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                                                                                            ON THE COVER: Junior Alex Avila, a 2008 Brooks Wallace Player of tbe
                                                                                            Year Candidate and Alabama seniors Matt Bentley, Josh Copeland and Will Stroup.

                                                                                            CREDITS: The 2008 Alabama Baseball Media Guide is produced by The University of
                                                                                            Alabama Athletic Media Relations Office and may not be reproduced in any form with-




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                                                                                            out written permission from the University of Alabama. The book was written and edited
                                                                                            by Assistant Director of Media Relations Barry Allen. The media guideʼs cover was
                                                                                            designed by Ashley Paulk. All photos are by Director of Athletic Photography Kent
                                                                                            Gidley and his student staff. Also, special thanks to Jason Harless (Tuscaloosa News) and
                                                                                            the various Major League Baseball teams for their photo contributions. The 2008 Alabama
                                                                                            Baseball Media Guide was printed by EBSCO Media of Birmingham, Alabama.




                         This is Alabama Baseball                                                                          The Alabama Record Book
                         Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19              UA Coaching Records, Records by Decade. . . . . . . . 107
                         Alabama Baseball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21                    Miscellaneous Records. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108-110
                         Quick Facts and Media Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23                                Records by Class and Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
                         Dr. Robert E. Witt, President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24                      Alabama Team Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112-113
                         Mal Moore, Director of Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25                           Alabama Individual Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114-116
                         Athletic Department Senior Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26                            Individual Single-SeasonTop 10s. . . . . . . . . . . . . .117-119
                         Alabama Baseball Support Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27                              Individual Career Top 10s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120-122
Alex Avila               1983 College World Series Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-31                                Team Single-Season Top 10s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123          Kent Matthes
                         Sewell-Thomas Stadium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-37                           Year-By-Year Statistical Leaders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124-129
                         2008 UA Scouting Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-41
                                                                                                                           Alabama Honors and Awards
                         The Alabama Baseball Staff                                                                        All-Americans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130-132
                         Head Coach Jim Wells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42-47                        National Award Winners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133-139
                         Assistant Coach Mitch Gaspard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48                             Individual Award Winners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140-143
                         Assistant Coach B.J. Green . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
                         Assistatnt Coach Dax Norris. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50                         Post-Season History
                         Drew French and Joe Hoffer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51                         College World Series Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Josh Copeland                                                                                                              NCAA Regional Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145         Ryan Rhoden
                         The 2008 Alabama Crimson Tide                                                                     SEC Tournament Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146-147
                         Crimson Tide Roster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52                  All-Time SEC Champions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148-149
                         Alabama Player Bios. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53-73                      2008 SEC Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150-151
                         Alabama Career Stats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
                         Alabama Career SEC Stats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75                         Major League Baseball
                                                                                                                           UA All-Time MLB Roster/Stats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152-157
                         2008 Opponents                                                                                    Alabama MLB Draft History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158-159
                         Opponents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76-84
                         Team Hotels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84            The Scores
Will Stroup              Alabama vs. All-Time Opponents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85                               Alabama’s All-Time Scores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160-176             Austin Hyatt
                         All-Time Scores vs. 2008 Opponents. . . . . . . . . . . . 86-94
                                                                                                                           Past Players
                         2007 Season Review                                                                                All-Time Letterman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177-180
                         2007 Season Recap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95-99
                         2007 Final Overall Stats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100-101
                         2007 Final SEC Stats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102-103
                         Alabama Record Through the Years . . . . . . . . . . 104-105
                         2007 Results. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Matt Bentley                                                                                                                                                                                                 Brandon May


Alabama Media Relations Staff


    Barry Allen       Brenda Burnette          Karen Deaver            Chip Dillard                 Kent Gidley       Brent Hollingsworth    Corey Hoodjer
 Assistant Director    Administrative         Office Associate       Director of Web                Director of          Publications/      Assistant Director
 Media Relations         Assistant                                   Communications                Photography            Marketing         Media Relations




    Becky Hopf          Skip Powers             Jeff Purinton           Doug Walker               Roots Woodruff       Lindsay Frantz         Matt Mishoe
 Associate Director   Assistant Director   Associate AD/ Football   Associate AD/Director         Associate Media      Media Relations       Media Relations
  Media Relations     Media Relations         Media Relations          Media Relations           Relations Director       Assistant             Assistant



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     Crimson Tide Baseball




                                     This is Alabama Baseball
     *The Alabama Crimson Tide opens 116th            *As many as five former Tide players saw          *Wade LeBlanc was named the 2004 National
     season of intercollegiate baseball in 2008.      action in the big leagues last season, includ-   Freshman of the Year after setting UA single-
     Baseball is the oldest sport on the UA cam-      ing Lance Cormier (Atlanta), Dustan Mohr         season freshman records for innings (112.2)
     pus. Bama played its very first game on July 1,   (Tampa Bay), Andy Phillips (NY Yankees),         pitched, strikeouts (98), wins (8) and complete
     1892 at Birmingham’s Lakeview Park as coach      Paul Phillips (Kansas City) and Taylor           games (5).
     Shelby Fletcher’s team posted a 6-3 win over     Tankersley (Florida).
     Sewanee.                                                                                          *Emeel Salem was also the 2007 recipient of
                                                      *Three former Tide players have served a big     the H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Male Scholar-
     *Since then, Alabama has posted a 2,242-         league managers, including Andy Cohen,           Athelte of the Year award.
     1,323-23 (.628) record in 3,594 games.           Butch Hobson and Luke Sewell. Sewell man-
                                                      aged the St. Louis Browns to their only World    *Salem was also a two-time first-team ESPN
     *Alabama became the 17th school in NCAA          Series title in 19XX.                            theMagazineAcademicAll-Americanin2006
     history to record 2,000 wins with a 12-0 win                                                      and 2007. In addition, he was the 2006 and
     over Winthrop on March 4, 2001.                  *Craig Shipley (1983-84) serves as the As-       2007 SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year
                                                      sistant General Manager for the defending        and named to the SEC Good Works team both
     *In SEC play, Alabama has posted a 815-632-4     World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.            years.
     (.563) all-time ledger in 1,451 league games.
                                                      *David Magadan (1981-83) is currently the
     *Alabama has won more SEC Champion-              hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox.
     ships (14) than any other school.                                                                 Emeel Salem
                                                      *Alan Dunn (1981-83) is the bullpen coach for
     *UA has also won six SEC Tournament              the Baltimore Orioles.
     Championships, including five under coach
     Jim Wells (1995-96-97-99-02).                    *Two former members of the Crimson Tide
                                                      baseballfamilyhavebeenenshrinedintheNa-
     *The Crimson Tide has also played in 18          tional Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Joe
     NCAA Tournaments, winning six NCAA               Sewell was inducted in 1977 and broadcaster
     Regional Championships.                          Mel Allen, who spent 39 years with the Yan-
                                                      kees, won the Ford Frick Award in 1978.
     *Alabama has five College World Series ap-
     pearances and has played in the national         *Magadan was the 1983 Golden SpikesAward
     championship game in 1983 and 1997.              Winner and SEC Player of the Year.

     *The Crimson Tide also boasts an impressive      *Dr. Jeff Laubenthal won the H. Boyd
     professionalbaseballhistorysendingwellover       McWhorter SEC Male Scholar-Athlete of
     100 former players into the pro ranks.           the Year Award in 1993.

                                                      *Jeremy Brown won the Johnny Bench
                                                      Award in 2002.




     Above: Wade LeBlanc
     Right: Alex Avila




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 The History of Crimson Tide Baseball

                                                   *Five College World Series Appearances (1950, 1983, 1996, 1997 and 1999)
                                                   *18 NCAA Regional Appearances (1947, 1948, 1950, 1955, 1968, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000,
                                                          2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006)
                                                   *Two NCAA Super Regional Appearances (1999 and 2006)
                                                   *Five NCAA Regionals at the Joe (1996, 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2006)
                                                   *SECʼs Winningest Program with more than 2,100 all-time wins
                                                   *25 Regular-Season Conference Championsips (1909, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1924, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1935,
                                                   1936, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1947, 1950, 1955, 1968, 1983 and 2006)
                                                   *SIAA Championships (1909, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920)
                                                   *Southern Conference Championships (1924, 1930 and 1932)
                                                   *SEC Championships (1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1947, 1950, 1955, 1968, 1983, 1996 and 2006)
Jim Wells                                          *12 SEC Western Division Championships (1950, 1951, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1968, 1973, 1974, 1981, 1996, 2002 and 2006)
                                                   *Seven SEC Tournament Championships (1983, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2003)
1997 National
Coach of the Year                                  *11 First-Team All-Americans
                                                   *23 Second or Third Team All-Americans
                                                   *12 Freshman All-Americans
                    David Magadan
                                                   *1981 National Coach of the Year (Barry Shollenberger)
                      1983 Golden Spikes Award     *1983 National Coach of the Year (Barry Shollenberger)
                                                   *1997 National Coach of the Year (Jim Wells)
                         1983 Baseball America     *1983 Golden Spikes Award Winner (David Magadan)
                             Player of the Year
                                                   *1983 Baseball America Player of the Year (David Magadan)
                                 1983 SEC Male     *1983 SEC Male Athlete of the Year (David Magadan)
                             Athlete of the Year   *1993 H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Jeff Laubenthal)
                                                   *1999 Dick Howser Trophy Finalist (Andy Phillips)
                                                   *Two NCBWA District Players of the Year
                                                          Andy Phillips (1999) and Beau Hearod (2003)
                                                   *2002 Johnny Bench Award Winner (Jeremy Brown)
                                                   *2004 Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball
                                                          and SEC Freshman of the Year (Wade LeBlanc)
                                                   *2007 H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Emeel Salem)
                                                   *Nine College World Series All-Tournament Team Selections
                                                   *68 NCAA All-Tournament Team Selections (4 MVPs)
                                                   *39 SEC All-Tournament Team Selections (6 MVPs)
                                                   *48 ABCA All-South Region Team Selections
                                                   *75 First-Team All-SEC Selections
                                                   *27 Second-Team All-SEC Selections
                                                   *105 SEC Academic Honor Roll Selections
                                                   *Nine Academic All-Americans
                                                   *13 District IV All-America honorees
                                                   *Five Team and Individual NCAA Champions
                                                          Team Slugging Percentage (.621, 1997)
                                                          Bobby Sprowl (11.5 K per 9 IP, 1977)
                                                          Alan Dunn (12.6 K per 9 IP, 1981)
                                                          Bret Elbin (1.63 runs per game, 1983)
                                                          Ben Short (14 Saves, 1991)
                                                   *Two Members of National Baseball Hall of Fame
                                                          Joe Sewell (1977) and Mel Allen (1978)
                                                   *57 Major League Players
                                                   *Three First-Round Draft Picks (Joe Vitiello, Jeremy Brown and Taylor Tankersley)
Beau Hearod
                                                   *Three Major League Managers (Andy Cohen, Butch Hobson and Luke Sewell)
2003 NCBWA District                                *203 All-Time Television Appearances
Player of the Year




