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Game 60:  (3) HOUSTON COUGARS VS. (2) Alabama Crimson Tide
MAY 30, 2003, 2 PM CT
C.E. "Pat" OLSEN FIELD
COLLEGE STATION, TX
* 2003 SEC Tournament Champions advance to regionals

ALABAMA PLAYING IN 16TH NCAA REGIONAL

For the 16th times in school history and the eighth time in nine years under coach Jim Wells, the No. 23 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will be playing in the NCAA Regionals at the College Station (Texas) Regional here at C.E. "Pat" Olsen Field.  The No. 2 seed Crimson Tide will open the four-team, double-elimination tournament on Friday, May 30 at 2 p.m. (CT) against the No. 3 seed Houston Cougars.  Alabama and UH have met once already this season season with the Cougars posting a 7-2 win at the Minute Maid Park College Classic in Houston on Feb. 15.  Alabama earned its second straight automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals by winning the SEC Tournament last weekend in nearby Hoover, Ala. The Crimson Tide posted four straight wins over No. 2 seed South Carolina, No. 3 seed Auburn (twice) and No. 1 seed LSU to earn its seventh overall title and sixth under Wells.  The four Alabama games drew 46,850 fans (11,713 average) and the Crimson Tide's 7-5 win over Auburn  on May 23 attracted the second-largest crowd (14,427) in SEC Tournament history.

NCAA REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS

While in College Station, Alabama will be staying at the Best Western Inn at Chimney Hill (979-260-9150) Barry Allen and Mitch Dobbs will accompany the team to the NCAA Tournament.

THE RECORDS

Alabama (37-22, SEC Trny Champs) enters the NCAA Regionals riding a four-game winning streak and has won five of its last six games. Houston (32-27, 1-2 CUSA Trny) has lost eight of its last 15 games since April 27th.

THE COACHES

Alabama's Jim Wells is in his ninth season at the Capstone, compiling a 408-174 (.701) record at the helm of the Crimson Tide.  Overall, Wells is 600-262 (.696) in his 14th season as a Division I head coach.  The 2002 SEC "Coach of the Year" has led the Crimson Tide to six SEC Tournament Championships (1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2003).  Houston head coach Rayner Noble has compiled a 326-221 (.596) record in nine years at UH. 

TIDEBITS

Bama will be looking to avenge a regular-season loss to the Cougars this Friday in Aggieland...

UH won 7-2 in the first meeting this year on Feb. 15...All four of UA's post-season wins thus far have come against teams that beat the Crimson Tide in the regular season...SS Adam Pavkovich has 26 doubles this year, which is a record for UA shortstops and the second-most in a season at UA...RF Beau Hearod is the 5th player in school history to amass 80 RBI

NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The Alabama Crimson Tide is making its 17th NCAA Tournament appearance at the 2003 College Station (Texas) Regional hosted by the Texas A&M Aggies. 

*This is the school's eighth NCAA Regional appearance in nine years under coach Jim Wells.

*The 2003 College Station Regional opener against the Houston Cougars will mark the Crimson Tide's 60th all-time NCAA Regional game, dating back to the District III Playoffs in the late 1940s.

*Alabama enters the 2003 NCAA Regionals looking for its 40th all-time NCAA Tournament win.  UA has a current post-season record of 39-20 (.661) in its previous 59 NCAA Regional games.

