OVERALL RECORD: 38-7 (.844)
SEC RECORD: 16-5 (.762) (1st Place)
Last Week's Results:April 24 -- Alabama 11, Jacksonville State 10
April 26 -- Alabama 8, Auburn 6
April 27 -- Alabama 6, Auburn 5
April 28 -- Alabama 7, Auburn 0
This Week's Schedule:May 1 -- UAB at Alabama (6:30 PM)
May 3 -- Alabama at Georgia (6:30 PM, ET)
May 4 -- Alabama at Georgia (2 PM, ET)
May 5 -- Alabama at Georgia (2 PM, ET)
Player of the Week Nomination -- Brent Boyd(Sr., 1B,. Fort Worth, Texas)
four games, .400 (6-for-15), 6 R, 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 1.067 Slugging Pct.
Homered in all three games of the Crimson Tide's three-game sweep of arch-rival Auburn.
Smacked two-run home run in series opener and added solo home run in series finale.
Collected game-winning RBI in all three games as the Crimson Tide swept the Tigers for the first time since 1996.
Boyd smacked two-run, walk-off home run in 9th inning of the Crimson Tide's 6-5 win over the Tigers on April 27.
Also drove in winning run with sacrifice flies in game one and game three of the series.
Posted five home runs and 13 RBI in six games since moving to first base on April 20
Homered in three straight games for the first time in his career. Also homered in four of his last six games.
Collected two hits and scored two runs in UA's 11-10 win at Jax State (April 24). Boyd drew a bases-loaded walk in UA's six-run seventh inning that led to the win.
For the season, Boyd has appeared in 40 games and is batting .295 (46-for-156) this season with seven home runs and 36 RBI.
Pitcher of the Week Nomination -- Brian Reed(Jr., RHP, Amory, Mississippi)
two games, 1-0, 1 SV, 0.00 ERA, 7.1 IP, 3 H, BB, 6 K
Picked up one win and one save in two appearances this week for Alabama.
Notched third win of the season against Auburn (April 27), working a career-high 4.2 innings and allowing two hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
Reed entered the game with one out and the bases loaded in the fifth inning and the Crimson Tide trailing 5-1. The right-hander struck out Scott Schade and then coaxed a ground out from Doug Vines to end the inning.
Allowed only three AU base runners the remained of the game as UA rallied for the 6-5 win.
Pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his eighth save of the season at Jacksonville State (April 24), allowing one hit and adding three strikeouts.
Allowed only one earned run in his last 20 2/3 innings (0.44 ERA) over eight appearances.
TEAM NOTESAlabama won the first two games of the Auburn series in its last at-bat, marking the first time since May 20-21, 1995 the Crimson Tide has won consecutive games in its last at-bat.
The Crimson Tide outscored the Tigers 16-0 in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings this past weekend.
Alabama batted .310 (32-for-101) in the Auburn series with five home runs and 19 RBI. UA averaged seven runs and 10.7 hits per game against the Tigers.
The pitching staff limited the Tigers to 11 runs and 26 hits this past weekend, compiling a 2.67 ERA. Auburn averaged only 3.7 runs and 8.7 hits in the three losses.
The three-game series attracted three sellout crowds as 18,512 fans watched the Crimson Tide pull off the three-game sweep. It was the 8th largest weekend series crowd in stadium history.
Alabama has four SEC sweeps this season, including wins over Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky and Auburn.
Alabama will play its fifth consecutive game against an in-state team this Wednesday night as they host the UAB Blazers. Alabama defeated UAB (5-3) on April 10 at Birmingham. The Crimson Tide has posted an 8-1 record against in-state schools this season, including a six-game winning streak.
Shane Sanders (6 IP, 4 H, 9 K), Taylor Tankersley (4.2 IP, 2 H, 6 K) and Brian Reed (4.2 IP, 2 H, 3 K) combined for all three wins and one save this weekend and tossed 15 1/3 scoreless innings.
In his last 11 appearances out of the bullpen, Tankersley has recorded six wins, two losses and three saves for Alabama. With a 7-3 record this season, he is just one win away from tying the freshman record for wins at Alabama. B..J. Green (1998) and Scott Murphy (1999) share the record with eight wins in their rookie season.
Senior first baseman Brent Boyd (.364, 4-for-11) hit three home runs and tallied seven RBI in the three-game sweep of Auburn. Boyd was credited with three game winning RBI against the Tigers, including a walk-off, two-run home run in the ninth inning of game two. He added sacrifice flies in games one and three to bring home the winning run in the series.
Senior centerfielder Scott McClanahan (.308, 4-for-13) hit two home runs and drove in five runs against Auburn. He hit a two-run home run in the series opener to spark a four-run seventh inning as UA erased a 5-0 deficit. On Sunday, after throwing out a runner at home (double play) and then making a diving catch in right-center to end the inning, Scott hit a two-run home in the bottom of the inning to cap a four-run rally as UA extended its lead to 6-0.
Alabama has at least one extra base hit in 43 of 45 games this season.
The Crimson Tide has also doubled in 14 straight games, adding 48 doubles (3.43 per game) in those 14 games.
Since May 1, 2001, Alabama has posted a 44-8 (.846) record in its last 52 games.
Sophomore shortstop Adam Pavkovich is riding a career best 11-game hitting streak, equalling the longest of the season by a UA player. Senior catcher Jeremy Brown also posted an 11-game hitting streak from April 3-21. Boyd and junior designated hitter Beau Hearod had 10-game hitting streaks this year.
POS Player Games Put-Outs Assists Errors Percentage C Jeremy Brown 45 305 39 1 .997 1B Zac Welch 24 192 16 6 .972 2B Brent Boyd 33 40 86 3 .977 SS Adam Pavkovich 40 60 117 11 .941 3B Allen Rice 33 14 58 12 .857 OF Scott McClanahan 45 122 7 2 .985 OF Travis Garner 44 52 1 1 .981 OF Peter Stonard 25 42 1 0 1.000 TOTALS 45 1209 510 73 .959
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