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     2008 Quick Facts                                                                                                                                   Media Notes
                                                                                                                                                        CREDENTIALS: Please direct all media requests for Alabama home
     University Information                                                                                                                             baseball games to Assistant Athletic Media Relations Director Barry
     Location: .............................................................................................. Tuscaloosa, Alabama                       Allen. Season credentials and single game credentials are available.
     Enrollment: ...............................................................................................................25,580                  Credentials will be left at the first base gate of Sewell-Thomas Stadi-
     Founded: ....................................................................................................... April 12, 1831                    um, located on Paul W. Bryant Drive, two hours prior to the start of
     Conference: .............................................................................................Southeastern (SEC)                        each game. Professional scouts will report to the main ticket booth
     Colors: ....................................................................................................... Crimson & White                    and will be issued a ticket for each game during the 2008 season.
     Nickname: ........................................................................................................ Crimson Tide
                                                                                                                                                        INTERVIEWS: Coach Jim Wells and Crimson Tide players are avial-
     President: ..................................................................................................Dr. Robert E. Witt
                                                                                                                                                        able before practice and after each game. Practice usually begins at
     NCAA Faculty Representative: ............................................................................ Joe Hornsby                              2 p.m. each day and is generally open to the media and the general
     Director of Athletics: .............................................................................................Mal Moore                      public. Photographers are allowed on the field to shoot b-roll as
     Senior Associate Athletic Director/CFO: ............................................................. Finus Gaston                                 long as they are accompanied by a memeber of the Athletic Media
     Associate Athletics Directors: ................................................Kevin Almond (Support Services)                                     Relations staff.
     .......................................................................................Jon Gilbert (Director of Major Gifts)
     .......................................................................................Wendell Hudson (Alumni Relations)                           WEEKLY TELECONFERENCE: Coach Jim Wells will participate in two
     ........................................................................................................ Chris King (Compliance)                   weekly teleconferences during the season. Alabama will host a
     .................................................................................Sarah Patterson (Community Relations)                             teleconference each Thursday, beginning Feb. 21, 2008 at 10 a.m.
     ...................................................................................................Carol Park (Business Office)                     Please call the Athletic Media Relations Office for the phone num-
     ................................................................................Jeff Purinton (Football Media Relations)                           ber. In addition, the SEC will conduct a weekly teleconference with
     ...........................................................................Marie Robbins (Sr. Womenʼs Administrator)                               all 12 head coaches beginning in April. The league also sponsors a
                                                                                                                                                        teleconference prior to the start of SEC play and the Monday prior
     ........................................................................................... Ronny Robertson (Development)
                                                                                                                                                        to the SEC Baseball Tournament. Please contact Chuck Dunlap
     ............................................................................................. Doug Walker (Media Relations)
                                                                                                                                                        (205.458.3010) at the league office for specific dates, times and tele-
     .......................................................................................... Larry White (Event Management)
                                                                                                                                                        phone number.
     Assistant Athletics Directors: ...................................Chris Besanceney (Tickets and Tide Pride)
     ................................................................................................. Jon Dever (Student Services)                     POST-GAME INTERVIEWS: Please arrange all post-game interviews
     ......................................................................... Kimberly Johnson (Eligibility and Life Skills)                           through a member of the Alabama Media Relations staff. Request-
     Special Assistants to the AD: ....................................................................................Joe Kines                        ed players will be available outside the UA dugout approximately
     ..................................................................................... Steve Townsend (Baseball Oversight)                          10 minutes following the game.
     Administrative Assistants: ........................................................Judy Tanner (Athletic Director)
     ........................................................................................................................ Melanie Gray              CRIMSON TIDE SPORTS MARKETING: Crimson Tide Sports Marketing,
     Director of Athletic Facilites: ......................................................................... Thad Turnipseed                          a division of Learfield Communications, is the rights holder for all
     Director of Compliance: ..............................................................................Jonathan Bowling                             Crimson Tide radio and television broadcasts. CTSM (205.348.9600)
     Director of Donor Incentive Program: .................................................................. Tommy Ford                                 is in its 10th year with the University of Alabama and will provide
                                                                                                                                                        state-wide coverage of all SEC baseball games this season. In addi-
     Director of Sports Medicine:..............................................................................Bill McDonald
                                                                                                                                                        tion, Alabama baseball will be featured weekly on “Hey, Coach!”,
     Director of Video Operations: .............................................................................. Don Rawson
                                                                                                                                                        a ninety-minute talk show dedicated to Crimson Tide athletics.
     Director of Athletic Grounds: ............................................................................Scott Urbantke
                                                                                                                                                        CTSM airs the show each Monday night live from Bob Baum-
     Director of Web Communications: ........................................................................Chip Dillard                               hower’s Wing’s Restaurant in Tuscaloosa. Veteran broadcaster
     Director of LifeSkills: .........................................................................................Brandi Stuart                     Tom Roberts serves as the program’s host. Michael Alford serves
     Marketing Director: ....................................................................................... Jennifer Martin                        as the network’s general manager. CTSM will also provide satellite
     Assistant Marketing Directors:....................... Rick Burleson, Brent Hollingsworth, Allison West                                             feeds of Crimson Tide baseball throughout the season. Each week a
     Baseball Academics: ...............................................................................................Tom Buttram                     15-minute feed, consisting of taped interviews, highlights and nar-
     Baseball Eqiupment Manager: ...........................................................................Red Leonard                                 rated tape package, is offered September through June. In addition,
     Baseball Event Management: .............................................................................Trent Barnes                               selected game highlights are fed after the conclusion of each game.
     Strength and Conditioning: ............................................................................. Rocky Colburn                             Please contact Tom Roberts for more information concerning dates,
     Baseball Ticket Manager: ..............................................................................Dominic Benetti                             times and coordinates. To obtain videotaped footage of the Crimson
     Associate Media Relations Directors: .....................................Becky Hopf and Roots Woodruff                                            Tide baseball team, please contact Roberts at the above number.
     Assistant Media Relations Directors: ......................................... Barry Allen (Baseball Contact)
                                                                                                                                                        CRIMSON TIDE RADIO: For the 10th consecutive season, Crimson Tide
     .........................................................................................................................Cory Hoodjer
                                                                                                                                                        baseball will be carried on a state-wide network. Alabama baseball
     .....................................................................................................................................Skip Powers
                                                                                                                                                        will be distributed this year by CTSM and all games will be aired on
     Director of Athletic Photography .......................................................................... Kent Gidley                            the Crimson Tide Sports Network. For a complete listing of affili-
     Baseball Media Relations Director:........................................................................Barry Allen                              ates, please contact CTSM or the Athletic Media Relations Office. In
     ........................................................................................................ Office Phone: (205) 348-6084              Tuscaloosa, the flagship station for Crimson Tide baseball is WACT-
     ........................................................................................................ Home Phone: (205) 758-6526                AM (1420). Chris Stewart begins his ninth season on UA baseball
     .......................................................................................................................FAX: (205) 348-8841         broadcasts. He will team with Vince Ferrara this season. Ferrara
     ...................................................................................................E-Mail Address: ballen@ia.ua.edu                hosts “The Sports Breakdown” Monday through Friday 7-9 a.m.
     Administrative Staff: .................................................................................... Brenda Burnette                         on WACT 1420 “The Tusk”. Stewart is also the play-by-play voice
     ........................................................................................................................ Karen Deaver              for the Alabama men’s basketball team. In addition, all games may
     Media Relations Interns: .................................................................................Lindsay Frantz                           be heard via the internet through the University of Alabama’s of-
     .......................................................................................................................... Matt Mishoe             ficial web site or through broadcast.com. Stewart is also the host for
                                                                                                                                                        “Crimson Tide This Week”, a weekly review of Alabama athletics.




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GAME SERVICES: The Sewell-Thomas Stadium press box is equipped
with wireless and ethernet capabilities. The press box contains two        2008 Alabama Baseball
working press booths, one television booth, two radio booths and a         Head Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jim Wells
Crimson Tide Suite that entertains pre- and post-game functions. The           Overall Record (Years). . . . . . . . . . .747-361 (.674) (18 Years)
press box is open 2 1/2 hours prior to the start of each game. The             Alabama Record (Years) . . . . . . . . .553-272 (.670) (13 Years)
press box elevator is located to the left of the main entrance of the      Assistant Coaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mitch Gaspard (Recruiting Coordinator)
stadium. Prior to the game, rosters, game notes, statistics and starting       . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dax Norris (Interim) and BJ Green
                                                                           Volunteer Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Drew French
lineups are available to all members of the media as well as profes-
                                                                           Director of Baseball Operations . . . .Steve Townsend
sional scouts. In addition, lineups will be posted in the media work
                                                                           Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jacob Schrimsher and Clint Samuels
room located behind the Crimson Tide suite. Following the game, an         Athletic Trainer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joe Hoffer
official NCAA box score, running play-by-play and and post-game             Stadium (Capacity) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sewell-Thomas Stadium (6,118)
notes are available.                                                           Park Dimensions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .325ʼ (LF/RF), 400ʼ (CF), 365ʼ (Alleys)
                                                                           All-Time Record. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2,242-1,323-23 (.628) (3,594 Games)
                                                                           All-Time SEC Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .815-632 (.563) (1,451Games)
                                                                           SEC Championships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(14) 1934-35-36-38-40-41-42-47-50-55
                                                                               . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68-83-96-2006
                                                                           SEC Western Division Titles . . . . . . . . .(11) 1950-55-57-58-68-73-74-81-96-2002-06
                                                                           SEC Tournament Championships . . . .(7) 1983-95-96-97-99-2002-03
                                                                           NCAA Regionals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(18) 1947-48-50-55-68-83-86-91-95-96-97
                                                                               . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98-99-2000-02-03-05-06
                                                                           College World Series Appearances .(5) 1950-83-96-97-99
                                                                           2007 Overall Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31-26
                                                                           2007 SEC Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15-15

                                                                           2007 SQUAD ANALYSIS:
                                                                           Lettermen Returning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
                                                                           Lettermen Lost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
                                                                           Position Starters Returning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 (plus DH)
                                                                           Position Starters Lost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
                                                                           Pitchers Returning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
                                                                           Pitchers Lost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

                                                                           STARTERS RETURNING (2007 Stats Included):
                                                                           16 Alex Avila (INF/DH, Jr., 5-11, 210, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 57 G, .296, 14 HR, 61 RBI)
                                                                           25 Matt Bentley (1B, Sr., 6-3, 230, Hazel Green, Ala., 53 G, .299, 12 HR, 36 RBI)
                                                                           22 Kent Matthes (OF, Jr., 6-2, 205, Orlando, Fla., 51 G, .307, 8 HR, 45 RBI)
                                                                            6 Brandon May (2B, So., 6-0, 200, Marietta, Ga., 49 G, .264, 0 HR, 13 RBI)
                                                                            1 Kyle Moore (INF, Jr., 6-1, 190, Wetumpka, Ala., 31 G, .200, 2 HR, 12 RBI)
                                                                           34 Ryan Rhoden (OF, Jr., 6-1, 225, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 43 G, .291, 2 HR, 16 RBI)
                                                                           14 Jake Smith (3B, So., 6-2, 190, Shannon, Ala., 40 G, .246, 6 HR, 29 RBI)
 Media Services Information                                                OTHER POSITION PLAYERS RETURNING (2007 Stats Included):
                                                                           41 Brock Bennett (C, So., 5-10, 150, Tucker, Ga., 3 G, .333, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
 Baseball SID:                        Barry Allen (Alabama, 1989)          45 Brian Clark (C, Jr., 5-8, 180, Indianapolis, Ind., 3 G, .500, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
                                                                           11 Wes Henderson (1B, Jr., 6-0, 210, Oxford, Ala., 9 G, .167, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
 SID Telephone:                                    (205) 348-6084           9 Del Howell (OF, So., 6-4, 190, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 25 G, .255, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
 SID FAX:                                          (205) 348-8841          10 Jeff Texada (INF, Jr., 6-0, 180, New Iberia, La., 39 G, .277, 1 HR, 12 RBI)
 Allen Home Phone:                                 (205) 758-6526          43 Tyler Odle (OF, Jr., 5-11, 190, Vestavia Hills, Ala., 25 G, .130, 1 HR, 4 RBI)