All-Time NCAA Regional Record:  39-20 (.661)
All-Time NCAA Super Regional Record:  2-0 (1.000)
NCAA Regional Championships:  5 (1950, 1983, 1996, 1997 & 1999)
First Appearance: 1947
Last Appearance:  2002

Atlantic Regional Record: 5-4 (.556)

East Regional Record: 3-2 (.600)

Palo Alto Regional Record: 3-2 (.600)

South Regional Record: 18-6 (.750)
Championships: 1950, 1983, 1996 & 1997

Tuscaloosa Regional Record: 6-2 (.750)
Championship: 1999

West Regional Record: 3-2 (.600)

1947 South District III
Charlotte, NC
Alabama 7, Virginia 2
Clemson 1, Alabama 0
Alabama 4, Virginia 0
Alabama 8, Clemson 1
Clemson 4, Alabama 1 (Championship)

1948 South District III
Charlotte, NC
Alabama 4, George Washington 1
North Carolina 11, Alabama 3
George Washington 9, Alabama 8

1950 South District III
Kannapolis, NC
Regional Champions
Alabama 6, Clemson 1
Alabama 3, Wake Forest 2
Alabama 5, Wake Forest 4 (Championship)

1968 South District III
Gastonia, NC
North Carolina 3, Alabama 1
Florida State 6, Alabama 1

1983 South Regional
Tallahassee, Fla.
Regional Champions
Alabama 6, Miami 4
Alabama 7, Florida State 5
Alabama 11, Miami 9 (Championship)

1986 Atlantic Regional
Coral Gables, Fla.
Third Place
South Carolina 5, Alabama 3
Alabama 4, Navy 1
Alabama 8, South Carolina 7
Georgia Tech 12, Alabama 6

1991 Atlantic Regional
Tallahassee, Fla.
Regional Runner-up
Alabama 5, Florida International 1
Alabama 5, St. John's 2
Florida State 5, Alabama 2
Alabama 8, Georgia Tech 4
Florida St. 6, Alabama 5 (Championship)

1995 East Regional
Clemson, SC
Regional Runner-up
Winthrop 4, Alabama 0
Alabama 6, Navy 0
Alabama 11, Richmond 4
Alabama 14, Winthrop 0
Clemson 7, Alabama 4

1996 South I Regional
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Regional Champions
Alabama 19, Princeton 2
Alabama 9, South Alabama 3
Alabama 3, Stetson 1
Alabama 18, Virginia 8 (Championship)

1997 South II Regional
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Regional Champions
Alabama 8, Troy State 5
Alabama 6, Wichita State 2
Alabama 6, North Carolina State 3
Alabama 9, So. California 8 (10) (Championship)

1998 West Regional
Stanford, Calif.
Regional Runner-up
Alabama 8, Minnesota 2
North Carolina State 13, Alabama 10
Alabama 13, Loyola Marymount 5
Alabama 9, North Carolina State 2
Long Beach St. 5, Alabama 3 (Championship)

1999 Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Regional
Regional Champions
Alabama 16, Navy 3
Alabama 10, Southern Miss 4
Alabama 7, Southern Miss 6 (Championship)

1999 Super Regional
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Super Regional Champions
Alabama 13, LSU 6
Alabama 13, LSU 5

2000 Palo Alto (Calif.) Regional
Regional Runner-up
Alabama 8, Nevada 2
Stanford 8, Alabama 6
Alabama 6, Nevada 5
Alabama 14, Stanford 9
Stanford 16, Alabama 6 (Championship)

2002 Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Regional
Regional Runner-up
Southeast Missouri State 7, Alabama 4
Alabama 6, Auburn 3
Alabama 7, Southeast Missouri State 4
Alabama 7, Fla. Atlantic 2
Fla. Atlantic 6, Alabama 5 (Championship)

ALABAMA TRAVELS TO A&M REGIONAL

The University of Alabama baseball team (37-22, No. 2 seed) will travel to College Station, Texas and face the Houston Cougars (32-27, No. 3 seed) to open NCAA regional play on Friday at 2 p.m.  The tournament selections were announced on ESPN2 Monday.

"I'm just glad that we're in," Alabama head coach Jim Wells said.  "From what I can tell it's a winnable region.  Each game you play is going to be tough and it gets tougher after that."

Alabama played Houston earlier this season, losing 7-2 at the Astros College Classic at Minute Maid Park in Houston on February 15.

