Baseball status report

Alabama completed its first three-game sweep of Auburn this past weekend in Tuscaloosa for the first time since 1996. The Crimson Tide beat the Tigers four times in 1996, including three shutouts. Alabama's 7-0 win in the series finale marks the first shutout by Alabama over Auburn since a 4-0 win in the 1996 regular season finale. In addition, the 7-0 win in the series finale is the largest margin of victory in a shutout by the Crimson Tide over the Tigers since an 11-0 win in 1993.

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.


Alabama 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.

Fielding Stats

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

Ticket information, SEC Baseball Tournament

The 2002 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament is less than one month away. The tournament returns to Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Birmingham, Ala., May 22-26, to determine who will be the SEC's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Baseball Tournament. In previous years at the Hoover Met, the SEC Tournament has enjoyed record-setting crowds. This year promises to be no different. Below are details on how fans wishing to attend this year's tournament can get their tickets and enjoy the action.

As always, has all of the updated SEC baseball information, tournament updates, ticket information and fans can purchase their tickets to the SEC Tournament.


Reserved seats are still available for the SEC Baseball Tournament at the Hoover Met. The SEC Tournament has had 12 sessions of more than 9,000 fans in the last four years. Don't be left out. A reserved ticket is the only guaranteed seat in the stadium for some of the biggest games in the tournament. Tickets are $90 for a reserved ticket book for the entire tournament. Single game reserved tickets are $15 and only available only during the week of the tournament. Contact (800) 240-2300 or (205) 933-1280 to purchase tickets or for additional information.


Fans have the convenience of ordering Dr Pepper Six-Pack General Admission Tickets Books to the SEC Baseball Tournament. The ticket books contain six general admission tickets and can be used all on one game or six different games. Dr Pepper Six-Pack General Admission Ticket Books are $48 and can be bought up until the week of the tournament.


General Admission Ticket Books are being sold for the SEC Baseball Tournament. The books contain nine general admission tickets, one for each session of the tournament. General Admission Ticket Books are $65 each and can be bought up until the week of the tournament.


Fans that wish to bring their recreational vehicle to the SEC Baseball Tournament can use the Hoover Met's new RV Accommodation Area. For just $100 for the week of the tournament, fans can park their RVs in the new area and use amenities such as water and sanitary connections, 50, 30 & 20 AMP electrical service connections and daily garbage pick-up. There is also additional site space to accommodate canopy extension and/or an additional car. The RV Area is just a short walk from the front entrance of the Hoover Met. For reservations, contact Sam South of the Alabama Sports Foundation at (205) 967-4745, ext. 117.


As always, if you cannot make it to the 2002 SEC Baseball Tournament, keep up with each pitch online at Also, each game will be televised regionally on Comcast Sports Southeast and SEC -- TV (FOX Sports Net South, FOX Sports Net Southwest and Sunshine Network).

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