 Athletic Dept. Phone:                              (205) 348-6161         STARTING PITCHERS RETURNING (2007 Stats Included):
 Baseball Office:                                   (205) 348-4029           7 Miers Quigley (LHP, Jr., 6-5, 220, Roswell, Ga., 16 G, 15 GS, 4-7, 4.88 ERA)
 Ticket Office Phone:                               (205) 348-2262          16 Will Stroup (LHP, Sr., 5-11, 170, Birmingham, Ala., 24 G, 4 GS, 3-1, 4.65 ERA)

 Press Box Phone:                                  (205) 348-4927          OTHER PITCHERS RETURNING (2007 Stats Included):
 UA Website:                                     www.rolltide.com          13 Josh Copeland (RHP, Sr., 6-1, 220, Palmetto, Ga., 27 G, 1-2, 4 SV, 2.97 ERA)
                                                                           27 Austin Graham (RHP, So., 6-2, 195, Hoover, Ala., 1 G, 0-0, 13.50 ERA)
 Mailing Address:                        Alabama Media Relations
                                                                            9 Del Howell (LHP, So., 6-4, 190, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 1 G, 0-0, 33.75 ERA)
                                                    PO Box 870391          36 Austin Hyatt (RHP, Jr., 6-4, 200, Marietta, Ga., 16 G, 3 GS, 5-1, 2 SV, 3.07 ERA)
                                       Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-3091           31 Casey Kebodeaux (RHP, Jr., 6-1, 200, Mandeville, La.,18 G, 10 GS, 3-4, 5.06 ERA)

                                                                           TOP NEWCOMERS:
 Overnight Address:                     Alabama Media Relations            20 Connor Hoehn (RHP, Fr., 6-2, 210, St. Johns College High School - Damascus, Md.)
                                    Coleman Coliseum Room 170A             28 Nathan Kilcrease (RHP, Fr., 5-5, 150, Glenwood Academy - Phenix City, Ala.)
                                                                           29 Patrick Nappi (RHP, Jr., 5-11, 190, Shelton State CC - Birmingham, Ala.)
                                             1201 Coliseum Drive           40 Jimmy Nelson (RHP, Fr., 6-6, 210, Niceville (Fla.) High School)
                                            Tuscaloosa, AL 35487           26 Robert Phares (RHP, Jr., 6-1, 190, Shelton State CC - Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
                                                                           2 Josh Rutledge (INF/OF, Fr., 5-11, 175, Cullman (Ala.) High School)
                                                                           3 Ross Wilson (INF, 5-11, 175, Hoover (Ala.) High School)

                                                                           KEY LOSSES (2007 Stats Included):
                                                                           Brandon Beclcher (OF/LHP, Sr., 44 G, .315, 2 HR, 16 RBI/2 GS, 1-1, 3.52 ERA)
                                                                           Tommy Hunter (RHP, So., 26 G, 11 GS, 7-5, 5 SV, 3.87 ERA, 1st Round Texas)
                                                                           Greg Paiml (SS, Sr., 57 G, .279, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 16th Round Chicago White Sox)
                                                                           Bernard Robert (RHP, Sr., 12 G, 9 GS, 4-5, 3.64 ERA)
                                                                           Emeel Salem (OF, Sr., 57 G, .351, 7 HR, 32 RBI, 6th Round Tampa Bay)




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     “The best and the brightest arrive at UA with very high expectations. They expect outstanding academic programs, superior teaching,
     strong staff support, and first-class facilities. It is imperative as we attract these bright young people that we grow with balanced
     excellence, and that is exactly what we are doing. Honors College, the Blount Initiative and the honors programs in the various majors
     across the Universityʼs colleges and schools are fLouisiana Lafayettey meeting the expectations of the best and brighteState”
                                                                                                                 – Dr. Robert E. Witt




     Dr. Robert E. Witt                                                                                   President
                                                                                         The University of Alabama

        As president of The University of Alabama, Dr. Robert                                Dr. Witt’s vision for the
     E. Witt has committed the University to an ambitious plan                               University of the future has
     for growth and achievement. His goals include increasing                                three cornerstones:
     enrollment to 28,000 students by 2010 and stimulating
     significant growth in research in support of economic                                   ● To be a university of choice
     expansion for the state and nation. Under his leadership,                               for the best and brightest students;
     enrollment has reached record levels and academic qual-
     ity has increased significantly.                                                        ● To be a student-centered tier-1 research university;
        The Fall 2006 freshman class included 83 National Merit
     Scholars, ranking UA 11th nationally among public uni-                                  ● To be an academic community united in its commitment to
     versities in enrollment of these nationally recognized stu-                             enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.
     dents. Since its inception in 2003, the University’s Honors
     College has grown exponentially, enrolling more than 900                                  Now in his fifth year as president, Dr. Witt came to UA
     freshmen in 2006. A major building program, including                                   with 35 years experience in the University of Texas System.
     academic, athletic and residential facilities, is under way.                            He received his B.A. in economics from Bates College,
     Private giving to the University is at an all-time high with                            his M.B.A. from Tuck School at Dartmouth College,
     supporters embracing a capital campaign with a major                                    and his Ph.D. from Penn State University. He serves on
     goal of improving scholarship opportunities for deserving                               the board of directors of the Black Warrior Council Boy
     students.                                                                               Scouts of America and is a member of the West Alabama
        The campaign theme is Our Students, Our Future.                                      Chamber of Commerce, the Tuscaloosa County Industrial
                                                                                             Development Authority, and the Elizabeth Project Care
                                                                                             Board.



     Four Students Named to USA Todayʼs All-USA College
     Academic Team - Four students from The University of Alabama have
     been named to this yearʼs USA Today All-USA College Academic Team.
     This yearʼs team brings UAʼs total for the last four years to 24, a figure that
     tops all other colleges and universities. UA had the most students on the list in
     2005 with five and in 2003, also with five. In 2004, with four students on the
     team, UA came in second only to Harvard. A total of 83 students natioNorth-
     westernide were selected from more than 600 nominees for the 2006 team.
     Yale, Duke and Northwestern Universities each had three students on the
     team, the second highest total.

     >>>> Alabamaʼs USA Today All-USA College Academic
     Team Honorees (L-R): Kristi Wilcox, Katie Boyd, Jennifer Phillips and
     Michele McGaha.




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                                                to identify and hire good coaches and sec-             In his career, Moore has worked with a



  Mal
                                                ondly, his vision about facilities.”               diversified field of constituents, from fellow
                                                   Alabama student-athletes are already            coaches to former players, to fans and the
                                                utilizing new stadiums for soccer and ten-         business community. All those experiences
                                                nis and football is enjoying a state-of-the-       and relationships make him the ideal per-




 Moore
                                                art weight facility, locker room and sports        son to lead Alabama athletics into the 21st
                                                medicine area and a Hall of Champions              century.
                                                and administrative area that makes it one              A 1963 graduate of the University of
                                                of top venues in the nation.                       Alabama, Moore holds both an under-
                                                   Crimson Tide student-athletes also ben-         graduate degree in Sociology and a 1964
                                                efit from a state-of-the-art academic center       Master’s Degree in Secondary Education
        Director of Athletics                   that came on line in early 2005 and renova-        from the Capstone. A scholarship player for
                                                tion of Coleman Coliseum is complete.              Coach Paul Bryant, Moore was a member
                                                   His leadership has been crucial in help-        of Alabama’s 1961 national championship
                                                ing guide Alabama through a period that            team.
                                                has, at times, been extremely difficult. It            Coaching football for 31 years, 22 of
                                                has been his guidance and efforts that have        those at Alabama, provided Moore with
                                                helped Alabama weather the storm, while            a wealth of experience and knowledge in
                                                continuing to move in a positive direction         the world of college athletics. As a coach,
                                                toward a future that will shine as brightly        Moore served as Bryant’s graduate assis-
                                                as Alabama’s storied paState                       tant in 1964 and then Alabama’s defensive
                                                   Under Moore’s direction Alabama’s ath-          backfield coach from 1965-70. He served as
                                                letic teams have produced a number of              the Tide’s quarterbacks coach from 1971-82
                                                Southeastern Conference titles, including          and from 1975-82 took on the addition-
                                                men’s basketball, gymnastics, baseball and         al responsibility and elevated role as the
   Mal Moore, in his ninth year as the Tide’s   softball and SEC tournament titles in both         Tide’s offensive coordinator.
Director of Athletics, has put his stamp on     baseball and softball, and an NCAA gym-                Alabama won national championships,
one of the nation’s most storied athletic       nastics title. Alabama athletes have earned        in 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979 and 1992 with
programs. Alabama’s athletic teams have         some of the highest honors the SEC and             Moore coordinating all the offensive plays
excelled in the competition arena and he        NCAA have to offer, including SEC Athlete          for the last four of those championship
has now directed completion of a $125           of the Year, SEC Scholar-Athlete of the            teams. He is the only man connected with
million facilities campaign that has revital-   Year, NCAA Top VIII, NCAA Postgraduate             the Alabama coaching staffs, past or pres-
ized the Crimson Tide’s athletic facilities.    Scholarships and NCAA Sportsperson of              ent, who was a member of all seven of those
It has been Moore’s leadership, vision and      the Year. These honors are over and above          title squads. In addition to Alabama, his
initiative that has enabled this monumental     the individual conference and national titles      coaching career included stops at Montana
project to reach fruition.                      that Alabama athletes continue to bring            State, Notre Dame and the NFL’s Phoenix
   Alabama football competes in the             home to the Capstone.                              Cardinals.
newly expanded Bryant-Denny Stadium                During his tenure, Moore has also super-            Moore was born December 19, 1939 in
which holds 92,138 fans, making it the          vised the completion of a number of other          Dozier, Alabama. He has been married to
seventh-largest on campus facility in the       facility projects, highlighted by the expan-       the former Charlotte Davis of Tuscaloosa
nation. With the north end zone expansion       sion of Sewell-Thomas Stadium; new light-          since July 20, 1968. They have one daughter,
completed, this magnificent edifice now         ing systems for Coleman Coliseum, Sewell           Mrs. Steve (Heather) Cook of Scottsdale,
houses 120 skyboxes, a new home team            Thomas Stadium and the women’s soccer              Arizona, a granddaughter, Anna Lee, and a
locker room, a club level area hosting 1,680    field and installation of new artificial turf in   grandson, Charles Cannon.
patrons, a new administrative level and         the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility.
approximately 6,800 additional upper deck          Hired on Nov. 23, 1999, Moore’s stint as
seats.                                          Director of Athletics is the latest phase of
   Moore’s tenure at UA has been marked         his 30-plus years of service to the Capstone.
by unprecedented facility growth for the        Well-known in athletic circles, Moore brings
athletic department but he has also had a       a vision of championships and success to
national impact as a key member of sev-         the office of athletics director thanks to his
eral prestigious NCAA and college foot-         three decades of experience in collegiate
ball committees. Moore currently serves         athletics.
on the NCAA Division I Football issues             As a player and coach at Alabama, Moore
Committee, the SEC AD Bowl Advisory             was part of seven national championships,
Committee and on the Big Six Conferences        14 SEC championships, and 27 bowl trips.
Minority Coaches Forum.                            Alabama capitalized on that background,
   Moore was rewarded for his successes         and Moore’s popularity, by naming him as
with a contract extension that will take him    Associate Athletics Director for External
through June, 2010. He received unanimous       Affairs in 1994, a position that required
support from the UA Board of Trustees.          constant travel to speaking engagements
   “This is based on two things: his ability    around the SoutheaState


