Bama baseball notes, 4/22/02

Alabama lost its first home series of the year this past weekend to the ninth-ranked Ole Miss Rebels, losing games one and three. Alabama's 4-3 loss in the series opener snapped a school-record 27-game home winning streak that dated back to May 1, 2001.

ALABAMA BASEBALL NOTEBOOK

Overall Record: 34-7 (.829)

SEC Record: 13-5 (.722) (1st Place, SEC West and Overall)

Last Week's Results:

April 17 Alabama 14, Samford 7
April 19 Ole Miss 4, Alabama 3
April 20 Alabama 12, Ole Miss 2
April 21 Ole Miss 5, Alabama 2

This Week's Schedule:

April 24 Alabama at Jacksonville State (6 PM)
April 26 Auburn at Alabama (6:37 PM) (Comcast Sports South)
April 27 Auburn at Alabama (3:07 PM) (FOX Sports Net South)
April 28 Auburn at Alabama (2 PM)

Pitcher of Week Nomination

# 9 Jeffrey Norris (LHP, Sophomore, Vestavia Hills, Ala.)

The walk-on tossed his second consecutive complete-game, beating No. 9 Ole Miss 12-2 on Saturday, April 20

Norris allowed only two runs (one earned) and eight hits en route to his third consecutive SEC win. Also added one walk and two strikeouts.

Of the eight Ole Miss hits, seven were singles.

Retired nine straight batters at one point in the game.

Posted three straight wins over SEC foes No. 6 Florida, Kentucky and No. 9 Ole Miss.

In seven games this season, Norris has compiled a 4-0 record and 1.93 ERA. He has made five starts and logged two complete games. Norris has worked 37 1/3 innings and allowed eight earned runs and 33 hits, while walking eight and recording 25 strikeouts.

Prior to the 2002 season, Norris had pitched only one inning in the last four seasons. He served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints upon graduating from Vestavia Hills High School (1998-99). In 2000, he joined the Alabama team and was redshited. Last year (2001), he pitched one inning in a win over Samford.

ALABAMA TEAM NOTES

Alabama batted .327 (33-for-101) in the series with Ole Miss, but lacked the clutch hits in games one and three. In its two losses to the Rebels, Alabama stranded 24 base runners, including 16 in scoring position. Alabama left 13 men on base in Friday's 4-3 loss and stranded 11 more in Sunday's 5-2 loss.

While Alabama (.327) hit 72 points higher than the Rebels (.255) in the series, UM was better with men in scoring position, out hitting Alabama .320 to .282 in the three games.

Alabama pitchers gave up seven fewer earned runs than Ole Miss this past weekend. The Crimson Tide compiled a 3.00 ERA compared to 5.54 for Ole Miss.

Another key factor in the series loss was the play of the defense. Alabama made six erorrs in the series, while Ole Miss made only one error.

Junior left fielder Grant Redding was the leading hitter against Ole Miss, compiling a .556 (5-for-9) average with three doubles and three runs scored. For the week, he hit a team-high .636 (7-for-11) with four doubles and four runs scored. He is also riding a career high seven-game hitting streak. Redding is batting .591 (13-for-22) during his streak with five doubles, two RBI and eight runs scored.

Adam Pavkovich and Travis Garner also have seven-game hitting streaks. Pavkovich is batting .303 (10-for-33) during his streak with three doubles, one home run and seven RBI. He also has scored nine runs. Garner is batting .480 (12-for-25) with three doubles, one home run and nine RBI. He has also added seven runs.

Garner posted a career high five RBI in Alabama's 14-7 win over Samford last Wednesday night.

*The Crimson Tide scored a run in nine consecutive innings in wins over Kentucky (April 14) and Samford (April 17). The streak began in the fourth inning at Kentucky and ended after the fourth inning of the Samford game. The Crimson Tide scored a total of 27 runs in those nine innings and averaged three runs per inning.

Senior Brent Boyd made his first career start at first base on Saturday (April 20) against Ole Miss and hit two home runs and drove in five runs in the Tide's 12-2 win. Boyd's first-inning grand slam highlighted a seven-run first inning as UA took a 9-0 lead after two innings. Boyd added a solo home run in the eighth inning.

The first inning grand slam was his third career grand slam and second this year by an Alabama player. Jeremy Brown hit a 13th inning grand slam in a 10-6 win at South Carolina (Mar. 29). The two home run game was also the third in Boyd's career. He last hit two home runs against Ole Miss on April 22, 2000. The two home runs on Saturday gives him six career home runs against the Rebels.

*Alabama has doubled in 10 straight games and has 97 doubles in 41 games this season. The Crimson Tide has 23 doubles in its last five games.

HITTING STREAKS (Season)

11 Jeremy Brown (April 3-20, 2002)
10 Brent Boyd (Feb. 17-March 6, 2002)
10 Beau Hearod (March 8-22, 2002)

HITTING STREAKS (Current)

7 Travis Garner
7 Adam Pavkovich
7 Grant Redding

FIELDING STATS

Pos Player           G  PO  AST  E  FLD%
C   Jeremy Brown     41 279  35  1  .997
1B  Zac Welch        24 192  16  6  .985
2B  Brent Boyd       33  60  90  3  .980
SS  Adam Pavkovich   36  60 101 12  .931
3B  Allen Rice       32  16  60 12  .864
OF  Peter Stonard    25  42   1  0 1.000
OF  Travis Garner    40  46   1  0 1.000
OF  Scott McClanahan 41 108   6  2  .983 

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