ALABAMA BASEBALL NOTEBOOKMonday, Mar. 18, 2002
Overall Record: 19-2
Last Week: 5-0
Last week's results:Mar. 12 Alabama 19, Miss. Valley State 0
Mar. 13 Alabama 4, Birmingham Southern 2
Mar. 15 Alabama 7, Tennessee 3
Mar. 16 Alabama 14, Tennessee 2
Mar. 17 Alabama 7, Tennessee 1
This Week's schedule (All Times Central)Mar. 20 Jacksonville State at Alabama (6:30 PM)
Mar. 22 Alabama at Arkansas (5 PM)
Mar. 23 Alabama at Arkansas (2 PM)
Mar. 24 Alabama at Arkansas (1 PM)
Player of the Week Nomination5 Beau Hearod (DH, Jennings, La.)
In five games last week, Hearod batted .588 (10-17) with one home run and 10 RBI. He also added two runs, one double, one triple and compiled a .941 slugging percentage.
Against Tennessee, Hearod batted a team-high .636 (7-11) in the three-game sweep with one home run and seven RBI. Also added one run, one double and compiled a 1.000 slugging mark.
Hearod tied an Alabama single-game record with two hits in the Crimson Tide's 10-run third inning Mar. 12 against Miss. Valley State. In the inning, he collected an RBI triple and the later singled. He also scored one run.
Against Birmingham Southern, he tallied one hit and his sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning moved the go-ahead run into scoring position setting up the Tide's two-run inning to snap a 1-1 tie. UA won the game 4-2.
Collected game-winning RBI in series opener with Tennessee, posting a two-run single in the seventh inning to snap a 3-3 tie en route to UA's 7-3 win.
Tied career high with three hits in Bama's 14-2 win on Saturday, smashing a three-run home run in the third inning and adding an RBI single in the seventh inning.
In series finale, Hearod extended his hitting streak to eight games with RBI single in the sixth inning, scoring Brent Boyd with a key insurance run to give UA a 4-1 lead en route to a 7-1 win.
During his eight-game hitting streak, Hearod is batting .483 (14-29) with two home runs and 12 RBI. He has added five runs, two doubles, one triple and posted a .828 slugging mark.
For the season, he is batting .377 (29-77) in 21 starts at DH, with four home runs and 23 RBI. He leads Alabama in hitting, at bats, RBI, multiple hit games (9) and multiple RBI games (6).
Pitcher of the Week Nomination18 Lance Cormier (RHP, Lafayette, La.)
Tossed his second straight complete game with a 7-3 victory over Tennessee on March 15. It was his eighth complete game at Alabama.
In nine inning, he allowed just three runs (2 ER) on six hits, with one walk and five strikeouts.
The win was his 26th victory at Alabama, moving him to within one win of the school's all-time record of 27 wins held by Mike Innes (1968-71). *Dating back to last year, Cormier has won his last eight starts for Alabama and has one-third of the Tide's win total since May, 1, 2001 (UA 24-3, Cormier 8 wins).
Cormier won for the fifth time in his career against Tennessee and the second time this season. He also beat UT on March 1 at the Hormel Foods Classic in Minneapolis, Minn., tossing eight shutout innings (6 H, 11 K -career high).
For the season, Cormier is 6-0 with 0.96 ERA in six starts. He has pitched 47 innings and allowed 38 hits, five earned runs, four walks and 37 strikeouts.
News and Notes
- With a 19-2 record, Alabama has equaled the best 21-game start in school history, joining the 1983 and 1997 teams. Both the 1983 and 1997 teams started the season 19-2 and advanced to the College World Series, with both reaching the national championship game.
- Alabama won all five games this past week to extend its winning streak to eight games. The streak is the second-longest of the season by Alabama. The Crimson Tide opened the season by winning its first 10 games.
- During the eight-game winning streak, Alabama is batting .339 (93-274) with nine home runs and 66 RBI. Alabama is averaging 9.5 runs, 11.6 hits and 1.1 home runs in those eight games. The pitching staff has eight wins, five saves and posted a 2.50 ERA (72 IP, 20 ER) during the streak. Junior DH Beau Hearod has hit safely in all eight games, posting a .483 (14-29) average with two home runs and 12 RBI.
- Alabama's sweep of Tennessee this past weekend gives the Crimson Tide its first 3-0 start in league play since 1989, when the Tide also swept the Vols at home in the opening weekend.
- Alabama won all four games with Tennessee this season, including its SEC series sweep in Tuscaloosa over the weekend. The Crimson Tide also handed the Vols a 9-0 loss at the Hormel Foods Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. on March 1. In the four games this year, Alabama outscored Tennessee 37-6.
- Alabama batted .357 (35-98) in the sweep of Tennessee and averaged 9.3 runs and 11.67 hits per game. The pitching staff allowed only six earned runs (1.33 ERA) in the three game set and posted 22 strikeouts. The Alabama bullpen tossed seven scoreless innings and notched two saves in the series sweep.
- Alabama closes out its nine-game homestand this Wednesday (Mar. 20 against Jacksonville State (6:30 PM). Alabama is 17-0 at home this year and is riding a 21-game winning streak dating back to last season. The 21-game winning streak is the second longest in school history. The 1996 and 1997 teams combined to win a school-record 24 straight home games.
- After 21 games, Alabama is batting a season-best .317 (222-700) with 20 home runs and 148 RBI. Alabama has raised its season average 21 points in the last five games and has at least one extra base hit in 10 straight games.
- The pitching staff has worked 187 innings and allowed 175 hits, 53 earned runs, 41 walks and 160 strikeouts (almost 4:1 ratio K/BB). In addition, Alabama has allowed three earned runs or less in 16 of 21 games, including the last five in a row.
- Alabama also has 11 saves in 21 games this season. Last year, Alabama had only seven saves in 55 games.