"I'm ready to go," Tide reliever Brian Reed said.  "We played them at Minute Maid but they are not the same team they were then and we're not the same team we were then.  This time of year it's all about the team that wants it more."

Texas A&M (No. 1 seed) and Oral Roberts (No. 4 seed) are the other teams in the regional.  The 2003 regional is the 16th overall appearance for the Crimson Tide, and the 8th for the Tide in Wells' nine seasons. 

"It will be a difficult regional but we are going to College Station ready to play," Tide senior and SEC Tournament MVP Beau Hearod said.  "We have to go out and play as well as we can.  We're hot right now and we will be prepared."

Alabama automatically qualified for the tournament by winning the 2003 Southeastern Conference tournament in Hoover on Sunday, May 25, beating the No. 1, 2 and 3 seeds.  With a 10-3 win over LSU in the championship game, the Crimson Tide extended its record to 10-8 against SEC Western division teams this season. 

Combined, the SEC West teams have a higher average RPI than any conference in the nation.

"The SEC Tournament was the best four days of our season," Wells said.  "It came at the best time possible.  I'm really proud of what they have done and I think we can maintain this momentum."

Friday, May 30, 2003
2 PM    (2) Alabama vs. (3) Houston
7 PM    (1) Texas A&M vs. (4) Oral Roberts

Saturday, May 31, 2003
10 AM   Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser
 2 PM   Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
 7 PM   Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser

Sunday, June 1, 2003
2 PM    Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
7 PM    Same two teams, if necessary

ALL-TIME NCAA TOURNAMENT RECORDS

Since its first trip to the NCAA District III Playoffs in 1947, Alabama has 16th NCAA post-season tournaments. 

*The 2003 NCAA College Station Regional will be UA's first-ever post season tournament in the state of Texas.

*Houston, Texas A&M and Oral Roberts will all be first-time NCAA Regional opponents for the Crimson Tide. 

*Entering this year's post-season, Alabama has played 30 different teams in NCAA Regional play.  The results below do not include Super Regionals or College World Series games.

Opponent                   Record     
Navy                       3-0 (1.000)
Virginia                   3-0 (1.000)
Miami, Fla.                2-0 (1.000)
Nevada                     2-0 (1.000)
Southern Mississippi       2-0 (1.000)
Wake Forest                2-0 (1.000)
Auburn                     1-0 (1.000)
Florida International      1-0 (1.000)
Loyola Marymount           1-0 (1.000)
Minnesota                  1-0 (1.000)
Princeton                  1-0 (1.000)
Richmond                   1-0 (1.000)
St. John's                 1-0 (1.000)
South Alabama              1-0 (1.000)
Southern California        1-0 (1.000)
Troy State                 1-0 (1.000)
Wichita State              1-0 (1.000)
Florida Atlantic           1-1 (.500)
George Washington          1-1 (.500)
Georgia Tech               1-1 (.500)
South Carolina             1-1 (.500)
Southeast Missouri State   1-1 (.500)
Winthrop                   1-1 (.500)
NC State                   2-2 (.500)
Clemson                    2-3 (.400)
Stanford                   1-2 (.333)
Florida State              1-3 (.250)
Long Beach State           0-1 (.000)
North Carolina             0-1 (.000)

JIM WELLS NCAA TOURNEY HISTORY

The 2003 NCAA College Station Regional is Coach Jim Wells' 10th NCAA Regional appearance, including eight with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

*Alabama coach Jim Wells has compiled a 23-8 (.742) record in NCAA Regional play since 1995. 

*Overall, Wells is 24-12 (.667) in NCAA Regional play, including two post-season trips with the Northwestern State Demons.

NCAA Regional Appearances for Coach Jim Wells

Year      NCAA Regional
1991      South I
1994      NCAA Midwest II
1995      East
1996      South
1997      South II
1998      West
1999      Tuscaloosa
2000      Palo Alto, Calif.
2002      Tuscaloosa
2003      College Station, Texas

WELLS VERSUS NCAA FOES

Here is Coach Wells all-time record in NCAA Regional play.

