells said. "Brent has had a good career here. I am happy for him and it is very deserving. But more importantly, with maybe one more small adjustment he can really be a big pitcher for us in the post-season. He will be a big part of what we are going to be able to do."

Carter struck out MSU left fielder Brian LaNinfa in the fifth inning to break the previous record of 289 career strikeouts held by former Tide All-American Lance Cormier. Cormier (1999-2002) now pitches for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Carter tied the all-time mark when he struck out LaNinfa in the third inning.

"Personally, it certainly means a lot to have name above Lance Cormier, who is now pitching in the big leagues, and Mike Sodders and Al Drumheller," Carter said following his longest relief stint of the year. "They are all great pitchers. The big thing is we lost the game. That is what hurts right now. It's kind of a bittersweet night to break the record."

Carter has appeared in 71 career games for Alabama and compiled a 24-10 record and 3.64 ERA. He has logged 314 1/3 innings and allowed 303 hits, 151 runs and 127 earned runs, with 63 walks and 292 strikeouts.

His best season came in 2002 when he set Alabama single-season records for wins, innings pitched and strikeouts for a sophomore pitcher.

"I will definitely look back on my sophomore year," Carter recalled. "I had everything working. I was basically new to the league because I did not throw much my freshman year. For a while there, I dominated the league. And as I look back on that season drying the stretch run, I was one of the top pitchers in the SEC. That is one thing that sticks out."

He posted a 10-5 record in 19 games as a sophomore and compiled a 3.30 ERA for the Tide. Carter worked 122 2/3 innings and recorded 105 strikeouts, the second-highest single-season total in school history.

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