Bowl Round Games
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New Mexico @
Texas San Antonio
(New Mexico -7.0)
San Diego State
Appalachian State @
(Appalachian State -1.0)
Southern Mississippi @
(Southern Mississippi -3.5)
Central Michigan @
(Western Kentucky -4.5)
(Colorado State -13.5)
Eastern Michigan @
(Old Dominion -3.5)
Louisiana Tech @
(Middle Tennessee -0.0)
Miami (OH) @
(Mississippi State -12.5)
NC State @
(NC State -4.0)
(Washington State -6.5)
Boise State @
(Boise State -8.0)
West Virginia @
Texas A&M @
(Texas A&M -2.0)
South Florida @
(South Florida -10.5)
(Virginia Tech -7.0)
Oklahoma State @
South Alabama @
(Air Force -12.5)
Georgia Tech @
(Georgia Tech -3.5)
Ohio State @
(Ohio State -3.5)
Western Michigan @
( Oklahoma -5.0)
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|Burrows Sets Career Saves Mark as Baseball Takes Down Troy, 2-1
Alabama hit the road for the first time this year and beat a good Troy team 2-1. Bama improves to 7-1 while Troy (7-2) picks up only their 2nd loss of the season. Six pitchers took the mound only allowing 1 earned run. Thomas Burrows set the all time saves mark for a career and he is not done yet. He is among the best relievers in the nation if not the best. MLB scouts are very aware of this big lefty.
Off to Cary, NC for tournament play against Notre Dame, Niagara, NC State and Brown.
Another strong pitching performance from the Alabama arms led the Crimson Tide to a 2-1 win over Troy on Tuesday evening at Riddle-Pace Field. Junior closer Thomas Burrows earned his 22nd career stop to set the Alabama all-time mark for career saves as the Tide claimed its first ever win at Troy and improved to 7-1 overall on the season.Click here for link
Holding a 2-1 advantage heading into the bottom of the eighth, Alabama called on its combination of Matt Foster and Burrows to seal the victory. Foster worked 0.2 of an inning before Burrows entered for the final 1.1 innings to earn the 22nd of his career, setting the Alabama all-time mark for career saves. Burrows retired all four batters he faced and has yet to give up a hit this season in his five appearances (four saves). The left-hander also added three strikeouts to his season total, including the final two outs of the game.
The Crimson Tide arms leading to Foster and Burrows excelled as well in Tuesday's contest. Starter Jon Keller tossed 4.0 innings of one-run baseball, allowing four hits and issuing one walk while striking out two Trojans. Mike Oczypok and Tyler Adams followed Keller, combining for 2.0 innings of scoreless baseball and allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out one.
|Donta Hall, is he the next Bama Mr. Basketball?
As you watch the big man lumber around the court in his usual slow paced walk during the shoot arounds before their games, you have to wonder just how good of a player can he really become. He looks a little awkward as he walks around with his head looking downward and cutting his eyes from side to side to those around him with an occasional smile to some, but you have to wonder just what he is thinking and then with a burst of speed and agility he slam dunks another basketball.
This is Donta Hall, a 6'9" player from a small town in southern Alabama called Luverne. Some folks have heard of Luverne but most folks can't tell you where it is and it is the same with Donta, most fans know his name now but not many knew of him before coming to Alabama. I attended the first practice in the fall of last year and he immediately caught my eye with his enthusiasm on the court. He didn't act like a freshman as far as being bashful and waiting for coaches to tell him what to do. I told my wife then that this young man has the potential to be something special for the team but let's see how he handles it in the days ahead.
The season started with him not getting much playing time and I expected that because playing for a small school in high school and playing in division one basketball is quite contrasting and he would have to work himself into a playing slot. If there was one thing that I thought he needed was a lot of work on his defensive skills. He likes to grab with his hands rather than using his feet to position himself to defend and he then gets some quick silly fouls that limits his playing time. He has improved some with that but he still has a ways to go. The one thing that he does really well is shot blocking. He has really come on strong with his shot blocking abilities which has made teams alter their game plans more than once. He and Taylor have really been a force the second half of the season. Another improvement in his game has been his offensive game. He has shown better hands than either Taylor and Kessens and has given team the inside weapon that has been needed for so long. Taylor has improved some and Kessens still plays really passive and neither has stepped up to become the big man that Bama needs. He doesn't dribble the ball well just yet but that should improve with good coaching and time.
