Bama baseball weekly notes

Alabama has opened the season with an eight-game winning streak, the longest such streak to open the season since the 1998 team began the year with a 10-0 record. Dating back to last year, Alabama has won 12 consecutive games. UA closed out the 2002 season with a four-game winning streak.


Overall Record: 8-0

Last Week: 4-0

  • Feb. 20 Alabama 4, Georgia State 2
  • Feb. 22 Alabama 11, Arkansas State 3
  • Feb. 23 Alabama 14, Arkansas State 5
  • Feb. 24 Alabama 7, Arkansas State 3

This Week (All Times Central)

  • Feb. 26 Alabama vs. North Alabama (6:30 PM)
  • Mar. 1 Alabama vs. Tennessee (12:15 PM) (Hormel Foods Classic, Minneapolis)
  • Mar. 2 Alabama at Minnesota (1:30 PM) (Hormel Foods Classic, Minneapolis)
  • Mar. 3 Alabama vs. Florida Atlantic (11 AM) (Hormel Foods Classic, Minneapolis)

Player of the Week Nomination

CF Scott McClanahan (Hartselle, Ala.)
  • In four games, McClanahan batted a team-high 429 (6x17) with four runs scored, one double, one home run and a team best seven RBI. He also compiled a .714 slugging percentage.
  • Against Georgia State (Feb. 20), McClanahan smacked a two-run home run in the second inning, his first of the season, to put Alabama ahead to stay at 2-0.
  • Against Arkansas State, McClanahan batted .417 (5x12) with two runs scored, double and five RBI. He had two hits and three RBI in the Tide's 14-5 win in game two of series (Feb. 23) and added an 8th inning RBI double in series finale (Feb. 24) to give Tide a key insurance run and four-run lead.
  • For the year, McClanahan is batting .345 (10x29) with eight runs scored, two doubles, one home run and nine RBI, He also has posted a .406 on-base percentage and .517 slugging mark and four stolen bases all from the seventh spot in the Tide batting order. He is the only UA player with at least one hit in all eight games. McClanahan is also second on the team with 10 hits and second with nine RBI.

Pitcher of the Week Nomination

LHP Taylor Tankersley (Vicksburg, Miss.)
  • In two games last week, Tankersley posted a 1-0 record and 2.16 ERA for the Crimson Tide. The true freshman worked 8.1 innings and allowed three runs and two hits. He also added 11 strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
  • Tankersley made his Alabama debut with 6 1/3 strong innings against Georgia State (Feb. 20), allowing only two runs and three hits. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and a shutout into the seventh frame. He threw 84 pitches and 76 percent (66) were for strikes. He struck out 10 and did not walk a batter in his debut.
  • Against Arkansas State (Feb. 24), he worked two scoreless innings and retired six of the seven batters he faced. He struck out one and hit one batter. Tankersley worked out of seventh inning jam, stranding runners at second and third and one out coming out of the pen to relive starter Shane Sanders.

News and Notes

  • Since May 1, 2001, Alabama is 14-1 (.933) in its last 15 games.
  • Alabama set a school record with five sacrifice flies in its 14-5 win over Arkansas State on Saturday, Feb. 23. The previous record was four sac flies set against Georgia Southern on Feb. 23, 2000. Alabama missed the NCAA record of six sac flies (Georgia Tech) by one. Freshman third baseman Allen Rice tied an Alabama record with two sacrifice flies. Peter Stonard, Chad White and Beau Hearod had one apiece.
  • Alabama has 10 sacrifice flies in eight games this season, an average of 1.25 per game. The Crimson Tide had only 18 sac flies in 55 games last year. At is current pace, Alabama would finish the regular season with 70 sac flies. The single-season school record is 37 set in 1997.
  • The Crimson Tide pitching staff's string of 44 consecutive innings without a walk ended in the first inning of Friday's game (Feb. 22) against Arkansas State. It was the first walk since the second inning of the 2002 season opener with La. Tech (Feb. 12).
  • Alabama pitchers walked 10 batters in the three-game series with ASU, but still boasts an impressive 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio (67 K, 11 BB) this season.
  • Alabama has not allowed a run in the first inning this season. The Crimson Tide has managed only two runs of its own, scoring both runs against Arkansas State on Sunday, Feb. 24.
  • Two Alabama pitchers flirted with no hitters this past week. Freshman left-hander Taylor Tankersley carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning of Alabama's 4-2 win over Georgia State on Feb. 20. On Sunday, Feb. 24, Alabama right-hander Shane Sanders no-hit Arkansas State for 4 1/3 innings and shutout the Indians for 5 1/3 innings.
  • Alabama batted .320 (31x97) against Arkansas State and scored 32 runs in the three-game series, including a season-high 14 runs in Saturday's 14-5 win.
  • Alabama pitchers compiled a 1.33 ERA in the series with ASU, allowing only four earned runs in the three-game set.
  • Alabama will play in the Hormel Foods Classic this weekend at the HHH Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn. All three weekend opponents played in the NCAA Tournament last year, including CWS participant Tennessee, Minnesota and Florida Atlantic.

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