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     Athletic Department Senior Support Staff
                                Finus Gaston
                                Senior Associate Athletics
                                Director/
                                Chief Financial Officer
                                      Crimson ties are a family tra-
                                 dition for Finus Gaston, Senior
                                 Associate Athletic Director. His      Kevin Almond             Chris Besanceney           Jon Dever
                                                                       Associate AD             Assistant AD               Assistant AD
                                 father, the late Finus C. Gaston,
                                                                       Support Services         Ticket Office/TIDE PRIDE   Student Services
                                 was sports information director at
                                 Alabama from 1953-61. His moth-
     er, the late Jewell Gaston, was a long-time UA departmental
     employee in the Tide Pride office.
         Gaston joined the University of Alabama Athletics
     Department in 1996 after serving the University for 22 years.
     The Tuscaloosa native was Assistant Vice President for
     Auxiliary and Support Services before joining the Crimson
     Tide athletics staff.
         His duties as the department’s Chief Financial Officer        Jon Gilbert              Wendell Hudson             Kim Johnson
     encompass management of the athletics business office, bud-       Director Major Gifts     Associate AD               Assistant AD
     geting, human resources, contract negotiation and admin-          Development              Alumni Relations           Eligibility and Lifeskills
     istration, long range strategic planning, team travel for all
     sports, capital projects, and general maintenance of facilities
     and grounds associated with athletics. During the fall of 1999,
     Gaston served as the University’s interim athletics director.
         His ties run deep with the department. The 1969
     Tuscaloosa High School graduate continued his education at
     the University of Alabama, working his way through school
     as Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s head football manager. In 1973,
     Gaston earned a degree in business education, then went on
     to earn a Master of Arts degree in trade and industrial educa-    Carol Parks              Chris King                 Sarah Patterson
     tion in 1975. In 1984, Gaston received his Doctor of Education    Associate AD             Associate AD               Associate AD
                                                                       Business                 Compliance                 Community Relations
     Degree in administration and higher education. His doctoral
     dissertation, “Administrative Decision Making: A Study of
     Collegiate Trademark Licensing Programs”, was the first
     documented research on the collegiate licensing industry.
         He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa,
     and Kappa Delta Pi honorary fraternities.
         Upon graduation, Gaston’s career flourished at the
     University. Working in the Financial Affairs Division, he
     held positions as Buyer, Assistant Purchasing Manager,
     Purchasing Manager and Director of Licensing, Associate
                                                                       Ronny Robertson          Marie Robbins              Thad Turnipseed
     Director of Business Services, and Assistant Vice President for   Associate AD             Associate AD               Director Athletic
     Auxiliary and Support Services.                                   Development              Sr. Woman Administrator    Capital Projects
         Gaston and his wife, Martha, have two children: a son,
     Will Wagner, a 1995 graduate of Alabama and a 2001 gradu-
     ate of UAB Dental School and his wife Berkley (UA ’95); a
     daughter, Curri Dichiara, a 1998 graduate of the Capstone
     and her husband Neal (UA ’2001), and four granddaughters,
     Anna Carson Wagner, Allie Wagner, Martie Will Dichiara and
     Maggie Dichiara.


                                                                       Doug Walker              Larry White
                                                                       Associate AD             Associate AD
                                                                       Media Relations          Event Management




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                                     Baseball Support Staff

  Trent Barnes       Jonathan Bowling           Rodney Brown             Rick Burleson          Tom Buttram             Gary Cramer           Vince Ferrara
       Event              Director of               Director of           Assistant Director    Advisor Academic         Director FCA         Radio Play-by-Play
    Management           Compliance            Rehabilitation Services      of Marketing            Program




 Allan Guenther         Joe Hornsby              Red Leonard               Jacob Long          Jennifer Martin          Bill McDonald       Patrick McDonald
    Public Address    Faculty Representative    Assistant Equipment           Student          Director of Marketing        Director of       Assistant Director
     Announcer                                        Manager                Manager              And Trademark          Sports Medicine       Video Services
                                                                                                     Licensing




                        Don Rawson             Jake Schrimsher           Chris Stewart         Scott Urbantke          Troi Lane Wallace
                          Manager of                Student              Radio Play-by-Play         Director of              Baseball
                         Video Services            Manager                                                                 Administrative
                                                                                                 Athletic Grounds
                                                                                                                             Assistant




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                   25th Anniversary: 1983 CWS Team
                                                                         One of the greatest teams in Alabama          stretched all the way to Omaha.
     1983 NUMERICAL ROSTER                                               baseball lore will celebrate its 25th anni-
                                                                         versary this season.                          “We felt like the Ole Miss series turned
      1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ted McClendon, DH                                                      the season around for us,” former Ala-
      2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fermin Lake, 2B      The 1983 Crimson Tide baseball team cap-      bama head coach Barry Shollenbeger said.
                                                                         tured the SEC Championship and won            “From that point in the season, we knew
      3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Fleming, Grad. Asst.
                                                                         the NCAA South Regional on its way            he had a good team.”
      4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roger Smith, Coach       to the school’s best finish at the College
      5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rob Skates, OF     World Series.                                 The Tide finished second in the SEC West-
      6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bret Elbin, 3B                                                 ern Division with a 14-7 league record,
      7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jack Turek, SS    The 1983 CWS team will be honored dur-        but charged through the SEC Tournament
      8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Umphrey, 2B       ing the Alabama-Youngstown State series       at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville, Miss.,
                                                                         March 7-9, 2008 at Sewell-Thomas Sta-         with wins over Florida (15-2), Tennessee
      9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dee Smithey, OF
                                                                         dium.                                         (8-6) and Mississippi State (10-9) to win
     10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Troy Brauchle, RHP                                                     the school’s first SEC title since 1968.
     11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Allan Stallings, OF     The team will hold an autograph party at
     12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Dietrich, OF    the Joe prior to the game on March 8. In      Magadan went 10-for-11 (.909) in the three
     14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dean Hayes, RHP        addition, the team will be recognixed on      games to earn Most Valuable Player hon-
                                                                         the field before the game and members          ors. He had five hits, including a pair of
     15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Darnell Sims, OF
                                                                         of the team will throw out the ceremonial     doubles and home runs, in the first-round
     16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Edwards, C      first pitch.                                   rout of the Gators.
     18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .David Magadan, 1B
     19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Kerr, RHP   After the game, the team will have a recep-   Third baseman Bret Elbin, catcher Frank
     20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ivan Snyder, RHP/OF           tion in the A-Club Suite at Bryant-Denny      Velleggia and pitcher Tim Meacham were
     21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Craig Antush, RHP      Stadium to cap the weekend’s festivities.     also named to the All-SEC Tournament
                                                                                                                       Team.
     22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Craig Shipley, SS
                                                                         The season began with a bang as the Tide
     23. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Greg Freel, C    won 15 of its first 17 games en route to a     Next up was the NCAA South Regional
     24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Brewer, RHP     46-11 final record and runner up spot to       at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee,
     25. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dick Wiggins, Grad. Asst.          Texas at the College World Series.            Fla., where
     26. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles Mathison, RHP                                                         Alabama, Florida State, Miami and South
     27. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jones Tubb, Grad. Asst.         Of course, the Tide’s success story started   Alabama comprised one of the toughest
                                                                         with All-American and Golden Spikes           four-team regional fields in the nation.
     28. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim Meacham, RHP
                                                                         recipient David Magadan, who led the
     29. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Velleggia, C      nation with a school and SEC record .525      Dean Hayes six-hitter was good enough
     30. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Payne, LHP         batting average. He also slapped a UA and     to stop the Hurricanes, 6-2, in the opener.
     31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wiley Morgan, RHP        then-SEC record 31 doubles and added a        The Tide then beat FSU, 7-5, to advance to
     32. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bart Elbin, LHP     record 95 RBI.                                the championship game.
     33. . . . . . . . . Barry Shollenberger, Head Coach
                                                                         Alabama lost its first two SEC games at        Miami then beart Floirda State to earn a
     34. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rick Browne, LHP
                                                                         eventual SEC Western Division champion        rematch with the Crimson Tide in the fi-
     35. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alan Dunn, RHP        Mississippi State, but went three weeks       nals.
     36. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pete Ferrer, RHP      without another loss.
                                                                                                                       The Crimson Tide jumped out to a 6-1
     Student Managers                                                    Late in March, Alabama gained national        lead, but held off a furious UM rally for an
     Terry Conkle and Chris Allman                                       spotlight with a No. 24 ranking by Colle-     11-9 win a the school’s first trip to Omaha
                                                                         giate Baseball newspaper.                     since 1950.
     Trainer
     Henry “Sang” Lyda                                                   But not until the students began studying     Afterwards, Miami head coach Ron Fraser
     Student Trainer                                                     for final exams did the Crimson Tide hit       climbed on the jubuliant Alabama bus to
     Tom Molay                                                           full stride.                                  again offer his congratulations and some
     Sports Information Director                                                                                       encouraging words.
     J.D. Rutledge                                                       On April 30, the Tide dropped the first
                                                                         game of doubleheader at Ole Miss, but         “Coach Fraser told us we had the team
     Play-By-Play Announcer
                                                                         rebounded to win the next game, 5-4, to       that could win in Omaha,” Shollenberg-
     John Ferry                                                          begin a string of 15 consecutive wins that




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                                                                                                                   er recalled. “That meant a lot to us. We
                                                                                                                   knew we had a special team, a good team,
                                                                                                                   then to hear that from him made it even
                                                                                                                   more special.”

                                                                                                                   Designated hitter Ted McClendon was
                                                                                                                   named the South Regional Most Valuable
                                                                                                                   Player.

                                                                                                                   Alabama was off to Omaha where it
                                                                                                                   would play in one of the most star-stud-
                                                                                                                   ded fields in CWS lore.

                                                                                                                   The field conisted of four-time national
                                                                                                                   champion Arizona State (Barry Bonds,
                                                                                                                   Oddibe McDowell and Don Wakamatsu),
                                                                                                                   Michigan (Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo and
                                                                                                                   Scott Kamienicki), Texas (Roger Clem-
                                                                                                                   ens, Calvin Scharaldi and Billy Bates) and
                                                                                                                   Maine (Billy Swift).

                                                                                                                   Alabama took down the Arizona State in
                                                                                                                   the opener as Craig Shipley’s RBI single
                                                                                                                   in the bottom of the 11th inning plated the
                                                                                                                   winning run in the 6-5 win. Magadan was
                                                                                                                   4-for-4 in the win.

                                                                                                                   The Crimson Tide had another nail-biter
                                                                                                                   in its second CWS game, beating Michi-
                                                                                                                   gan, 6-5. The Tide built a 6-0 lead on three
                                                                                                                   straight singles by Magadan, Rob Skates
                                                                                                                   and Velleggia in a three-run fourth in-
                                                                                                                   ning.

                                                                                                                   Michigan answered with three runs in
                                                                                                                   the bottom of the frame and tallied single
                                                                                                                   runs in the sixth and seventh innings, but
                                                                                                                   could get no closer and Bama relief ace
                                                                                                                   Troy Brauchle notched his 12th save to
                                                                                                                   advance the Tide in the winner’s bracket.
                                                                                                                   Magadan went 4-for-4 in the win over
                                                                                                                   Michigan to set the CWS record with eight
                                                                                                                   straight hits in the series.

                                                                                                                   The Tide met Texas in its third game at the
                                                                                                                   CWS and suffered its first loss since April
                                                                                                                   30 with a 6-4 setback in 10 innings.

                                                                                                                   Magadan’s solo home run in the eighth
                                                                                                                   forced extra innings, but Texas plated
                                                                                                                   two runs in the top of the 10th to snap the
                                                                                                                   Tide’s then-school-record 15-game win-
                                                                                                                   ning streak.

                                                                                                                   Calvin Scharaldi earned the win in relief
David Magadan was the 1983 Golden Spikes Award winner and SEC Player of the Year after leading the nation with a   for the Longhorns.
               school and SEC record .525 (114-for-221) batting average his junior season.
                                                                                                                   Alabama fell into the loser’s bracket,
                                                                                                                   where a rematch with Arizona State
                                                                                                                   awaited.




