Bama baseball notes

Alabama has won 14 of its first 16 games this season. Last year at this time, Alabama was 11-5 after 16 games. Overall, Alabama is 20-3 in its last 23 games dating back to last year.

ALABAMA BASEBALL UPDATE

Monday, March 11, 2002

Overall Record: 14-2 (.875)

Last Week's Results: 3-1 (.750)

March 6 at South Alabama L 10-4
March 8 SE Louisiana W 7-2
March 9 SE Louisiana W 11-9
March 10 SE Louisiana W 7-6

This Week's Schedule:

March 12 Miss. Valley State 6:30 PM
March 13 Birmingham Southern 6:30 PM
March 15 Tennessee 6:30 PM
March 16 Tennessee 4 PM
March 17 Tennessee 2 PM

Player of the Week Nomination:

C Jeremy Brown (Sr., Hueytown, Alabama)
  • Appeared in all four games for Alabama last week and batted .375 (6-for-16) with FIVE HOME RUNS and nine RBI. Brown also added six runs scored and two walks.
  • Posted an incredible 1.312 slugging percentage for the week, totaling 21 bases.
  • Homered in four consecutive games for Alabama, totaling five home runs. Third player in school history to homer in four straight games joining Cary Williams (1989) and Aaron Clark (2001).
  • Posted his third career multi home run game with two home runs at South Alabama on March 6. Also homered twice at UAB (1999) and against Miami, Ohio (2001).
  • In the weekend series with SE Louisiana, Brown hit .308 (4-for-13) with three home runs and six RBI. Added four runs, one walk and a 1.000 slugging percentage.
  • Homered in all three games, including game-winning, two-out home run in eighth inning of UA's 11-9 win on March 9. UA trailed 8-1 after five innings and rallied for the win. Brown's solo home run capped the comeback in the 8th.
  • Also played his 200th career game this week and scored his 200th career run.
  • For the season, Brown has appeared in all 16 games and is batting .308 (16-for-52) with a team-high six home runs and team-best 18 RBI. He has 14 runs, one triple and a team-leading 12 walks.
  • Currently riding six-game hitting streak, where he is batting .458 (11-for-24) with five home runs and 12 RBI. Also added seven runs, one triple and six walks during the streak.
  • In those six games, Brown has 11 hits, five home runs and 12 RBI. In his first 10 games of the season, he had only five hits, one home run and six RBI.

Pitcher of the Week

RHP Lance Cormier (Sr., Lafayette, La.)
  • Tossed first complete game of the 2002 season, beating SE Louisiana 7-2 in his only appearance of the week.
  • In nine innings, he allowed two runs (one earned) and scattered eight hits, all singles. He did not walk a batter and added five strikeouts.
  • Took a perfect game into the fourth inning (retired first 11 batters) and a shutout into the seventh.
  • Has not allowed a walk in two straight outings.
  • Surrendered earned run in 8th inning to snap string of 23 2/3 consecutive innings without an earned run, dating back to start vs. Georgia Southern (Feb. 17).
  • Became Alabama's all-time leader with 293 2/3 career innings pitched on March 8. He broke the previous record of 285 career innings held by Al Drumheller (1991-93).
  • For the season, Cormier is a perfect 5-0 with a 0.71 ERA in five starts. The senior has worked 38 innings and allowed 32 hits, seven runs, three earned runs, three walks and 32 strikeouts. Opponents are batting .224 against Cormier.
  • Logged at least seven innings in all five starts this season. Also won seven consecutive starts, dating back to last year.

ALABAMA TEAM NOTES

  • Alabama topped the 1,000,000 mark in all-time attendance on Sunday, March 10 against SE Louisiana. In 351 home dates since the stadium was constructed in 1991, Alabama has drawn 1,004,067 fans to Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
  • Alabama is undefeated at home this year, posting a 12-0 record. Dating back to last year, Alabama has won 16 consecutive home games, the second-longest modern day winning streak in school history.
  • Alabama plays five games this week, including it first back-to-back midweek games of the season on Tuesday (Miss. Valley State) and Wednesday (Bham Southern) nights. Alabama opens SEC play this weekend against Tennessee. Alabama shutout the Vols (9-0) two weeks ago in the first game of the 2002 Hormel Foods Classic (Mar. 1) in Minneapolis.
  • Alabama has hit nine of its 17 home runs this season in the last five games, including a season-high three on March 9 against SE Louisiana. Trailing 8-1 after five innings, Alabama staged an improbable comeback and won the game 11-9. Grant Redding hit a three-run home run and Adam Pavkovich added a two-run shot in a seven-run, 7th inning. Brown hit the game-winner with two outs in the 8th inning as UA rallied for an 11-9 win. Pavkovich's home run, a two-out shot over the left field scoreboard, was his first home run in 139 career at-bats.

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