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Alabama won the 2002 Hormel Foods Classic championship this past weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota, posting a 2-1 tournament record. The Crimson Tide and Tennessee Volunteers had identical records, but by virtue of its 9-0 win over the Vols in the first round, Alabama won the tie-breaker and was awarded the championship.

ALABAMA BASEBALL UPDATE

Sunday, March 3, 2002

Overall Record: 11-1 (.917)

Record Last Week: 3-1 (.750)

Feb. 26 -- Alabama 2, North Alabama 1
Mar. 1 -- Alabama 9, Tennessee 0 (Hormel Foods Classic)
Mar. 2 -- Minnesota 5, Alabama 2 (Hormel Foods Classic)
Mar. 3 -- Alabama 8, Florida Atlantic 3 (Hormel Foods Classic)

Schedule This Week

March 6 at South Alabama (6:05 PM)
March 8 -- Southeastern Louisiana (6:30 PM)
March 9 -- Southeastern Louisiana (4 PM)
March 10 - Southeastern Louisiana (2 PM)

Player of the Week Nomination: Brent Boyd

(2B, Sr., Fort Worth, Texas)

Batted .412 (7x17) in four games this week with six runs scored, one home run and five RBI. He collected one hit and one run in all four games. In addition, he added two doubles and posted a .786 slugging mark.

Posted a .462 (6x13) average at the Hormel Foods Classic, with one home run and four RBI. Also added five runs, one double and compile a .769 slugging mark.

Currently riding season-high nine game hitting streak--also the longest by a UA player this year, Scott McClanahan opened the year with an eight-game hitting streak. During the streak, he is batting .378 (14x37) with nine RBI.

Also scored at least one run in career-high seven straight games for Alabama, totaling 10 runs. In 12 games, he is batting .306 (15x49) with one home run and 13 RBI. He leads the UA team in runs scored (13), total hits (15), doubles (6), RBI (13) and game-winning RBI (5).

Pitcher of the Week Nomination: Lance Cormier

(RHP, Sr., Lafayette, La.)

Threw eight shutout innings in UA's 9-0 win against Tennessee in the opening game of the Hormel Foods Classic. Allowed only six hits, no walks and struck out a career-high 11 batters. It was his first career double figure strikeout game.

Cormier has been involved in both UA shutouts this season, also tossing seven shutout innings against La. Tech (Feb. 12) in the Tide's 4-0 opening day win. Dating back to last year, Cormier has been involved in four of UA's last five shutouts.

In four starts this year, Cormier is 4-0 with an 0.62 ERA. He has worked 29 innings and allowed two earned runs and 24 hits, with three walks and 24 strikeouts. Opponents are batting .224 against the right-hander.

TEAM NOTES

  • The Hormel Foods Classic championship is the first regular-season title for Alabama since winning its won Joe Sewell Classic championship in 1972.
  • Alabama had four players named to the Hormel Foods Classic All-Tournament team including, pitcher Lance Cormier, third baseman Carlos Sosa, centerfielder Scott McClanahan and catcher Jeremy Brown.
  • Alabama batted .361 (39x108) at the three-day event and posted a season high 15 hits in wins over Tennessee (9-0) and Florida Atlantic (8-3). The Crimson Tide averaged 6.3 runs and 13 hits per game at the Metrodome. Jeremy Brown (5x10, .500, 4 RBI), Carlos Sosa (.500, 4x8, 2 RBI), Brent Boyd (.462, 6x13, HR, 4 RBI) and Travis Garner (.357, 5x14, 3 R) paced the UA offense.
  • The pitching staff allowed just seven earned runs in 26 innings this weekend in Minneapolis, Minn., compiling a 2.42 ERA. In its last 53 innings, the Tide staff has yielded only eight earned runs and compiled a 1.36 ERA.
  • Alabama's 9-0 win over Tennessee was the school's 14th straight win dating back to last season, setting a UA record for most consecutive wins over two seasons. The previous record was 13 straight wins by the 1907 (9) and 1908 (4) teams.
  • Alabama did not record a triple in its first nine games, but had one triple in two of three games at the Metrodome this weekend, including two by Scott McClanahan and one by Jeremy Brown.
  • Brown had five hits in his last two games of the Hormel Foods Classic after collecting just five hits in his first 10 games.
  • Redshirt freshman Gabe Scott (LF) earned his first career start on Sunday against Florida Atlantic and posted three hits, his first career multiple hit game.
  • Freshman third baseman Allen Rice recorded a career high two hits in the Tide's win over Fla. Atlantic on Sunday. It was his only appearance at the Hormel Foods Classic.
  • Freshman first baseman Zac Welch hit his first career home on Sunday against Fla. Atlantic.
  • Junior outfielder Travis Garner is riding a season-high four-game hitting streak, where he is batting .353 (6x17).

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