Bama baseball notebook

Alabama's starting pitching had a great weekend against UMass, going 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA (22 IP, 16 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 21 K) this past weekend. Alabama's starters have thrown 19 consecutive innings without an earned run, dating back to the first game of the UMass series. <br><br>Bama's Beau Hearod was named SEC Player of the Week.

Overall Record: 12-3 (.800)

Current Streak: Won 4 straight

Last Week's Results: 4-0 (1.000)

March 4 Alabama 18, Belmont 4
March 5 Alabama vs. Birmingham Southern (PPD, Rain)
March 7 Alabama 16, UMass 1
March 8 Alabama 6, UMass 3
March 9 Alabama 12, UMass 0

This Week's Schedule:

Wed., March 12 Louisiana Tech at Alabama (6:30 PM)
Fri., March 14 Georgia at Alabama (6:30 PM)
Sat., March 15 Georgia at Alabama (4 PM)
Sun., March 16 Georgia at Alabama (2 PM)

SEC Player of the Week

#5 Beau Hearod, RF (Senior, Jennings, La.)

Stats (Week of March 4-9): 4 G, .643 (9-for-14), 7 R, 4 2B, 3B, HR, 10 RBI 15 Total Bases, 1.071 Slugging Pct.

Stats (vs. UMass): 3 G, .667 (6-for-9), 5 R, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 9 RBI 13 Total Bases, 1.444 Slugging Pct.

Season Stats: 15 G, .431 (22-for-51), 21 R, 8 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 32 RBI 55 Total Bases, 1.078 Slugging Pct.

Noteworthy: Averaged 2.5 RBI per game this week

The hot-hitting of University of Alabama right fielder Beau Hearod helped the University of Alabama baseball team to perfect record last week, including a three-game sweep of UMass at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Hearod was rewarded for his accomplishments on Monday as the Southeastern Conference Office named him SEC "Player of the Week".

In four games last week, the Jennings, La., native batted .643 (9-for-14) with one home run and 10 RBI for a 1.071 slugging percentage. In addition, he added seven runs, four doubles and one triple.

In the three-game series against UMass, Hearod batted .667 (6-for-9) with one home run and nine RBI. He added five runs, two doubles, one triple and a 1.444 slugging percentage. Hearod was responsible for the game-winning RBI in two of Alabama's three wins over UMass. He left the series opener after the first inning with an illness, but came to post two big games on Saturday and Sunday.

In the series finale, Hearod went 4-for-4 with seven RBI, tying his career high for hits and RBI in a game. His fourth-inning grand slam gave Alabama a 9-0 lead. It was his second of the season and fourth of his UA career.

Hearod was handy with the glove, too. He took a two-run home run away from UMass designated hitter Chris Morgan in the third inning as made a leaping catch at the wall. UA went on to post a 12-0 shutout win.

In 15 games this season, Hearod is batting .431 (22-for-51) with seven home runs and 32 RBI. The 32 RBI are the most by an Alabama player in a 15-game stretch since David Magadan tallied 32 RBI in 15 games from April 24-May 27, 1983.

In addition, Hearod has 21 runs scored, eight double, three triples and has compiled a 1.078 slugging percentage. Of his 22 hits this season, 17 have gone for extra bases.

In the latest SEC statistics, Hearod ranks among the league leaders in several offensive categories. He leads the league in triples (2), home runs (7), RBI (32), total bases (55) and slugging percentage (1.078). In addition, he is third in doubles (8), fourth in runs scored (21) and seventh in hitting (.431).

Pitcher of the Week Nomination

#39 Brent Carter, LHP (sophomore, Americus, Georgia)

Stats (Week of March 4-9): 1 G, 1 GS, 1-0, 0.00 ERA 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Season Stats: 4 GS, 3-1, 1.23 ERA 29.1 IP, 18 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 23 K

Noteworthy: Carter has allowed only one earned run in last 25 IP

  • Carter won his third straight start, beating UMass 6-3 on March 8
  • At one point in the game he retired nine straight UMass hitters
  • Allowed only one earned run in his last 25 IP (0.36)
  • In four starts, Carter has held opponents to a .176 batting average
  • Compiled nearly an 8:1 strikeout to walk ratio this season
  • Allowed only two walks in his last 25 IP

Bama Baseball Notes

  • UMass hitters were 5-for-43 (.116) with runners in scoring position against Alabama and 3-for-27 (.111) with two outs.
  • For the season, the Crimson Tide pitching staff is 12-3 with a 2.35 ERA (134 IP, 120 H, 35 ER, 28 BB, 131), including one complete game and six saves. The staff has compiled a better than 4:1 strikeout (131) to walk (28) ratio in 15 games.
  • Alabama has three starters hitting better than .400 through 15 games, including Zac Welch (.435, 20-for-46), Beau Hearod (.431, 22-for-51) and Adam Pavkovich (.418, 23-for-55). The trio has combined for 14 of the team's 21 home runs and 66 of the 128 RBI this season.
  • Welch enters the week with team and career best 13-game hitting streak. He has hit safely in every game he has played this year. In those 13 games, he is batting .435 with two HRs and 15 RBI. In addition to his 13-game hitting streak, Welch also has an eight-game RBI streak and has scored at least one run in 10 consecutive games, both career highs for the sophomore.
  • Pavkovich enters the week with an 11-game hitting streak, the second-longest of his career. He had a 13-game hitting streak last season for the Crimson Tide. During his current streak, Pavkovich is batting .512 (22-for-43) with five HRs and 18 RBI. He leads the Crimson Tide with nine doubles and 14 walks. Pavkovich started the season with just just one hit in his first 12 at-bats (.083) before going on his recent tear at the plate.
  • Hearod leads Alabama with 32 RBI in 15 games this season, including a career-high seven in Sunday's win over UMass. The Jennings, La., native is averaging 2.13 RBI per game this season. In the win over UMass, Hearod had four hits, including his second grand slam of the 2003 season. He also had a grand slam against SE Missouri State on Feb. 22. He has four career grand slams for the Crimson Tide and is two shy of Kyle Bryan's school record of six career grand slams.
  • In addition, Hearod has 22 hits this season in 15 games, including 17 extra base hits.
  • Alabama enters the week with a four-game winning streak, its second-longest of the 2003 season. The Crimson Tide won five straight games from Feb. 23-March 1. Alabama has also won nine of its last 10 games.
  • Alabama is still the only team to defeat the No. 1 ranked Rice Owls this season, winning 6-5 at the Minute Maid Park College Classic in Houston on Feb. 16.
  • Alabama posted its second shutout of the 2003 season with its 12-0 win over UMass on March 9. Alabama also blanked Miss. Valley State 21-0 on Feb. 27.
  • UA pinch hitters are 7-for-13 (.538) this season with three RBI. Junior Brad Van Winkle went 3-for-3 with two RBI in a pinch-hit role this weekend against UMass, collecting one hit in all three games.
  • For the season, the Alabama bench is hitting .362 (21-for-58) with one home run and 16 RBI in 15 games.
  • Alabama is 10-2 at home this season and has outscored the opposition 17-2 in the first inning. In the last three years, Alabama has won 46 of its last 50 regular season home games.
  • Alabama just completed a stretch where it played 11 games in 16 days from Feb. 22-March 9. Alabama won nine of those 11 games.
  • The Crimson Tide wraps up its longest home stand of the season this week, hosting Louisiana Tech and Georgia to close out the 16-game home stand that began Feb. 19. After the Georgia series, UA plays its next five games on the road, including an SEC series at Florida (Mar. 21-23).

BamaMag Top Stories