Alabama Crimson Tide Baseball Weekly Report

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Monday, April 04, 2005

Gabe Scott



Overall Record:  22-9 (.710)
SEC Record:  6-3 (.667) (T1st Overall, 1st SEC West)
Streak:  Won 21 of last 26 games; Won 3 of last 4 vs. Top 25 Teams

Last Week: 2-2 (.500)
Southern Miss 7, Alabama 4
Alabama 4, LSU 0
LSU 11, Alabama 2
Alabama 5, LSU 4 (13 Innings)

This Week:
April  6 - SE Louisiana (6:30 PM)
April  8 - at Ole Miss (6:30 PM)
April  9 - at Ole Miss (4 PM)
April 10- at Ole Miss (1:30 PM)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINATION:

21 Gabe Scott (OF, Sr., Lake Charles, La.)

*Gabe Scott was Alabama’s leading hitter this week as he batted .429 (6-for-14) in four games, with two home runs and five RBI.  He also added two runs and two walks for the week.

*In the three-game series win over No. 4 LSU, Scott batted .363 (4-for-11) with two home runs and four RBI.  He slugged a two-run home run in the sixth inning of the series opener to give Alabama a 4-0 win.  He added another two-run home run in the first inning of game two, as he homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.

*Scott has seven career home runs at Alabama.  Three of those seven home runs have come against LSU and five of the seven have come in the month of April.

*Scott hit safely in all four games this week to extend his hitting streak to 18 consecutive games, the longest by an Alabama player since Travis Garner had two, 18-game hitting streaks during the 2003 season.  During the streak, Scott is batting .407 (24-for-59) with two home runs and nine RBI.  He has also added three doubles and scored 10 runs scored.  He has raised his season batting average 177 points during the streak.

*For the season, Scott is batting .377 (26-for-69) with two home runs and nine RBI in 24 games. 

PITCHER OF THE WEEK NOMINATION:

18 T.J. Large (RHP, Jr., Seminole, Fla.)

*Alabama junior RHP T.J. Large (8 GS, 5-2, 1.31 ERA) fired a four-hit shutout in the win over No. 4 LSU.  Large, who allowed at least one LSU base runner in five of the nine innings, escaped jams in the first, second and fifth innings to record the first complete game of the season by Alabama.  He walked four and struck out five en route to his fifth win of the season.  At one point in the game, Large retired 10 straight LSU batters.  The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth inning but failed to score when Clay Harris grounded out to end the inning. LSU never threatened again in the loss.

*Large, who allowed three singles and one double in the win, ended three lengthy LSU hitting streaks on Friday night.  LSU senior left fielder Ryan Patterson (.431, 12 HR, 28 RBI) and senior second baseman Clay Harris (.402, 4 HR, 26 RBI) both had 15-game hitting streaks snapped in the opener.  Large also snapped senior right fielder Nick Staninoha’s (.333, 6 HR, 24 RBI) nine-game hitting streak.  The LSU trio was a combined 0-for-9 in the loss to Alabama.

*Large’s complete game gem gave the Alabama bullpen another day’s rest after throwing 20 1/3 innings in three games from Mar. 26-29.

*For the season, Large is 5-2 with a 1.31 ERA in eight starts. The junior has worked 55 innings and allowed 32 hits, 14 runs and eight earned runs, with 26 walks and 59 strikeouts.  Opponents are batting just .167 against Large.  Alabama is 7-1 (.875) in Large’s eight starts.

ALABAMA NOTEBOOK:

*Alabama (22-9, 6-3 SEC) won two of three from No. 4 LSU this weekend in Tuscaloosa.  The Crimson Tide posted  a 4-0 shutout win in the opener and outlasted the Tigers 5-4 (13 innings) in the series finale to take the series.

*The series win gives Alabama sole possession of first place in the SEC Western Division after nine games.  Alabama and Florida are the SEC co-leaders with identical 6-3 league records.

*Alabama has won six of its first nine SEC games this season.  The Crimson Tide won only 10 SEC games all of last season.

*Bama has won two of its first three SEC series this year.  Alabama won only one SEC series in 2004.  In addition, Alabama has won its first two SEC home series in 2005 after losing all five home series last year.

*The series win over LSU was the first by Alabama since the 1999 season.  LSU had won the last five series with Alabama.  The Crimson Tide had not won series against the Tigers since taking two series during the 1999 season.  The Crimson Tide won two of three in the regular season in Tuscaloosa and then swept the Tigers in the NCAA Super Regional to advance to the College World Series for the third time in four years.

*Alabama and LSU played a pitching-dominated series this past weekend in Tuscaloosa.  Alabama (24-for-107) and LSU (26-for-116) both hit only .224 in the weekend series.  Alabama hit four home runs in the series, including one long ball in all three games.  LSU hit three home runs and all three came in the 11-2 win in game two of the series.

*The Crimson Tide posted a 3.48 ERA (31 IP, 26 H, 15 R, 12 ER, 15 BB, 22 K) in the weekend series, while LSU posted a 2.79 ERA (29 IP, 24 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 9 BB, 20 K).

*Alabama was 2-for-26 (.077) with runners in scoring position in the series, while LSU was 7-for-25 (.280) with runners in scoring position.

