Crimson Tide Senior Leads the SEC in Five Offensive CategoriesMonday, March 10, 2003
TUSCALOOSA -- 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).