Yesterday, I think Donta made a big statement as to who the big man will be for Alabama basketball in the future. He played with so much energy and had the crowd on their feet with more noise in Coleman than I have heard in years. This is what this basketball team has needed, players that can get the fans out of their seats. Don't get me wrong, I'm not taking anything away from Obasohan, he has been a God send for this team with his play but he is a senior and and will be gone next year. Bama will need a fan motivator for next year's team and there are new high profile players coming on the team with great potential but I think Donta can be the player that everybody wants to see with his powerful brand of basketball. He needs to have a good off season to improve his footwork and defensive skills but he has promise of being a true team leader, something that all good teams must have.
|Re: Softball: Alabama vs Tennessee
The 7th inning had a lot of fireworks in it. The home plate started dancing around on the umpire with some of his calls and then the home plate umpire called a Bama runner out at third on a blooper that was dropped by the left fielder and then her throw to third for a force out. Bama had runners at first and second on the blooper with one out. The throw to third by the left fielder was late but the home plate umpire, who had to cover third, called the runner out. That is when it got real nasty. I haven't figured out yet why CPM wasn't tossed from the game. The best part was when Lafaele got her winning hit though, it was a shot to right center to the wall with a runner at third and two out. Lafaele had not reached first base yet and the home plate umpire was already to third base leaving the stadium in a big hurry and he didn't check up until he reached the gate leaving the stadium down the left field line. There was a big crowd at the game so the crowd noise was very big as well. I am sure glad we didn't have to listen to their team sing Rocky Top.
|Bama Softball vs Arizona
Bama opened the Easton Bama Bash tonight hosting Nationally Ranked Arizona.
Bama came from behind in the bottom of 7th scoring 2 runs to win the game 4-3
Osorio went all the way for the win allowing only 3 hits.
Lafaele led the Tide with 3 hits
But it was their aggressive base running that secured the win.
Game 2 tomorrow at 1:30.
|Re: Baseball to Reopen Sewell-Thomas Stadium this Weekend against Maryland
It was a big night at The New Joe last night with the stadium almost full and some good weather and Bama winning 3-1. It was only fitting that Bama's first hit and run in their new stadium would be a home run and by a freshman, Chandler Taylor who was 2 for 2 for the night.
Both teams struggled at the plate the entire game but Bama prevailed in the end with some timely hits to get the win. I was impressed with their abilities to move their base runners via the bunt to get them into scoring position, something that Bama hasn't had much success with in the past years.
Keller, Foster, and Burroughs got the job of closing out the game for Bama on the mound with some very good relief pitching as Keller was the winning pitcher.
Bama played well in their first game and Maryland is a quality team so getting the win in their opening game was very big for Gaspard and his team. If they had lost last night, the critics would have been howling. They play again at 3:30 this afternoon following the Tide's basketball game with Miss State. I'm guessing there may be more fans in the stadium this afternoon due the basketball fans being next door.
|Bama Basketball, A Team of Hope and Determination
Where do you start in trying to describe where Bama basketball is this morning? Just a short few months ago, Alabama was trying to hire a new coach that could somehow turn their shipwreck of a basketball program into a nice new shining yacht, something that most sports analysts thought was impossible because of their beliefs that Bama is a football school and no big time coach in his right mind would ever want to take on that task and have to play second fiddle to the football program. Alabama did make a hire though, they hired a coach that had a winning past record in his playing days and also his past coaching days. Those analyst and most fans still scoffed at the idea of him being able to turn the program around and even if he did it would be a long term task of getting in new players and convincing everyone that that he could actually make it happen.
How many of you watched the game yesterday and how many of you really thought Bama could actually do what they did? All of us had watched the team get better during the course of the season but still there was a lot doubt that they could actually play with the BIG BOYS and be successful when crunch time would come to put themselves in a position for the post season tournaments. I for one thought they had a slight chance but I think all of my hope was based on being an avid fan and Alabama would would make it happen because they are Alabama, my team.
