Bama baseball notes: 4/01/02

Alabama went 4-3 on its recent seven-game, 11-day road trip (Mar. 22-March 31), which began last weekend at Arkansas at Fayetteville. The Crimson Tide won two of three at Arkansas (Mar. 22-24) and beat Oklahoma on Mar. 26 at Oklahoma City. The road trip ended when UA lost two out of three at South Carolina this past weekend.

ALABAMA BASEBALL UPDATE

Sunday, March 31, 2002
Overall Record: 23-5 (.821)

Last Week: 2-2 (.500)
March 26 -- Alabama 17, Oklahoma 3 (at Oklahoma City)
March 29 -- Alabama 10, South Carolina 6 (at Columbia, SC)
March 30 -- South Carolina 9, Alabama 6 (at Columbia, SC)
March 31 -- South Carolina 4, Alabama 3 (at Columbia, SC)

This Week's Schedule

April 2 -- Southern Miss at Alabama (6:30 PM)
April 3 -- Austin Peay at Alabama (6:30 PM)
April 5 -- Florida at Alabama (6:30 PM)
April 6 -- Florida at Alabama (4 PM)
April 7 -- Florida at Alabama (2 PM)

Player of the Week Nomination

11 Travis Garner (OF, Jr., Sturgis, Miss.)

In four games last week, Garner was Alabama's leading hitter with a .562 (9-for-16) average with six runs scored, two HRs, two RBI and one OF assist.

At South Carolina, Garner led the Tide with a .533 (8-for-15) with six runs scored, two home runs and two RBI.

In Friday night's opener, Garner recorded his first career OF assist by throwing out the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning.

The junior tied an Alabama single-game record on Saturday, going 5-for-5 at the plate. The last UA player with five its in a game was Jeremy Brown at West Alabama (2000).

Garner also scored a career high four runs in the 9-6 loss to No. 3 USC.

Homered in back-to-back games at South Carolina (Mar. 29-30) for the first time in his career.

TEAM NOTES

  • On the road trip, Alabama batted .298 (79-for-265) with nine home runs and 45 RBI. The Crimson Tide averaged seven runs and 11.3 hits per game on the trip. Junior LF Travis Garner was the top hitter, posting a .500 (11-for-22) average with seven runs scored, two home runs and three RBI. He also compiled a .522 on-base percentage.
  • The Crimson Tide and South Carolina Gamecocks staged three classic games in its SEC series this past weekend in Columbia. The Crimson Tide and Gamecocks scored exactly the same number of runs (19) and stranded exactly the same number of bases runners (25) in the three-game series pitting a pair of Top 10 clubs. Alabama won the opener with a 13-inning thriller on Friday night as Jeremy Brown's grand slam highlighted a five-run 13th inning. USC used a grand slam of its own to clinch Saturday's 9-6 win . On Sunday, USC erased a 3-2 deficit with two runs in the seventh to claim a 4-3 win.
  • Alabama's 17-3 win over Oklahoma last Tuesday night in Oklahoma City began of stretch where the Crimson Tide plays eight of its next nine games against ranked opponents. All four games last week came against Top 20 teams, while the Crimson Tide will play four games this week against Top 20 clubs, including Southern Miss and Florida (three games).
  • Alabama returns to the Joe this week for five games against Southern Miss, Austin Peay and Florida. The USM game will mark the Crimson Tide's first home game since Sunday, Mar. 17.
  • With five games this week, Alabama continues a stretch in which it plays 12 games in 17 calendar days (Mar. 22-April 7).
  • *Alabama has homered in five straight games, its second longest streak of the season. UA homered in six straight games from March 3-12, hitting 10 total home runs. Alabama's current five-game streak has seen the Tide hit eight home runs.
  • Alabama has hit into 32 double plays this season to lead the SEC. The Crimson Tide hit into eight DPs this weekend at South Carolina, including three in each of the last two games.
  • Junior LF Travis Garner tied an Alabama single-game record with five hits in the loss to South Carolina (Mar. 30). The last UA player to have five his in a game was Jeremy Brown at West Alabama (2000). In addition, Garner also scored a career-high four runs in the loss.
  • Senior catcher Jeremy Brown tallied 11 RBI in an 11 at-bat stretch from Mar. 26-30, including back-to-back five RBI games at Oklahoma (Mar. 26) and South Carolina (Mar. 29) Brown also posted seven hits in those 11 at-bats.
  • Alabama posted a 14-5 record in the month of March, compiling a .322 (219-for-680) average with 22 home runs and 133 RBI. The Crimson Tide also posted a nine-game winning streak (Mar. 8-22) during the month, its second-longest winning streak of the year. Garner was the team's leading hitter in March with a .387 (24-for-62) average with two home runs and six RBI.
  • In 19 games this month, Brown batted 377 (26-for-69) with seven home runs and 30 RBI en route to compiling a .797 slugging percentage. Brown averaged 0.67 RBI per game in March.

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