*The Crimson Tide handed LSU its first back-to-back SEC series loss for the first time since 2002 when the Tigers dropped consecutive series to Vanderbilt (home) and Ole Miss (away).  The Tigers lost two of three at Alabama this weekend after losing two of three at home last weekend to Auburn.

*Alabama is 21-7 (.750) in its last 28 games.  Alabama has also won three of its last four SEC games.  The Crimson Tide has also won three of its last four games against Top 25 teams.

*The Alabama-LSU game equalled the longest game of the season in terms of innings.  Alabama and Vanderbilt also played a 13-inning game in Nashville on March 26 with the Commodores posting a 4-3 win. 

*The 13-inning game was the longest at Sewell-Thomas Stadium since Feb. 26, 1995 when Northeast Louisiana beat Alabama 6-4 in 13 innings.  NE Louisiana was coached by Smoke Laval in that game.  Laval is now the head coach at LSU.

*The Alabama-LSU game was the longest of the season by Alabama in terms of game time.  The Crimson Tide and Tigers played their 13-inning game in 4 1/2 hours on Sunday.

*In addition, the 4 1/2 hour game is the longest game in the modern era of Alabama baseball in terms of time of game.

*Alabama snapped a six-game losing streak in extra inning games on Sunday with its 5-4 win over LSU.  Alabama had lost both extra inning games this season and had not won an extra inning game since beating South Carolina 10-6 in 13 innings on March 29, 2002 at Sarge Frye Field in Columbia.

*Alabama (16) and LSU (15) combined for 31 runners left on base in the game.  The 16 LOBs by Alabama missed the school record by two.  The Crimson Tide stranded 17 base runners in an SEC Tournament win over Arkansas on May 20, 1995.

*Alabama suffered its worst loss of the season with an 11-2 loss to No. 4 LSU tonight at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.  The previous worst loss was a 7-1 setback at UAB on Feb. 24 at Young Memorial Field in Birmingham.

*The loss was also the worst loss to LSU since a 10-0 setback in Tuscaloosa in 1992.

*Alabama won the series opener with LSU, 4-0.  It was the first shutout by the Crimson Tide over the Tigers since a 14-0 win in Baton Rouge on the final day of the 2000 regular season.  The 4-0 win was also Alabama’s first shutout against LSU in Tuscaloosa since a 17-0 win in 1983.

*Alabama picked up its first win against LSU left-hander Lane Mestepey.  The Zachary, La., native allowed four runs and five hits in seven innings.  He entered the game with 2-0 record and 0.50 ERA in two career starts against Alabama, including a pair of complete games.

*Alabama suffered its first loss to Southern Miss since the 1987 season with a 7-4 loss on March 29 in Hattiesburg.  The Crimson Tide had won the last 11 meetings with the Golden Eagles.

*Freshman RHP Josh Copeland made his third start of the season on the mound for Alabama and all three starts have come in the last seven calendar days. Copeland pitched five shutout innings on March 23 against Jacksonville State in his first start of the season.  On March 27, he made his first SEC start against Vanderbilt and faced four batters without getting an out.

*Alabama has five outfield assists this season, including three by senior RF Morrow Thomley.  Alabama had one OF assist in three straight games this week against Southern Miss (Mar 29) and LSU (April 1-2).

*Freshman RHP David Robertson made his second start of the season and first career SEC start in the series finale against LSU.  The Tuscaloosa native worked 6 1/3 innings and allowed five hits, four runs and three earned runs, with two walks and seven strikeouts.

*Junior RHP Jordan Davis pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings out of the pen for his third win of the season.  Davis allowed five hits and struck out four in the win.  Davis’ 6 2/3 innings are the most by an Alabama reliever this season.  Robertson pitched 6 1/3 innings out of the pen and took the loss in the 4-3, 13-inning defeat at Vanderbilt on March 26.

*Davis entered the game with two runners on base and a one-run deficit in the seventh inning and stranded both inherited runners.  For the season, Davis has stranded 13 of 16 inherited runners.

*Junior 1B Evan Bush (3-for-5, RBI) drove in the winning run on Sunday with an RBI single to score sophomore CF Emeel Salem in the bottom of the 13th inning. 

*It was Bush’s sixth game-winning RBI of the season and second of the weekend against LSU.  He plated the winning run Friday night with a first inning sacrifice fly in the Tide’s 4-0 win in the series opener.

*Senior RF Morrow Thomley (2-for-5, HR, RBI) hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his third of the year.  The home run ended an 0-for-11 slump at the plate. 

*Alabama has homered in three straight SEC games for the first time this season.  UA homered in four straight games against Miami (Ohio) and Butler (Mar. 11-16, 2005) earlier this season.

*Alabama will play its next two SEC weekend series away from home, beginning next week at No. 6 Ole Miss (April 8-10).  Following the Ole Miss series, Alabama travels to No. 7 Florida (April 15-17) for a three-game set with the Gators.

*The Crimson Tide has lost four straight series with Ole Miss, dating back to the 2000 season.  Alabama has lost three straight series in Oxford and has not won two out of three on the UM campus since 1997.

*Alabama has lost its last two series with Florida.