Opponent                   Record     
Navy                       2-0 (1.000)
Nevada                     2-0 (1.000)
Southern Mississippi       2-0 (1.000)
Auburn                     1-0 (1.000)
Illinois State             1-0 (1.000)
Loyola-Marymount           1-0 (1.000)
Minnesota                  1-0 (1.000)
Princeton                  1-0 (1.000)
Richmond                   1-0 (1.000)
South Alabama              1-0 (1.000)
Southern Cal               1-0 (1.000)
Stetson                    1-0 (1.000)
Troy State                 1-0 (1.000)
Virginia                   1-0 (1.000)
Wichita State              1-0 (1.000)
North Carolina State       2-1 (.667)
Florida Atlantic           1-1 (.500)
Southeast Missouri State   1-1 (.500)
Winthrop                   1-1 (.500)
Cal State Fullerton        0-1 (.000)
Clemson                    0-1 (.000)
Long Beach State           0-1 (.000)
LSU                        0-1 (.000)
Memphis                    0-1 (.000)
UL Lafayette               0-1 (.000)

 
ALABAMA'S NCAA NOTEBOOK

*Alabama is 14-2 (.875) in NCAA Regional play at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, winning titles in 1996, 1997 and 1999.

*The Crimson Tide is 9-6 (.600) in regional play on the road (not including neutral sites) and has advanced to Omaha on the road only once, winning the 1983 South Regional at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.

*Alabama coach Jim Wells is just 1-3 (.250) in NCAA Regional play against the host team.

Opponent            Result (Year)
at Clemson          L 7-4 (1995)
at Stanford         L 8-6 (2000)
at Stanford         W 14-9 (2000)
at Stanford         L 16-6 (2000)

*The Crimson Tide is 2-5 (.286) against the host team in NCAA Regional play.

Opponent            Result (Year)
at Florida State    W 7-5 (1983)
at Florida State    L 5-2 (1991)
at Florida State    L 6-5 (1991)
at Clemson          L 7-4 (1995)
at Stanford         L 8-6 (2000)
at Stanford         W 14-9 (2000)
at Stanford         L 16-6 (2000)

 
ALABAMA-HOUSTON SERIES

The Alabama-Houston series is tied 5-5 (.500) after the Cougars posted a 7-2 win over the Crimson Tide on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the 2003 Minute Maid Park College Classic in Houston.

*The 2003 NCAA Tournament game will mark the second meeting of the year between Alabama and Houston.  The Cougars claimed a 7-2 win over the Crimson Tide on Feb. 15 in second round action at the Minute Maid Park College Classic in Houston.

*UH left-hander Danny Zell (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) worked seven strong innings for the win over Alabama.

*First baseman Brett Cooley (4-for-5, HR, 4 RBI), who has missed the last three quarters of the season with a torn hamstring, hit one home run and drove in four runs.

*Alabama left-hander Brent Carter (4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 4 K), who lasted just 4 1/3 innings on the mound, suffered the loss in his first start of the 2003 season.

*Junior DH Brad Van Winkle, who is no longer on the Alabama team, had two of the Tide's six hits in the loss.

*The 2003 NCAA tourney opener marks the fifth straight meeting between UA and UH in the state of Texas, with four of those five meeting coming in the city of Houston.

*The Cougars hosted the Crimson Tide in a three-game set to open the 1999 season and won the final two games to take the three-game series. 

*In 1998, Alabama swept a three-game set from UH in Tuscaloosa. 

*The two schools first met in 1976 with both teams winning one game in Tuscaloosa. 

*UA and UH also met in the 1989 Diamond Club Classic in Mobile, with the Cougars posting an 8-4 win.

