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*** Some Alabama baseball notes

  • Chris Walsh


    Tuesday, Feb. 19 vs. No. 23 Southern Mississippi, 6:05 p.m. CT

    Friday, Feb. 22 at Florida Atlantic, 5:30 p.m. CT

    Saturday, Feb. 23 at Florida Atlantic, 3 p.m. CT

    Sunday, Feb. 24 at Florida Atlantic, 12 p.m. CT

    Player of the Week Nomination

    Cary Baxter

    Soph., 1B/DH

    Birmingham, Ala.


    VMI (W) 2 2 1 .500 0 0 0 0 2 0 0-0 0

    VMI (W) 3 1 3 1.000 2 2 0 0 1 1 1-1 0

    VMI (W) 3 1 1 .333 2 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 1

    Total 8 4 5 .625 4 2 0 0 3 0 1-1 1

    Notes: Paced the Crimson Tide with a .625 batting average in a series sweep of VMI at home … had a .692 on-base percentage after reaching base in nine of his 13 trips to the plate … was the starting DH for the season opener, before starting the rest of the series at first base … drove in four runs and scored four times in the series … had a pair of doubles, both coming in game two of the series when he was 3-for-3 with two RBI, a walk and a HBP to reach base in all five at-bats … was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in the series opener … capped the weekend off with a 1-for-2, two walk and two run performance.

    Freshman of the Week Nomination

    Mikey White

    Fr., SS

    Birmingham, Ala.

    Stats: AB R H Avg RBI 2B 3B HR BB SB

    VMI (W) 5 1 4 .800 2 0 0 0 0 1-1

    VMI (W) 2 1 1 .600 0 0 0 0 3 2-2

    VMI (w) 4 0 1 .250 1 0 0 0 0 0-0

    Totals 11 2 6 .545 3 0 0 0 3 3-3

    Notes: A true freshman, White started at shortstop and hit second in the Alabama order … he finished his first college weekend with a .545 average (6-for-11) and a .643 on-base percentage … he got his career off to a start with a bang, going 4-for-5 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in the first game of the season …also drove in the game winning run with an RBI single in the seventh inning of game one … in game two, he was 1-for-2 with three walks and a pair of stolen bases … he was part of four double plays turned by the Tide on the weekend.

    Alabama Notes: Alabama opened the season with a series sweep over VMI at home … as a team, the Tide posted a .319 batting average, had a .427 on-base percentage and averaged 8.33 runs per game against the Keydets … the Tide had at least four freshmen in the starting line-up in all three games, and had five freshmen in the starting line-up on Sunday … Alabama committed two errors in the series, while turning four double plays … the Tide was 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts .. the Alabama bullpen threw 15.0 innings, allowed three runs (two earned) for a 1.20 ERA, with 12 strikeouts … the Bama bullpen allowed 11 hits to hold VMI to a .216 average. Pitching Notes: Alabama used a total of nine pitchers in the opening weekend … UA held VMI to a .286 average with a 3.00 ERA in the series … Justin Kamplain was the only player to record two appearances, he finished with 3.1 innings pitched, gave up one hit, had one walk, struck out three, held VMI to a .091 average and picked up his first career save on Sunday … Tucker Hawley returned to the mound on Sunday after missing the 2012 season after Tommy John surgery … Hawley got the win after throwing 2.1 innings in relief for his first win since May 15, 2011 … freshman righty Ray Castillo threw 3.1 scoreless innings in relief in the season opener and picked up the Tide’s first win of the season … Castillo allowed one hit, gave up a walk and struck out five in his Crimson Tide debut … freshman righty Keaton Haack threw 3.0 innings on Saturday, allowing one unearned run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts … Jon Keller recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in 4.0 innings in his start on Saturday. Offensive Notes: Cary Baxter led the Tide with a .625 average (5-8), had three walks and a HBP for a .692 on-base percentage … Baxter also led the Tide with two doubles while playing as the DH and at first base … Baxter was 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI, a run scored and a walk in game two of the series … freshmen shortstop Mikey White was 6-for-11 (.545) in the series, and added three walks and was 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts … Brett Booth finished the weekend with a .500 (4-for-8) average, tied the team lead with four RBI and led the team with four runs scored … Booth was 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored in game two … Booth has reached base safely in his last nine games dating back to last season … redshirt freshman Ryan Blanchard was 3-for-8 (.375) with a double as the Tide’s starting left fielder in all three games … Alabama’s lone home run over the weekend came from sophomore All-American Ben Moore in game two of the series … Moore finished the weekend with a .300 (3-10) average with four RBI and three runs scored … Georgie Salem recorded his first multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 in the series finale on Sunday.

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    Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.

  • This is awesome thanks Chris :) btw have you guys considered giving us a Bama in the pros type report every couple of weeks for baseball? Would be cool to see how alums are doing and what minor league teams they are on and such.

  • question: I was just wondering if anyone knows if Wade Wass is hurt or something? Just wondering , because he was supposed to be a stud catcher and the best player in our recruiting class. Thanks

  • Fractured ankle, out a couple of weeks. Booth is catching in his stint.

  • I am pretty sure they have in the past, given full spring training has not started yet will be a little while till all the different teams are sorted out or what level guys will be at. Spring training also gets a little rough near the end when they start releasing guys, gets uncomfortable when a trainer comes and gets the guy next to you and we both know he is getting cut.

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  • Theta

    Could have sworn I posted in here..anyway.

    2 guys to keep an eye on during spring training, Hyatt and Rutledge. Hyatt impressed last season with Reading in AA and Rutledge actually made a splash in the majors. Kent Mathis should be a AA/AAA guy this year too.

    Twitter: @ProducerAP

  • Chris Walsh

    The details have been in numerous stories (if you want to check them out) including Sunday's game story that described the domino effect with the lineup:

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    Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.

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  • who will pitch against USM Tuesday?