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     1983 College World Series Remembered
     Behind the pitching of Alan Dunn and                                   Texas tied the game in the top of the                                Magadan batted .550 (11-for-20) in the
     Tim Meacham and the hitting of Frank                                   sixth inning and took a 4-2 lead in the                              College World Series and was named
     Velleggia the Sun Devils were no match                                 seventh on consecutive hits by Mike                                  to the All-Tournament Team along
     for the Tide this time around.                                         Brumley (single), Kirk Killingsworth                                 with Meacham.
                                                                            (triple) and Jose Tolentino (single).
     Dunn and Meacham combined on the
     one-hit shutout in the Tide’s 6-0 win. Lew                             Magadan doubled and scored on Al-
     Kent, the former head coach at Radford                                 lan Stallings’ RBI single in the eighth
     University, pinch-hit for freshman Barry                               to cut the deficit to 4-3, but the Tide
     Bonds and broke up the no-hitter with a                                could get no closer.
     seventh-inning single.

     Velleggia’s sixth-inning grand slam high-
     lighted a five-run inning for the Tide of-
     fense.

     Following the win, Alabama was back on
     the field in less than 24 hours for another
     meeting with Texas.

     Alabama took a 2-0 lead through five in-
     nings with single runs in the third and
     fifth innings. Bret Elbin’s sacrfice fly
     scored Shipley with the first run and Dee
     Smithey homered in the fifth for the two-
     run lead.




      Tim Meacham takes over for starter Alan Dunn in the Tideʼs 6-0 win over Arizona State. Dunn and Meacham combined on the one-hit shutout as the Tide advanced to the 1983 College World Series
      Championship Game.




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1983 College World Series Remembered




                                       Top: Craig Shipley tags
                                       out Oddibe McDowell at
                                       the College World Series.

                                       Far Left: Alabama
                                       celebrates the 1983
                                       SEC Championship.

                                       Left: Alabama catcher
                                       Frank Velleggia.




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        There is no place like home.                   football and baseball standout and Major          capacity to 6,118 seats. The bench seats that
        And, Sewell-Thomas Stadium (aka “The           League Hall of Famer Joe Sewell.                  filled the upper level of the grandstand were
     Joe) is the place to be in 2008, as the Crimson      Alabama played the first night game in          moved to the new addition. Chairback seats,
     Tide’s ballpark celebrates its 60th birthday.     school history on March 00, 1981 with a 13-8      similar to those in the lower level, were in-
        The Crimson Tide baseball team played          victory over Western Kentucky.                    stalled in the upper level.
     its home games at University Field until the         The ballpark has undergone two major              The stadium also received three new tick-
     end of the 1947 season. The Tide moved            renovations since it was erected in 1947,         et booths, five new concession stands and
     to its present day site when land aquired         with the last coming in 1999. In addition,        five new restrooms for men and women.
     from Coach Frank Thomas’ family was used          there are additional plans for future renova-     Two “hawker” stands were added to allow
     to create a new field for the Tide baseball        tions on the both the inside and outside of       for concession sales in the grandstand.
     squad.                                            the stadium.                                         The players and coaches benefited from
        Frank Thomas Field opened on March 26,            The original grandstand was completed          the 2001 renovations, too. The Crimson
     1948 as a 2,000-seat facility, which attracted    in time for the 1991 season and the Tide’s        Tide moved into its spacious clubhouse in
     many overflow crowds in the 1950s and              new ball park held 2,700 fans.                    2001. The expansion also included three in-
     1960s under Coach Tilden “Happy” Camp-               Wesley Construction of Talladega, Ala.,        door batting cages and pitching machines,
     bell and Coach Joe Sewell.                        built the new facility for $2.1 million and the   a meeting room, training room, equipment
        The inaugural game was played on               completion of the permanent grandstand            room and coaches offices.
     March 26, 1948 with the Crimson Tide beat-        changed the name of the facility to Sewell-          A new stadium entrance was created in
     ing the Bradley Braves 5-2 in the first game       Thomas Stadium.                                   the fall of 2005 and a new sound system
     of a doubleheader.                                   In 1996, bleachers were added down the         from All Pro Sound was installed prior to
        Pitcher Clarence Flack delivered the first      right field line to raise the stadium’s capac-     the start of the season. The ball park also got
     pitch at 2:02 p.m. (CT) on that afternoon in      ity to more than 4,000 as the Crimson Tide        a general facelift with new paint, signs and
     the Tide’s new baseball home. Dick Dill re-       hosted its first NCAA Regional in 1996.            handrails as part of this $175,000 project.
     corded the first hit at Thomas Field and Jack         N.C. Morgan Construction of Tuscaloosa,           During the last two seasons, Alabama
     Rutledge swatted the first home run. Flack         Ala., is responsible for the most recent ad-      had added a new sound system and state-
     was the winning pitcher that afternoon for        ditions at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The $4          of-the-art video board and scoreboard.
     the Tide. Marvin Blemker also pitched and         million expansion project gives the Tide one
     earned what is known today as a save.             of the finest home facilities in all of college
        Since the inaugural game in 1947, Sewell-      baseball.
     Thomas Stadium has seen plenty of chang-             The project, which was completed prior
     es, both on and off the field.                     to the 2001 season, involved extending the
        The stadium was renamed Sewell-Thom-           grandstand down the right-field line. The
     as Field in 1978, honoring former Alabama         addition of 2,000 seats raised the stadium




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                                                                                                                                         April 6, 1978




    “Joe”
                                                             The
                                                                                                                                          - Behind the keen pitching of future Hall of Famer Jim “Cat-
                                                                                                                                         fish” Hunter and Sparky Lyle, the defending World Champion
                                                                                                                                         New York Yankees no-hit Alabama 6-0 in a exhibition game at
                                                                                                                                         Thomas Field.

                                                                                                                                         May 6, 1979
                                                                                                                                          - Alabama closes out the 1979 season and Hayden Riley era
                                                                                                                                         with a 4-3 win over arch-rival Auburn.

                                                                                                                                         Feb. 26, 1980
                                                                                                                                          - Dr. Barry Shollenbergerʼs first home game as head coach of
                                                                                                                                         the Crimson Tide ends with a disappointing 3-2 loss to Livings-
                                                                                                                                         ton State.

                                                                                                                                         March 3, 1981
                                                                                                                                          - The Crimson unveiled its new 17ʼ X 32ʼ scoreboard in left-cen-
Sewell-Thomas                                                        March 16, 1964
                                                                                                                                         ter field during its home opener. The scoreboard was donated by
                                                                                                                                         Ziegler Meats and the Coca-Cola Bottling Company.
  Stadium Timeline                                                    - Alabama defeated St. Bernard 4-3 in Coach Joe Sewellʼs first
                                                                     game as the Tideʼs head coach.
                                                                                                                                         March 14, 1981
March 25, 1948                                                                                                                            - In the first night game at Sewell-Thomas Field, Alabama de-
- The opening of the Tideʼs new baseball park, Frank Thomas
                                                                     May 16, 1968                                                        feated Western Kentucky, 13-8. The original lighting system cost
                                                                      - Alabama hosts Florida in the 1968 SEC Playoffs, the first at      $210,000.
Field, was postponed one day due to rain.
                                                                     Thomas Field since 1955. After dropping the first game in the
                                                                     best-of-three series in Gainesville, Alabama returns home and
March 26, 1948                                                       posts back-to-back shutout wins (5-0 and 3-0) to win its first SEC
                                                                                                                                         March 24, 1981
- Alabama opens Frank Thomas Field with a doubleheader                                                                                    - The Tide records its 400th all-time win at Thomas Field with a
                                                                     Championship since 1955.
against the Bradley Braves. The Crimson Tide took the opener,                                                                            4-0 win over Mercer.
5-2, but lost the nightcap, 5-3. Right-hand pitcher Clarence Flack
pitched the Tide to victory in the 1948 home opener, while Mar-
                                                                     May 10, 1969
                                                                      - Alabama suffers a 3-2 loss to Ole Miss in Coach Sewellʼs final
                                                                                                                                         March 26, 1981
vin Blemker notched the save. Dick Dill is credited with the                                                                              - True freshman David Magadan extends his school-record hit-
                                                                     home game as head coach.
first hit at Thomas Field, while Jack Rutledge swatted the first                                                                           ting streak to 21 games with a pair of hits in the 10-1 win over
home run.                                                                                                                                Georgia Southern.
                                                                     May 9, 1970
                                                                      - Alabama posted its 200th win at Thomas Field with a 4-0
April 5, 1948                                                                                                                            April 13, 1981
                                                                     victory over LSU.
 - Alabama defeated Ole Miss, 5-2, in the first SEC game played                                                                            - Alabama defeated Ole Miss, 4-3, in the first televised baseball
at Thomas Field.                                                                                                                         game from Sewell-Thomas Field. ESPN televised the game on a
                                                                     May 5, 1973                                                         tape-delayed basis.
                                                                      - Alabama hosted Vanderbilt in the 1973 SEC Playoffs. Vandy
May 24, 1950
                                                                     swept the best-of-three series from the Tide.
 - Alabama hosted its first SEC Playoffs at Thomas Field with                                                                             March 10, 1983
a pair of wins over Kentucky. The Crimson Tide took the best-                                                                            - The scheduled exhibition game between Alabama and the New
of-five series, three games to one, including 4-1 and 13-0 wins       May 8, 1974                                                         York Yankees was postponed due to snow.
in Tuscaloosa. The Tide won the 1950 SEC Championship and             - Alabama hosted Vanderbilt in the 1974 SEC Playoffs. Vandy
became the first UA team to play in the College World Series.         swept the best-of-three series from the Tide.
                                                                                                                                         March 12, 1984
                                                                                                                                          - Alabama and the New York Yankees played to a 7-7 tie in an
May 15, 1955                                                         April 5, 1975                                                       exhibition game. Future Hall of Famer Dave Winfield swatted a
 - Alabama defeated Georgia 12-2 in the first game of the SEC          - The Tide notched its 300th win at Thomas Field with a 5-4        pair of home runs in the game for the Bronx Bombers.
Playoffs at Thomas Field. Alabama swept the best-of-three se-        win over Ole Miss.
ries with a 6-4 win in Athens two days later.                                                                                            Feb. 27, 1985
                                                                     February 28, 1978                                                    - Gordie Hershiser, Paul Mirocke and Greg Hibbard combined
May 17, 1957                                                          - Alabama Director of Athletics Paul Bryant and Associate Di-      on a seven-inning no-hitter against Jackson State. Alabama won
 - Georgia Tech beat Alabama 5-4 at Thomas Field en route to         rector of Athletics Sam Bailey rename Thomas Field to Sewell-       the game, 9-0.
the 1957 SEC Championship.                                           Thomas Field to honor the former Tide All-American and Head
                                                                     Baseball Coach. Sewell, who played 14 years with Cleveland and
                                                                     the New York Yankees, was inducted into the National Baseball
                                                                                                                                         March 26, 1985
March 23, 1961                                                                                                                            - Jack Dietrich became the first player in school history to play
                                                                     Hall of Fame in July, 1977. Following the dedication, Alabama
 - Alabama won its 100th all-time game at Thomas Field with a                                                                            all nine positions in the same game as the Tide beat Alabama
                                                                     swept Livingston, 5-4 and 5-3.
20-5 win over Virginia Tech.                                                                                                             State, 13-4. Dietrich opened the game as the starting pitcher
                                                                                                                                         and moved to a different position on the field with the corre-
May 6, 1963                                                                                                                              sponding inning (2nd inning - catcher, 3rd inning - first base,
 - In Coach Tilden “Happy” Campbellʼs final home game as head                                                                             etc.).
coach, Alabama beats LSU, 10-3.




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     May 4, 1985
      - Sophomore catcher Doug Duke belted his 25th home run of
     the season to set the UA single-season record. He finished the
     year with 27 home runs, a record that still stands today.