Alabama-Houston Series Scores

Year    Results                             
1976    Houston 10, Alabama 4 (DH)
        Alabama 6, Houston 4 (DH)
1989    Houston 8, Alabama 5 (Mobile)
1998    Alabama 15, Houston 5
        Alabama 4, Houston 2
        Alabama 8, Houston 4
1999    Alabama 5, @Houston 1
        @Houston 9, Alabama 5 (10)
        @Houston 5, Alabama 2
2003    Houston 7, Alabama 2 (Minute Maid Park)

*Alabama coach Jim Wells is 5-4 (.556) in his career against UH, including a 4-3 (.571) mark with the Crimson Tide.

Wells vs. Houston Cougars

Year    Results                             
1991    Northwestern State 6, Houston 5
        Houston 7, Northwestern State 6 (12)
1998    Alabama 15, Houston 5
        Alabama 4, Houston 2
        Alabama 8, Houston 4
1999    Alabama 5, @Houston 1
        @Houston 9, Alabama 5 (10)
        @Houston 5, Alabama 2
2003    Houston 7, Alabama 2 (Minute Maid Park)

*Houston coach Rayner Noble is 3-4 (.429) against Alabama, but has won the last three meetings.

ALABAMA VS. CONFERENCE USA

Alabama owns a 184-75 (.710) record against the current Conference USA field.  Not all of those meetings have taken place while members of CUSA, which formed during the 1995-96 school year.

*Since the formation of the league, Alabama has faced Southern Miss (10-0), UAB (10-4), Houston (4-2) and Tulane (0-1), posting a 24-8 (.750) ledger.

*In addition, Alabama has never faced Charlotte and Cincinnati.

Opponent          Last Mtg     Record
UAB               2003         31-12
Charlotte         NA           0-0
Cincinnati        NA           0-0
East Carolina     NA           0-0
Houston           2003         5-5
Louisville        1994         10-2
Memphis           1984         11-4
St. Louis         1994         1-0
South Florida     1994         1-4
Southern Miss     2002         65-22
TCU               1993         0-2
Tulane            2000         60-24
Overall           2003         184-75

ALABAMA-TEXAS A&M SERIES

The Alabama-Texas A&M baseball series is a brief two-game series, with the Aggies winning both games to claim the championship of the 1995 Continental Airlines Aggie Classic here at Olsen Field.

The Crimson Tide posted a 4-2 (.667) at the 1995 regular season tourney here in College Station, winning two games each with New Mexico and Illinois. 

Alabama-Texas A&M Series Scores

Year   Results
1995   Texas A&M 6, Alabama 2
       Texas A&M 5, Alabama 4

*Alabama coach Jim Wells is 0-2 (.000) in his career against the Aggies.

*A&M coach Mark Johnson, a former assistant coach to Ron Polk at Miss. State, is 2-0 (1.000) in his career against Alabama.

BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Alabama is only 9-10 (.474) against the current Big 12 Conference field.

*Alabama has not lost a game to a member of the league since its inception in 1996.

*Since the 1996 season, UA is a perfect 7-0 (1.000) against Big 12 foes, including wins over Oklahoma (3-0), Oklahoma State (2-0) and Kansas State (2-0). 

Opponent          Last Mtg     Record
Baylor            NA           0-0
Kansas            NA           0-0
Kansas State      1999         2-0
Missouri          NA           0-0
Nebraska          NA           0-0
Oklahoma          2001         3-0
Oklahoma State    1999         2-0
Texas             1983         1-8
Texas A&M         1995         0-2
Texas Tech        NA           0-0
                  2001         9-10

ALABAMA-ORAL ROBERTS SERIES

Alabama and Oral Roberts have never met in baseball.

MID-CONTINENT CONFERENCE

Alabama has never faced a member of the Mid-Continent Conference.

Opponent          Last Mtg     Record
Chicago State     NA           0-0
Oakland           NA           0-0
Oral Roberts      NA           0-0
Southern Utah     NA           0-0
Valparaiso        NA           0-0
Western Illinois  NA           0-0
Youngstown State  NA           0-0