ALABAMA BASEBALL UPDATE: Monday, April 8, 2002Overall Record: 28-5 (.848)
SEC Record: 9-3 (.750)
Last Week's Results: 5-0 (1.000)Alabama 4, Southern Miss 2
Alabama 12, Austin Peay 10
Alabama 4, Florida 1
Alabama 7, Florida 2
Alabama 6, Florida 5
This Week's Schedule:April 10 -- Alabama at UAB (7 PM)
April 12 -- Alabama at Kentucky (6 PM, ET)
April 13 -- Alabama at Kentucky (6 PM, ET)
April 14 -- Alabama at Kentucky (1:30 PM, ET)
Player of the Week Nomination:5 Beau Hearod (DH, Jr., Jennings, La.)
Batted .421 (8-19) in five games this past week with four runs scored, one home run and three RBI. Also tallied 13 total bases (.684 slug) and compiled a .476 on-base mark.
In three games against Florida, Hearod batted a team-best .455 (5-11) with three runs scored and one RBI.
Hit solo home run vs. Southern Miss (April 2) to rally the Crimson Tide from a 3-0 deficit and spark a 4-2 win.
Collected two hits in win over Austin Peay (April 3) *Collected career high four hits and scored winning run in ninth inning against No. 6 Florida (April 8)
Hearod's single with one out in the ninth started the Crimson Tide's game-winning rally as UA posted four straight singles to sweep Florida for the third straight time
He also drove in a run in the Tide's two-run seventh inning to give UA a 3-1 lead.
Of his four hits, two were doubles, also a career high
Pitcher of the WeekRHP Lance Cormier (Sr., Lafayette, La.)
Tossed third complete game victory of the season leading Alabama to a 4-1 win over No. 6 Florida
In nine innings, Cormier limited the high-powered Gators to one run on six hits, while walking two and striking out eight. He struck out seven different UF batters in the lineup.
UF entered the game, hitting an SEC-leading .386 and averaged 12 runs and 16 hits per game. Cormier limited Florida to only one extra base hit (leadoff double in the 2nd inning) as the Gators batted just .194 (6-for-31) in the game.
He stranded Gators base runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings and then did not allowed another base runner until back-to-back singles in the ninth.
After falling behind 1-0 in the third inning, Cormier then retired the next 14 UF batters and shutout the Gators over the final 6 1/3 innings, their lowest run total of the 2002 season
The win was the 28th of his career, setting the all-time victory record at Alabama. He shared the mark at 27 career wins with Mike Innes (1968-71)\ *For the season, Cormier is 8-0 with an SEC-leading 1.36 ERA. He has pitched 72 2/3 innings and allowed 64 hits, 10 earned runs, 10 walks and 55 strikeouts.
ALABAMA TEAM NOTES
Alabama's 9-3 SEC record is the best under Jim Wells after 12 games and the best mark by a UA team since posting a 9-2-1 ledger in 1981.
The Crimson Tide got stellar pitching this weekend to post its third straight sweep over Florida (1998, 1999 and 2002). UA starters allowed just six earned runs and 23 hits in 24 innings and added 10 walks and 17 strikeouts.
Florida entered the weekend, leading the SEC in every offensive statistical category (except doubles). The Gators brought a .386 average to Tuscaloosa and averaged 11.6 runs and 14.6 hits per game. Alabama held Florida to a .263 average on the weekend as UF averaged just 2.6 runs and 8.6 hits per game.
Alabama's offense batted .270 (27-100) and averaged 5.3 runs and 9.0 hits per game against the Gators.
Alabama has won six straight series from the Gators, dating back to 1995. UA has also won 11 straight games from Florida, the longest by either team in series history. Coach Jim Wells has posted a 20-3 career record against the Gators since 1995.
Alabama has won a school record 26 straight home games, dating back to a 17-0 win over Jacksonville State on May 1, 2001. The Crimson Tide is 22-0 at home this year. The Crimson Tide set the modern day record by winning its 25th straight game over Florida (7-2) on April 6. The previous record was 24 consecutive home wins from April 21, 1996 through March 8, 1997.
Alabama has also homered in a season-high 10 straight games, hitting 17 home runs during the streak. Bama hit a season-high four home runs in its 12-10 win over Austin Peay last Wednesday night. Since March 3rd, Alabama has homered in 19 of 23 games, giving the team 38 home runs in 33 games.
From Mar. 26 through April 7, Alabama played eight of nine games against ranked teams. The Crimson Tide went 6-2 (.750) in those eight games.
The Crimson Tide also played 12 games in a 17-day stretch from Mar. 22 through April 7.
Bama has faced five starting left-handers in its last six SEC games.
The Crimson Tide will play all four games on the road this week, traveling to UAB on Wednesday night and playing at Kentucky this weekend. This is the second straight year Alabama has played at Kentucky. UA swept the three-game set last year in Lexington.