Baseball status report

Alabama posted its 40th win of the season on Sunday at Georgia to become the 11th team in school history with 40 wins. This is the seventh 40-win season in eight years under Wells. <br><br>Alabama was one of three SEC teams to clinch a berth in the 2002 SEC Tournament on Sunday, joining South Carolina and Florida. The Crimson Tide missed the SEC Tournament last year, despite a 15-15 record in league play.

ALABAMA BASEBALL NOTEBOOK, Monday, May 6

OVERALL RECORD: 40-9 (.816)

SEC RECORD: 17-7 (.708) (1st Place)

Last Week's Results:

May 1 -- Alabama 8, UAB 1
May 3 -- Georgia 5, Alabama 0
May 4 -- Georgia 8, Alabama 7 (11)
May 5 -- Alabama 4, Georgia 2

This Week's Schedule:

May 10 -- Mississippi State at Alabama (6:30 PM)
May 11 -- Mississippi State at Alabama (4 PM)
May 11 -- Mississippi State at Alabama (2 PM)

Pitcher of the Week Nomination

# 16 Shane Sanders (RHP, Senior, Cullman, Alabama)

Sanders stopped Alabama's season-high two-game losing streak with a strong effort at Georgia on Sunday, leading the Crimson Tide to a 4-2 win.

Sanders (7-1) limited the Bulldogs to two runs and six hits en route to his first career complete game. He added two walks and four strikeouts as he threw 120 total pitches.

The Cullman native was seemingly in control from the start, allowing only two pop-fly home runs and limited the Bulldogs to eight total base runners.

In his last five outings, Sanders has allowed only seven runs in his last 32 2/3 innings on the mound, compiling a 1.98 ERA.

In his last seven Sunday starts, Sanders has allowed only eight earned runs in 42 1/3 innings for a 1.66 ERA. Alabama improved to 10-3 in Sanders 13 career starts.

For the season, Sanders has compiled a 7-1 record and 0.00 ERA for the Crimson Tide in 00 appearances, including 00 starts. He has not lost since March 30 at South Carolina.

TEAM NOTES

The Crimson Tide has completed its 2002 SEC schedule against Eastern Division teams, compiling an 11-4 record. Last year, Alabama was 10-5. This year's 11-4 ledger included sweeps over Tennessee, No. 6 Florida and Kentucky, and series losses to No. 3 South Carolina and Georgia.

Alabama lost two of three at Georgia this past weekend, mainly because of its inability to hit with runners in scoring position. In the three-game set, Alabama batted only .125 (3-for-24) with runners in scoring position. Bama was 0-for-8 in the series opener and stranded 12 runners in a 5-0 loss. In Saturday's 8-7 loss in 11 innings, Bama left 11 men on base (2-for-11 RISP), including the bases loaded in the 11th inning. In its only win in the series finale, UA was not much better, collecting one hit with runners in scoring position (5 AB) and leaving seven men on base.

The Crimson Tide dropped a 5-0 decision in the series opener at Georgia and has now lost 12 consecutive SEC series when losing game one. The last time Alabama lost game one and then rebounded to win the series was at Arkansas in 1998.

With a 4-2 win on Sunday, Alabama is now 16-3 this season when the game is decided by two runs or less. Last year, Bama was 8-18 in those games.

The Crimson Tide has 34 sacrifice flies this season, one shy of the all-time school record of 35 set in 1997. UA's 34 sac flies leads the SEC.

Senior first baseman Brent Boyd, who was the NCBWA's National Hitter of the Week (April 29) has accounted for the game-winning RBI in each of the Crimson Tide's last five wins. He added his fifth in a row at Georiga on Sunday with a sac fly to break a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning. He had all three GW RBI against Auburn (April 26-28) and drove in what proved to be the winning run against UAB (May 1) last week.

Shane Sanders tossed his first complete game for the Crimson Tide on Sunday at Georiga, as UA avoided the three-game sweep. Sanders (7-1) limited the Bulldogs to two runs and six hits as he won his seventh game of the season. He added two walks and four strikeouts as he threw 120 total pitches.

In his last five outings, Sanders has allowed only seven runs in his last 32 2/3 innings on the mound, compiling a 1.98 ERA.

In his last seven Sunday starts, Sanders has allowed only eight earned runs in 42 1/3 innings for a 1.66 ERA. Alabama improved to 10-3 in Sanders 13 career starts.

Alabama will not play any midweek games this week due to final exams and has one non-conference game remaining on its 2002 schedule. The Crimson Tide will host Miss. Valley State on Tuesday, May 14 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The game was scheduled as a make-up game of earlier rainout this season.

Alabama will play its last six SEC games against Western Division rivals Miss. State (May 10-12) and at LSU (May 17-19).

Alabama will honor its 2002 Senior Class in a pre-game ceremony prior to the Sunday, May 12 game with Miss. State. This year's senior class includes first baseman Brent Boyd (Ft. Worth, Texas), Jeremy Brown (Hueytown), pitcher Lance Cormier (Lafayette, La.), center fielder Scott McClanahan (Hartselle) and pitcher Shane Sanders (Cullman).


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