     May 5, 1985
     - The Tide beat No. 1 ranked Miami (Fla.), 12-6, to earn a series
     win over the Hurricanes.

     March 4, 1986
      - The Crimson Tide beat Ferris State 14-13 for the 500th win at
     Thomas Field.

     April 7, 1986
      - Alabama defeated the Birmingham Barons 11-8 in an exhibi-
     tion game at Thomas Field. Mike Yastremski (2-for-4, 4 Runs),
     the son of Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend, Carl, had two hits
     and scored four runs in the loss. The Barons also used future
     Major Leaguers Ron Karkovice and Bobby Thigpen in the loss.

     May 4, 1987
      - Director of Athletics Steve Sloan and Head Baseball Coach
     Barry Shollenberger announce the plans for a 2,700-seat grand-
                                                                                     Alabama State Senator Bert Bank, Billy Martin, George Steinbrenner and Paul “Bear” Bryant before the
     stand and the Tideʼs new baseball facility will be called Sewell-
                                                                                                                 Alabama-Yankees exhibition game in 1978.
     Thomas Stadium.

                                                                         March 14, 1990                                                      Feb. 15, 1992
     April 30, 1989                                                       - Dr. Barry Shollenberger becomes the schoolʼs all-time win-         - A computer driven matrix board (36ʼ X 24ʼ) is in-
      - Alabama defeats Ole Miss, 4-3, in the final game at Sewell-
                                                                         ningest coach with his 349th career win, surpassing Tilden          stalled in left-center field at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
     Thomas Field.
                                                                         “Happy” Campbell. Alabama beat Murray State, 3-0, to make
                                                                         Shollenberger the winningest Tide coach.                            March 15, 1992
     August 15, 1989                                                     March 24, 1990 - Alabama defeated Mississippi State, 7-4, in the     - Brad Oliver and Juan DeBrand each hit a grand slam in the
       - Construction begins on Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The               first SEC game at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.                             Tideʼs 15-1 win over Middle Tennessee. Oliverʼs came in the
     2,700-seat grandstand also called for new restrooms, new con-
                                                                                                                                             third inning, while DeBrand added a grand slam in the seventh
     cession stands and press box. THe cost of the project was $2.1
                                                                         May 2, 1990                                                         inning.
     million. The project was handled by Wesley Construction Co.,
                                                                          - In one of the zaniest scenes in sports history, the Alabama-
     of Talladega, Ala.
                                                                         West Florida baseball game was delayed due to a beehive that        March 10, 1994
                                                                         had been built in the on-the-field batting cage. After several        - Alabama plays its 1,000th game at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in
     March 21, 1989                                                      unsuccessful attempts to destroy the nest, a specialist was dis-    a 5-2 loss to Notre Dame.
      - Alabama hosted a day-night doubleheader at Thomas Field          patched to Sewell-Thomas Stadium The beekeeper arrived and
     with Towson State and Georgia Southern. The Tide beat Towson        removed the nest from the cage. The delay was more than
     State, 5-0, in the first game and lost to Georgia Southern, 4-2,     three hours and the scheduled doubleheader was reduced to
                                                                                                                                             May 14, 1994
     in the nightcap.                                                                                                                         - In Barry Shollenbergerʼs final home game, Alabama lost to
                                                                         one, nine-inning game, which began at 8 p.m., more than three
                                                                                                                                             Auburn, 6-3 to end the regular season.
                                                                         hours after the scheduled start time. Alabama ripped seven
     Feb. 23, 1990                                                       doubles in the game in route to a 9-5 win.
      - The Crimson Tide opens the 1990 season in the partially reno-                                                                        Feb. 18, 1995
     vated Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Numerous weather delays forced                                                                              - The Jim Wells era began in thrilling fashion with a 2-1 win
                                                                         March 3, 1981                                                       over Middle Tennessee in 11 innings. Brett Taftʼs infield single
     the delay in the opening of the stadium and there was only           - Alabama notches its 600th all-time win at Sewell-Thomas Sta-
     limited seating for the first four home games. The entire 1990                                                                           in the bottom of the 11th inning scored Anthony DuBose with
                                                                         dium with an 8-7 win over Illinois State.
     season was played with a make-shift press box due to more                                                                               the winning run.
     construction delays.
                                                                         April 6, 1991                                                       April 5, 1995
                                                                          - Director of Athletics Cecil “Hootie Ingram, along with members
     March 9, 1990                                                                                                                            - Coach Wells became the winningest first-year coach in school
                                                                         of the Sewell and Thomas families dedicate Sewell-Thomas Sta-
      - Sewell-Thomas Stadium is open with all 2,700 seats as the Tide                                                                       history with a 15-2 win over Samford.
                                                                         dium prior to the Tideʼs doubleheader with Ole Miss. Alabama
     beats Ohio State, 9-0. Joe Vitiello was the star with two home                                                                          Wells 22nd win broke the old mark of 21 wins held by JWH Pol-
                                                                         swept the twinbill winning, 4-3 and 10-1.
     runs and seven strong innings on the mound to earn Collegiate                                                                           lard in 1907. Wells finished the year with 42 wins.
     Baseball newspaper “National Player of the Week” honors.
                                                                         April 10, 1991                                                      May 7, 1995
                                                                          - Mick Kerns became the only player in Alabama history to hit
                                                                                                                                              - Alabama beats Arkansas, 7-4, for the 700th all-time win at
                                                                         an inside-the-park grand slam in the Tideʼs 12-5 win over Mur-
                                                                                                                                             Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
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                                                                Matt Frickʼs 10th inning home run beat Southern California in 1997.

May 10, 1996                                                        May 22, 1997                                                        Feb. 10, 2000
 - An additional 1,600 bleacher seats were added down the right      - Alabama hosts the NCAA South II Regional and defeats Troy,        - In front of the largest crowd in stadium history (6,118), Ala-
field line to rosie stadium capacity to 4,107 for the final regular   Wichita State, North Carolina State and Southern California in      bama defeated BYU, 11-1, to open the 2000 season. The Crim-
season series with Auburn and the NCAA post-season. In addi-        consecutive days to earn its second straight trip to the College    son Tide sold its entire allotment of season tickets and finished
tion, the visitorʼs bullpen was moved into foul territory to make   World Series.                                                       second in the national in total and average attendance.
room of the additions.
                                                                    May 25, 1997                                                        March 5, 2001
May 12, 1996                                                         - Matt Frick hits walk-off, two-out home run in bottom of the       - Alabama became the 17th NCAA Division I school to win its
 - Alabama clinches a share of the SEC Championship with a 4-0      10th inning as Alabama beat Southern Cal, 10-9, to earn its sec-    2,000th all-time baseball game with a 12-0 win over Winthrop.
win over Auburn in the regular season finale. It was Alabamaʼs       ond straight trip to the CWS.
first SEC Championship since 1983 and first Western Division                                                                              April 5, 2002
crown since 1981.                                                   March 2, 1999                                                       - Alabama defeated Florida, 4-1, for the schoolʼs 900th all-time
                                                                     - Alabama defeated Austin Peay, 6-2, to earn its 800th all-time    win at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
May 23, 1996                                                        win at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
 - Alabama defeated Princeton, 15-2, in the first-ever NCAA Re-      May 28-30, 1999 - Alabama defeated Navy and Southern Miss
gional game at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Joe Caruso was 3-for-5        (twice) to secure the Tuscaloosa Regional Championship and
                                                                                                                                        March 24, 2006
                                                                                                                                        - Alabama defeated Ole Miss, 12-2, to earn the schoolʼs 1,000th
with three runs scored and three RBI in the win. The NCAA           advance to the first-ever NCAA Super Regional.
                                                                                                                                        all-time win at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Regional attracted more than 80,000 fans to the Joe for the
four-day event with the Tide playing in front of record crowds      June 4-5, 1999
each day.                                                            - Under the new NCAA Tournament format, Alabama is one of
                                                                                                                                        June 2-4, 2006
                                                                                                                                        - The Crimson Tide captured the 2006 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional
                                                                    eight teams to host the newly created NCAA Super Regional at
                                                                                                                                        with wins over Jacksonville and Troy (twice) to advance to its
May 26, 1996                                                        Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide swept LSU in the best-
                                                                                                                                        first NCAA Super Regional since 1999.
 - Alabama defeated Virginia, 18-8, to win the NCAA South I         of-three series, 13-6 and 13-5, to advance to Omaha for the third
Regional championship and advance to the College World Series       time in four years.
for the first time since 1983. Dustan Mohr had four hits and                                                                             June 9-10, 2006
scored four runs in the win. Corey Spiers (3-for-4, 4 RBI) and                                                                           - Alabama hosted North Carolina in the NCAA Super Regionals
                                                                    Feb. 10, 2000                                                       and lost both games to the Tar Heels, 11-5 and 8-7.
Rusty Loflin (2-for-2, RBI) were a combined 5-for-6 with seven         - The second major expansion of Sewell-Thomas Stadium is
RBI in the DH spot in the lineup.                                   completed as 2,000 permanent seats were added down the right
                                                                    field grandstand and bleachers were added to the left field foul      May 13, 2007
Feb. 14, 1997                                                       line. Also, new locker rooms, coaches offices, training room and      - Alabama topped the 2,000,000 mark in all-time attendance on
 - A number of renovations awaited the Tide in the 1997 home        team meeting rooms were added. The cost of the project, com-        the final day of the regular season against Arkansas. The Tide
opener. For the first time, Alabama played with a padded             pleted by N.C. Morgan of Tuscaloosa, was $4 million.                closed out the 2007 season with 2,004,908 fans since the park
outfield wall, which measured 8-feet high and was made of                                                                                was dedicated in 1991.
16-gauge steel. A new sound system was installed and “Click
Effects” was used for the first time in enhance the atmosphere
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      Sewell-Thomas Stadium Fact Sheet                          Sewell-Thomas Stadium Firsts

     Original Opening:               March 26, 1948                                   Thomas Field
                                Alabama 5, Bradley 2     First Game:
                                                         March 26, 1948                                Alabama 5, Bradley 2
     Dedication:                        April 23, 1948
                                 Florida 4, Alabama 2    First SEC Game:
                                                         April 5, 1948                                Alabama 5, Ole Miss 2
     Stadium Opening:                 March 9, 1990
                              Alabama 9, Ohio State 0    First Pitch:
                                                         Clarence Flack                               vs. Bradley (2:02 p.m.)
     Dedication:                        April 6, 1991
                                Alabama 4, Ole Miss 3    First Hit:                               Dick Dill vs. Bradley, 1948

     All-Time Record:              1,039-446-2 (.699)    First Home Run:                     Jack Rutledge vs. Bradley, 1948
                                       (1,488 Games)
                                                         First Winning Pitcher:                                Clarence Flack
     All-Time Attendance:     2,004,908 (Since 1991)                                                       vs. Bradley, 1948

     Capacity:                       2,000 (1947-89)     First Save:                                         Marvin Blemker
                                     2,700 (1990-96)                                                       vs. Bradley, 1948
                                  4,107 (1996-1999)
                                6,118 (2000-Present)
                                                                             Sewell-Thomas Stadium
     Surface:                           Natural Grass    First Game:
                                                         March 9, 1990                               Alabama 9, Ohio State 0
     Dimensions:                     325ʼ (LF and RF)
                                   365ʼ (LCF and RCF)    First SEC Game:
                                            400” (CF)    March 24, 1990                       Alabama 7, Mississippi State 4

     Outfield Wall:                   8ʼ padded wall     First Night Game:
                                 30ʼ batters eye in CF   March 17, 1981                          Alabama 13, W. Kentucky 8

