Notes On Bama's Baseball Start

The Alabama baseball team of Coach Jim Wells got the season off to a nice start with a three-game sweep of Georgia State. Here are notes from Sunday's game. Bama returns to action this weekend hosting Troy.

Alabama senior centerfielder Emeel Salem (Mountain Brook) led off the game with his first home run of the season. Salem slammed a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall to give Alabama a 1-0 lead. Salem's leadoff was the first by an Alabama player since Matt Grooms led off the game against McNeese State with a home run on March 5, 2005.

Salem, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Sunday, was 3-for-4 in the win over Georgia State and recorded his first career multi-home run game for the Crimson Tide.

The Crimson Tide scored two runs in the first inning in all three games against Georgia State.

Sophomore Alex Avila (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) hit a three-run home run in the Tide's five-run second inning to tie Salem for the team lead with two home runs through three games. Avila has two home runs and four RBI this season.

Alabama has hit seven home runs in its first three games of the 2007 season.

The Crimson Tide turned four double plays in Sunday's win over Georgia State falling one short of the single-game school record. Alabama turned five double plays against Huntingdon in 1990 and Kentucky in 2005.

Alabama's starting pitchers allowed only one run in 16 2/3 innings against Georgia State. Sophomore Tommy Hunter and senior Brandon Belcher combined for 10 2/3 scoreless innings on Saturday, while sophomore Casey Kebodeaux allowed one run in five innings during Sunday's series finale.

Freshman Brandon May (Marietta, Ga.) made his Alabama debut on Sunday and recorded a pinch-hit double in his first collegiate at-bat in the eighth inning.

Junior Elvin Vargas (New York, N.Y.) made his Alabama debut on Sunday and flied out to right field as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.

Alabama is 3-0 for the first time since the 2002 team opened the year with 10 straight wins.


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