SEC Baseball Notes

Here are notes from Alabama's 12-2 victorty over Mississippi State in the first game of the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament.

*Alabama snapped its season-high three-game losing streak with a 12-2 win over Mississisppi State in the first round of the 2002 SEC Tournament.  Alabama won all four games with Mississippi State this season, including a three-game sweep in Tuscaloosa May 10-12. 

*The Alabama-Miss. State game was stopped in the eighth inning due to the SEC Tournament 10-run rule.  The Crimson Tide's last run-rule win was a 12-4 decision (8-run rule) over Georgia in the 2000 tournament.

*Alabama will play Florida on Thursday, May 23 at 5 p.m. (CT) in a winner's bracket game.  The Crimson Tide swept the Gators during the 2002 regular season (April 5-7) and has won eight straight in the series dating back to the 1997 regular season series finale in Gainesville.

*Senior center fielder Scott McClanahan hit a three-run home run in the first inning to extend his team lead to 13 home runs and 58 RBI this season.  McClanahan has now homered in five straight games against Mississippi State dating back the series finale during the 2001 season.  McClanahan has also homered in the first inning in two straight games against MSU.

*McClanahan's first-inning home run extended his hitting streak to eight games.  Junior right fielder Travis Garner doubled to lead off the game, extending his hiiting streak to seven games.  Garner has three seven-game hitting streaks this year.

*Senior first baseman Brent Boyd snapped an 0-for-16 slump at the plate with a third inning single against Miss. State.  Boyd was also hitless in his last 19 at-bats in SEC games prior to the single.

*Freshman Taylor Tankerlsey made only his third start of the 2002 season in the Crimson Tide's SEC Tournament opener with Miss. State.  Tankersley made his first career start in the Crimson Tide's 3-2 win over Georgia State on Feb. 20, striking out 10 batters in 6 1/3 innings.  His last start came at Minnesota on Mar. 2 in a 5-2 loss to the Golden Gophers.

*The Vicksburg, Miss., native worked a career high 7 1/3 innings in his first career SEC start.  He allowed two earned runs and nine hits with a season high six walks and three strikeouts. He threw 143 pitches.

*Tankerlsey (8-4) notched his eighth win of the season, tying the single-season freshman record for wins.  Current student assistant coach B.J. Green (1998) and Scott Murphy (1999) also won eight games in their rookie season.

*In three appearances this year against MSU, Tankersley worked 12 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs and 11 hits.  The lefty added seven walks and five strikeouts.  He had one win and one save in his three appearances.

*Tankersley has also been invied by USA Baseball to participate on Team USA this summer in Arizona.  Tankerlsey is one of 20 freshmen and sophomores in the country invited to the trials.  He joins Georgia catcher Clint Sammons and LSU second baseman Aaron Hill from the SEC.

*Sophomore shortstop Adam Pavkovich had three hits, three runs and two RBI in the win over Miss. State.  The Venice, Fla., native had a two-out single in the third inning and added a two-out double in the fifth inning.

*Miss. State allowed double figure runs in only three games this season, with two coming against Alabama.  In addition to today's 12-2 win, Alabama also beat MSU 11-4 on May 12 in Tuscaloosa.

*Freshman first baseman Spencer Pennington turned an ankle at practice on Tuesday, May 21 and is not on the Crimson Tide's SEC dress roster.  He will not be available this weekend.

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