     Construction:             Wesley Construction Co.   First Pitch:
                                Talladega, Ala. (1990)   Joe Vitielo vs. Ohio State                              (7:02 p.m.)
                                          N.C. Morgan
                               Tuscaloosa, Ala. (2000)
                                                         First Hit:                                  Nick Durant, Ohio State
                                                                                                            1st Inning Single
                                                                                                      John Farrell, Alabama
                                                                                                           1st Inning Double
                                                         First Home Run:
                                                         Joe Vitiello, Alabama                          Solo HR (4th Inning)

                                                         First Run Scored:
                                                         Joe Vitiello, Alabama                          Solo HR (4th Inning)

                                                         First Winning Pitcher:                         Joe Vitiello, Alabama

                                                         First Save:
                                                         Ben Short, Alabama                                 vs. Murray State
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Milestone Wins                                                                                                          Year-By-Year Attendance
 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alabama 5, Bradley 2 (March 27, 1948)        Year               Openings                Attendance          Average
100 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alabama 20, Virginia Tech 5 (March 23, 1961)             1991                  11                      7,091              645
200. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alabama 4, LSU 0 (May 9, 1970)       1992                 32                      18,251              570
300. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alabama 5, Ole Miss 4 (April 5, 1975)        1993                 26                      10,805              416
400. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alabama 5, Mercer 0 (March 24, 1981)           1994                 25                      13,310              532
500. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alabama 14, Ferris State 13 (March 4, 1986)            1995                 30                      24,668              822
600. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alabama 8, Illinois State 7 (March 3, 1991)          1996                 36                      80,363             2,232
700. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alabama 7, Arkansas 4 (May 7, 1995)          1997                 39                     103,177             2,646
800. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alabama 6, Austin Peay 2 (March 2, 1999)             1998                 33                     120,331             3,646
900. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alabama 4, Florida 1 (2002)   1999                  41                    172,264             4,202
1000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alabama 12, Ole Miss 2 (2005)     2000                 34                     211,331             6,216
                                                                                                                        2001                 35                     196,935             5,626
Top 10 Crowds (Series)                                                                                                  2002                 39                     202,615             5,195
Rank             Attendance                   Opponent                               Date                               2003                 33                     163,549             4,956
 1.                19,224                     LSU                                    March 28-30, 2003                  2004                 33                     150,724             4,567
 2.                19.004                     Mississippi State                      March 24-26, 2000                  2005                 35                     150,724             4,567
 3.                18,839                     Auburn                                 May 5-7, 2000                      2006                 39                     177,690             4,556
 4.                18,772                     Central Florida                        Feb. 25-27, 2000                   2007                 34                     152,363             4,481
 5.                18,630                     BYU                                    Feb. 10-12, 2000                   TOTALS               547                   2,004,908            3,665
 6.                18,561                     Purdue                                 March 3-5, 2000
 7,                18,557                     Ole Miss                               April 21-23, 2000                  All-Time Post-Season Results
 8.                18,514                     Tennessee                              April 7-9, 2000
 9.                18,512                     Auburn                                 April 26-28, 2002                  1950 SEC PLAYOFFS                          1999 TUSCALOOSA REGIONAL
10.                18,480                     Kentucky                               March 10-12, 2000                  Alabama 4, Kentucky 1                      Alabama 16, Navy 3
                                                                                                                        Alabama 13, Kentucky 0                     Alabama 10, Southern Miss 4
Top 10 Crowds (Season)
                                                                                                                                                                   *Alabama 7, Southern Miss 6
Rank             Attendance                   Opponent                               Date
                                                                                                                        1955 SEC PLAYOFFS
 1.                 6,821                     Mississippi State                      April 1, 2006
                                                                                                                        Alabama 12, Georgia 1                      1999 NCAA SUPER REGIONAL
 2.,                6,621                     LSU                                    March 29, 2003
                                                                                                                                                                   Alabama 13, LSU 6
 3.                 6,590                     LSU                                    March 28, 2003
                                                                                                                        1957 SEC PLAYOFFS                          *Alabama 13, LSU 5
 4.                 6,355                     Mississippi State                      March 25, 2000
                                                                                                                        Georgia Tech 5, Alabama 4
 5.                 6,339                     Mississippi State                      March 26, 2000
                                                                                                                                                                   2002 TUSCALOOSA REGIONAL
 6.                 6,333                     Central Florida                        Feb. 26, 2000
                                                                                                                        1968 SEC PLAYOFFS                          SE Missouri State 7, Alabama 4
 7.                 6,310                     Mississippi State                      March 24, 2000
                                                                                                                        Alabama 5, Florida 0                       Alabama 6, Auburn 3
 8.                 6,277                     Auburn                                 May 5, 2000
                                                                                                                        *Alabama 3, Florida 0                      Alabama 7, SE Missouri 4
 9.                 6,278                     Auburn                                 May 7, 2000
                                                                                                                                                                   Alabama 7, Florida Atlantic 2
10.                 6,269                     Georgia Southern                       Feb. 22, 2000
                                                                                                                        1973 SEC PLAYOFFS                          *Florida Atlantic 6, alabama 5
                                                                                                                        Vanderbilt 5, Alabama 1
Top 10 Crowds (Days of the Week)                                                                                                                                   2006 TUSCALOOSA REGIONAL
Day                       Attendance                  Opponent (Date)                                                   1974 SEC PLAYOFFS                          Alabama 13, Jacksonville State 1
Monday                       1,223                    Birmingham Southern (April 20, 1996)                              Vanderbilt 2, Alabama 1                    Alabama 4, Troy 3
Tuesday                      6,269                    Georgia Southern (Feb. 22, 2000)                                  *Alabama 14, Troy 5
Wednesday                    6,154                    Georgia Southern (Feb. 23, 2000)
Thursday                     6,222                    BYU (Feb. 10, 2000)                                               1996 NCAA SOUTH I REGIONAL
Friday                       6,590                    LSU (March 28, 2003)                                              Alabama 19, Princeton 2        2006 NCAA SUPER REGIONAL
Saturday                     6,821                    Mississippi State (April 1, 2006)                                 Alabama 9, South Alabama 3     North Carolina 11, Alabama 5
Sunday                       6,339                    Mississippi State (March 26, 2000)                                Alabama 3, Stetson 1           *North Carolina 8, Alabama 7
                                                                                                                        *Alabama 18, Virginia 8
                                                                                                                        * - Denotes championship game.

                                                                                                                        1997 NCAA SOUTH II REGIONAL
                                                                                                                        Alabama 8, Troy State 5
                                                                                                                        Alabama 6, Wichita State 2Alabama 6, North Carolina State 3
                                                                                                                        *Alabama 9, USC 8 (10)




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                            2008 Season Preview
                                                         Mercurial.                           years.”
                                                         A perfect description for any           There are also changes in the format of the season beginning with a uni-
                                                     Southeastern Conference baseball         form starting date for practice and games. Teams are not allowed to hold
                                                     game.                                    team practices until February 1. In addition, the uniform start date for
                                                         Games can turn on a single           college baseball is February 22, two weeks later than the Tide’s previous
                                                     pitch or play.                           start dates under head coach Jim Wells and more than month later than
                                                         Teams can change from inning         some teams in California and Hawai’i had grown accustomed too.
                                                      to inning, game to game or sea-            The new schedule format will call for teams to play five games a week,
                                                        son to season.                        including two midweek games Tuesday and Wednesday and three con-
                                                                      Alabama had rid-        ference games Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
                                                           den that emotional roller
                                                             coaster many times.                 Here is the skinny of the 2008 Crimson Tide baseball squad.
                                                                      For instance, emo-         *Alabama opens the season with 36 players on its baseball roster.
                                                                tional SEC series wins           *The Tide has only three seniors, including first baseman Matt Bentley
                                                                  last year against South     and pitchers Josh Copeland and Will Stroup.
                                                                   Carolina, Arkansas            *In addition, the Tide has 18 juniors, six sophomores and nine fresh-
                                                                     and       Mississippi    men.
                                                                       State that catapult-      *The Crimson Tide returns 10 position players that started at least one
                                                                        ed the Tide into      game last season.
                                                                          the SEC                *Alabama returns more than 60 percent of its offense from last year’s
                                                                            Tournament.       squad, including 2008 preseason Brooks Wallace Award candidate Alex
                                                                                              Avila.
                                                                                                 *Avila hit .296 (66-for-223) with 14 home runs and 61 RBI last year. He
                                                                                              also led the Tide with 15 doubles.
                                                                                                 *Bentley hit a career-best .299 (58-for-194) last year with 12 home runs
                                                                                              and 36 RBI. The 12 home runs were the most in his UA career.
                                                                                                 *Avila and Bentley combined for 26 home runs last season and the Tide
                                                                                              returns 48 of 58 home runs (83 percent) from a year ago.
                                                                                                 *Avila, Bentley, Brandon May and Jake Smith combined to start 190
                                                      Then back-to-back losses in the         games last season.
                                                SEC Tournament which zapped the                  *On the pitching front, more than 50 percent of its appearances, wins,
                                                Tide’s NCAA Regional chances.                 save and innings from last year’s team.
                                                      The loss of several high draft             *Alabama returns seven pitchers off last year’s squad with significant
                                                picks and last year’s most versatile          mound time.
                                                pitcher just days before the start of            *Those seven pitchers combined for 103 appearances, 16 wins, eight
                                                classes in the fall semester.                 saves and 242 strikeouts.
                                                      All a part of the life of a college        *Copeland led the team with 27 appearances and posted a team-best
                                                baseball team.                                2.97 ERA last year.
                                                      While the Crimson Tide team                *Austin Hyatt turned in a career-best season with a 5-1 record, two
                                                has seen numerous changes to its              saves and 3.07 ERA.
                                                roster since last season, the NCAA               *Stroup posted a 3-1 record and 4.65
                                                has also made some significant                ERA in 24 games as starter and reliev-
                                                changes regarding the sport.                  er.
                                                      Teams were given 45 days to
                                                hold fall workouts, a move that al-              Here is a position-by-position break-
                                                lowed the Crimson Tide to hold 18             down of the 2008 Alabama baseball
                                                intrasquad games from September               team.
     Alex Avila                                 to November.
                                                      “The players played hard,” Al-          PITCHERS
                                                abama Head Coach Jim Wells said.                 Alabama will open the season with
                                                “We feel like we got accomplished             depth on the mound, which will be
         the majority of things we wanted to get accomplished in that period of               needed to survive the five-game per
         time and we would not have been able to that without the extra practice              week schedule.
         time.                                                                                   The Crimson Tide returns seven
            “We have an idea of who can play. Now it’s getting them in the right              pitchers off last year’s team that com-
         position and getting them more reps. We have more depth than we have                 bined for more than 100 appearances,
         had because of all the returning position players and some of the players            but does not have that dominant num-
         aren’t front-line players that have been in the program three, four or five          ber one starter.                           Will Stroup



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                                               “We are trying to develop a
                                           number-one type guy and we
                                           may not have that,” Wells said.
                                           “We do have a lot of quality
                                           guys that throw strikes. Pitch-
                                           ing-wise, we have more than
                                           we have had, just not a guy
                                           that stands out as that front-
                                           line guy, but it’s still very ear-
                                           ly. They have shown to throw
                                           strikes and that is the number
                                           one thing. The guys that can do
                                           that will pitch.”
                                              “We are in a position to have
                                           a better club this year. There is
                                           something to work with there
                                           and we have some flexibility.
                                                “Nelson and Kilcrease were
                                           the two standouts pitching-
                                           wise, along with Howell. They
                                           will pitch this year for us in
                                           some role.
                                               “Right now, your weekend
                                           starters would have to be Nel-
                                           son, Hyatt, Quigley and Stroup.
                                           The closer would be Copeland
                                           and Kilcrease. Nelson could be
                                           a Friday night guy here pretty
                                           soon.”
Josh Copeland                                 There are some candidates to
                                           fill the void created when soph-
                                           omore right-hand pitcher Tom-
                                           my Hunter was taken in the first
round by the Rangers last July.
   Sophomore Austin Graham (Hoover, Ala.), freshman Connor Hoehn
(Damascus, Md.), junior Austin Hyatt (Marietta, Ga.) junor Casey Kebo-
deaux (Mandeville, La.), freshman Jimmy Nelson (Niceville, Fla.), junior
Robert Phares (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), junior Miers Quigley (Roswell, Ga.) and
senior Will Stroup (Birmingham, Ala.) are all candidates for the five staring
spots on the mound entering the 2008 season.
   Quigley (LHP, 16 G, 15 GS, 4-7, 4.88 ERA) has the most experience of the
group and is the only returning pitcher to start all 10 SEC series last year.
   Stroup (LHP, 24 G, 4 GS, 3-1, 4.65 ERA) had the third-most appearances
on the team last year before ending the season in the starting rotation with
starts against Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Florida (SEC Tourna-
ment) to close out the year.
   Nelson (RHP, Niceville High School) is a true freshman that stood out this
fall with his ability toughness on the mound and ability to throw strikes.
   Hyatt (RHP, 16 G, 3 GS, 3-1, 2 SV, 3.07 ERA) made his mark in the Tide
bullpen last year with a knack for stranding inherited runners.
   Kebodeaux (RHP, 18 G, 10 GS, 3-4, 5.06 ERA) started both SEC and mid-
week games last season for the Tide.
   Hoehn (RHP, St. John’s College High School) is another talented fresh-
man that could become a weekend or midweek starter this season.
   Graham (RHP, 1 G, 0-0, 13.50 ERA), who has battled injuries in his UA        Miers Quigley
career, shined on UA’s scout day in the fall and will challenge for time on
the mound as a starter.
   Phares (RHP, Shelton State Community College) made the transition
from junior college with a solid fall on the mound. His ability to throw
strikes makes him a candidate for a starting spot or time in the bullpen.
   The remaining pitchers will vie for time in the bullpen, with some roles
already defined heading into the 2008 campaign.




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        Senior Josh Copeland (Palmetto, Ga.) has the most experience with a          Brandon High School) will also compete for time in the bullpen this sea-
     team-high 27 appearances out of the pen last season and will be joined          son.
     by redshirt freshman Austin Evans (Tampa, Fla.), Jarrod Hewes (Mobile,
     Ala.), sophomore Del Howell (Tuscaloosa), freshman Nathan Kilcrease             CATCHERS
     (Phenix City, Ala.), Jamie Manning (Empire, Ala.), Patrick Nappi (Birming-          The catching position may be the most improved on the field this season
     ham, Ala.) and Tyler White (Brandon, Miss.).                                    for the Crimson Tide.
        Copeland (RHP, 1-2, 4 SV, 2.97 ERA) will be used as a set-up man or              Alabama will open the season with seven catchers on its 2008 roster,
     closer this season. He has the lowest ERA of any returning pitcher and          including junior Alex Avila (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), sophomore Brock Ben-
     recorded 27 strikeouts in 30-plus innings last year.                            nett (Tucker, Ga.), junior Brian Clark (Indianpolis, Ind.), junior Vin DiFazio
        Howell (LHP, 1 G, 0-0, 33.75) is the most improved among the returning       (Hampton, N.J.), junior Kyle Moore (Wetumpka, Ala.), junior Mike Sharp
     pitchers and could end up in the Tide’s starting rotation after a solid fall    (Liberty, Mo.) and junior David Woods (Bailey, Miss.).
     camp. He had only one appearance last season and spent the rest of the              In the off-season, Avila (57 G, .296, 14 HR, 61 RBI) made the move to
     season as an outfielder, DH or pinch-hitter. Howell will definitely see ac-     catcher and he made an immediate impact. He spent last summer work-
     tion as a two-way player this season with an improved offensive game as         ing at the position in the Cape Cod League and then got some instruction
     well.                                                                           from Detroit Tigers all-star backstop Ivan Rodriguez. Avila’s father, Al, is
        “Howell can play,” Wells said. “He is better. He may evolve into some-       the Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Tigers. While he
     one that can start (on the mound), but my first instinct is to use him out of   is still learning the position and improving every day, Avila is the favorite
     the pen. He had a really nice fall. He is one of those guys whose whole         to win the starting job.
     game improved.”                                                                     “I think it’s a good move for Avila,” Wells said. “He is very excited and
        Kilcrease (RHP, Glenwood Academy) joined Nelson as the most im-              has taken to it well. Mike Sharp is a guy we signed late and he has done
     pressive freshman pitchers in the fall. He is a hard-nosed competitor and       well also. We have gone from having no catchers to seven, but I think Avila
     has the ability to pitch on consecutive days, which may allow him to settle     has put himself in a good position, if he keeps improving, to be a front-line
     in as the Tide’s closer this season.                                            guy. “
        Nappi (RHP, Shelton State Community College) is another leading can-             “He brings a lot to the table. He knows the game and he communicates
     didate as the Tide’s set-up man in 2008. Nappi and Copeland should battle       well with the pitchers. (Assistant coach) Dax Norris has done a great job
     for the team lead in appearances. Nappi’s curveball makes him a logical         with him. He wants to play. He wants to do well. He is very motivated.
     choice for the set-up role.                                                     He knows that is the position for him.”
        Evans (RHP, Redshirted in 2007) is a hard thrower who may be thrust              Sharp (Kansas City Community College) had a solid two-year junior
     into action early in the season for the Tide.                                   college career and showed improvement in the fall.
        Manning (RHP, Wallace State Community College) will bring two years              DiFazio (redshirted in 2007) missed the 2007 season with a viral nerve
     of junior college experience to the Tide bullpen.                               infection in his shoulder, but rebounded nicely with a solid fall both of-
        Hewes (RHP, Faulkner State Community College) and White (LHP,                fensively and defensively.
                                                                                                       Moore (31 G, 22 GS, .200, 2 HR, 12 RBI) is the only returning
                                                                                                     catcher with any game experience. Moore started 22 games
                                                                                                     last season and did not make an error in 139 chances behind
                                                                                                     the dish.
                                                                                                       Bennett (3 G, .333, 0 HR, 0 RBI) and Clark (3 G, .500, 1 HR, 1
                 Matt Bentley                                                                        RBI) will also compete for time behind the plate.
                                                                                                       Woods (Meridian Community College) is a walk-on that
                                                                                                     joined the team in January.

                                                                                                  INFIELDERS
                                                                                                    Alabama returns three-quarters of its starting infield from
                                                                                                  last year’s team and that experience, along with the addition
                                                                                                  of two outstanding freshmen, should make this a solid defen-
                                                                                                  sive unit in 2008.
                                                                                                    Senior first baseman Matt Bentley (Huntsville, Ala.), soph-
                                                                                                  omore second baseman Brandon May (Marietta, Ga.) and
                                                                                                  sophomore third baseman Jake Smith (Shannon, Ala.) return,
                                                                                                  along with other veterans juniors Wes Henderson (Oxford,
                                                                                                  Ala.) and Jeff Texada (New Iberia, La.).
                                                                                                   Bentley (53 GS, .299, 12 HR, 36 RBI) returns for his second full
                                                                                                  season at first base and is coming off a banner season, where
                                                                                                  he set career highs in virtually every offensive category.
                                                                                                   May (49 G, 41 GS, .264, 0 HR, 13 RBI) enters the 2008 season
                                                                                                  as one of the team’s better offensive players. His offensive
                                                                                                  game improved in the fall to go along with his improved de-
                                                                                                  fense.
                                                                                                    Smith (40 G, 39 GS, .246, 6 HR, 29 RBI) may be the Tide’s
                                                                                                  best defensive infielder. He has good range and strong arm
                                                                                                  and an improved offensive attack will make him a better all-
                                                                                                  around player this season.
                                                                                                    Henderson (9 G, .167, 0 HR, 1 RBI) brings strong defensive
                                                                                                  skills and expereince to the lineup this season.




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                Kent Matthes                                Jake Smith                               Brandon May
   Texada (39 G, 25 GS, .277, 1 HR, 12 RBI) has also shown improvement on       and Texada in center, too. Every guy mentioned, except Kubal, has been in
offense and defense and could take over as the Tide’s starting shortstop.       the program one year, two years or three years. We will be fine there.”
   “We have three of the four starters back,” Wells said. “There is one guy        Matthes (51 G, 50 GS, .307, 8 HR, 45 RBI) is a two-year starter and the
(shortstop Greg Paiml) we have to replace. Texada, Wilson and Rutledge          leading candidate to open the season as the Tide’s right-fielder.
are all good players, so that will be a battle to the end. Rutledge is a key       Rhoden (43 G, 37 GS, .291, 2 HR, 16 RBI) is also a two-year starter for the
guy because he has had such a good fall and has been able to play well in       Tide. He split time last year between the outfield and catcher. He moved
any position.                                                                   back to the outfield in the fall and his offensive game showed great im-
   He will be pushed by a pair of talented freshmen that could make an          provement as he concluded the camp as one of the Tide’s leading hitters.
immediate impact on the Tide infield and lineup this season.                       Odle (25 G, 5 GS, .130, 1 HR, 4 RBI) saw an increased role last year and
   Ross Wilson (Hoover, Ala.) and Josh Rutledge (Cullman, Ala.), a pair of      started five games toward the end of the season. He showed excellent of-
All-State high school players in 2007, had stellar fall camps and are consid-   fensive and defensive skills in the fall and his speed will keep in the mix in
ered top candidates replace Paiml.                                              the outfield.
   Wilson (Hoover High School), who is the younger brother of Tide quar-           Howell (25 G, 10 GS, .255, 1 HR, 4 RBI) maty have the best raw power
terback John Parker Wilson, was drafted in the 36th round of the 2007           in the Tide lineup. A two-way player, Howell will likely see action in left
MLB Draft last June.                                                            field or as the designated hitter when not on the mound. He was one of the
   Rutledge (Cullman High School) played on Cullman’s state champion-           Tide’s most improved players in the fall.
ship baseball team and also has the speed to play centerfield this season.
   “I think the addition of those two freshmen, who are really good ath-
letes, it gives you some maneuverability. Rutledge can play anything.
Wilson can play anything.
   “So the infield defense is good. Whether it’s Wilson, May, Rutledge or
Texada, they all field the ball and throw it to first base and turn double
plays and we are going to need that because the ball is going to be put in
play a lot.”
   Freshmen Jon Kelton (LaGrange, Ga.) and Jimmy Tullidge (Tuscaloosa,
Ala.) will also challenge for playing time in the infield.
   Kelton (LaGrange High School) spent the majority of the fall at second
base, while Tullidge (Tuscaloosa Academy) played mostly at third base
and could see some time on the mound as well.

OUTFIELDERS
   While Alabama lists only five outfielders on its roster, the biggest con-
cern will be the replacement of four-year starter and two-time All-Ameri-
can Emeel Salem in centerfield.
   Four of the five outfielders have significant playing time at Alabama
over the last couple of seasons, inclduing sophomore Del Howell (Tusca-
loosa, Ala.), junior Kent Matthes (Orlando, Fla.), junior Tyler Odle (Vesta-
via Hills, Ala.) and junior Ryan Rhoden (Tuscaloosa, Ala.).
   Junior Alex Kubal (Shorewood, Minn.) is the only newcomer listed
among the UA outfielders. Kubal (Gulf Coast Community College) will
compete for a starting spot in center field along with Odle and freshman
infielder Josh Rutledge.
   “We have everybody back, plus we added Kubal,” Wells said. “He was
brought in to be the centerfielder. He plays hard and he has improved. I
feel comfortable with him going out there. We have looked at Rutledge           Ryan Rhoden




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