Coach Avery Johnson, is he the real Superman that the University Of Alabama has hired for their new coach? This morning, there are some analysts and doubter fans with a new perception of this new coach of the Crimson Tide because of what the team has accomplished so far this season, it's been an incredible run for the team. I say incredible because of the team that CAJ inherited from Bama's previous coach Anthony Grant was in shambles and had no sense of direction of where they were headed. Coach Avery and staff have taken this team and used their knowledge of the game and their abilities to coach individual players and made them both into being a winner. There are players on this team that I said just a short time ago that were lazy and could not play the game of basketball and CAJ would never win until he recruited some players that were more athletic and understood what was needed to be a winner. Well I can take my foot out of my mouth now because he has taken those very players and coached them into being competitive and making the plays that just a short time ago was impossible for them to do. I will use Jimmy Taylor as my example of one of those that I mentioned. Yesterday he wasn't the player of just a short few weeks ago but he was a beast, the player that me and some others had wanted him to be since he arrived at Alabama. What a coaching job that CAJ and staff have done on him and a couple of others with Riley Norris being one of them. If they can get Hale to get on board and be the player that he is capable of being, there will be brighter days ahead for the team
The "Bama Nation" is in a frenzy today because of the big win against Florida last night and they have every right to be. There is still a long way to go for this team to make it to the Big Dance but now there is a real hope that this can actually happen. There is now the hope that Bama basketball can be on the same level as their beloved Nick Saban and the football program is on, they can now have the chance to compete for championships.
Maybe we are counting our chickens before the eggs have hatched and who really cares but what a feeling it is to even think that the basketball program is back, something that we all have been dreaming of for a very long time. Maybe Bama doesn't make the Big Dance this year but at least the Bama fans have had a real chance to think that we might would make it, something that hasn't crossed our minds is quite some time. Alabama hasn't gotten their new yacht just yet but I think it is in construction and in the months and years ahead, CAJ and staff will do the things necessary to get it completed by recruiting the players that are necessary to finish the job. RTR!!!!
|Bama Softball: Day 2 of UCF Tournament
Bama defeated Rutgers 6-0 in their third game of the tournament. Maddi Moore again started for the Crimson Tide and went the distance giving up 5 hits and walking none. Bama will play James Madison in their 4th game at 3:30 this afternoon. Moore's pitching performance so far has to enlighten CPM after Littlejohn got rung up last night against UCF. In all fairness to Littlejohn, she had an off season surgery on one of her feet and it make take her a little to get back in pitching form.
Bama had 10 hits in the game, improving from their poor showing last night against UCF. Turner had 2 hits, Lafaele had 3, and Fain had 2 to lead the Tide.
|Bama Softball - Opening Day
Alabama opened it's softball season today with a game against Fordham in the UCF Classic in Orlando, FL.
Bama defeated Fordam 9-1 in 5 innings,
Freshman pitcher Madi Moore scattered 4 hits, 1 run, while walking 2 and striking out 2.
Bama had 9 hits, 2 each by McCleney, Turner, and Lafaele.
Will Play UCF later today.
|Softball Fan Day and Baseball's Old Timer Game.
The girls had a nice crowd show up today and beautiful weather that helped the turnout. I was pleasantly surprised with the number of fans that came. I was there to watch most of the batting practice and was very impressed with their hitting. There were two things that caught my attention with the players and that was some of the heavier ones have lost some weight and someone has been working with the hitters, their bat swing has been shortened and they were really driving the ball. Lafaele hit some monster shots with one going over the new scoreboard and two were halfway up the big light pole in left center. Last year the hitters were taking hard long swings at the ball which resulted in hitting a lot of pop ups and easy fly balls. Those that have lost some weight looked very conditioned compared to last year. The girls will be playing at UCF next weekend in a tournament.
The baseball team had a nice crowd as well as many of the folks going to the basketball game payed a visit to the new stadium. I did get to see a little of the game and it was good to hear the names of some of them that had a major league career take the time to come back and celebrate the new stadium. The stadium is very pretty but was even more impressive with fans in the seats and players on the field.
There was one former Bama player in attendance, Bobby Pierce. He is now retired as the head coach at Troy University. I thought it was very interesting to see, Bobby Pierce there having a good time. There are some around the Tuscaloosa area that have mentioned his name during the past three years of Bama's less than spectacular success with their program.
Here is a link to an article that provides the names of some of former players that were there.Click here for link
|National Signing Day 2016
As always, CNS downplayed any of the ratings of the players that the sports media has so fallen in love with as he spoke to us this afternoon about Bama's new signees. He told us that the stars beside their names mean totally nothing to them and that each player recruited is rated by the information collected by their coaches on their recruiting visits and player film and not by any rating service. CNS felt that their needs were met with this group and that they could possible add a player or two yet.
It was interesting to hear each of the coaches break down each of the signed players that they will be coaching. I was surprised that so many of the signed players were not recruited by their position coach. Layne Kiffen had one of the more interesting player bios as he described our new early signee quarterback Jalen Hurts. I can't remember all that he said about Hurts but I can tell you that the three quarterbacks that are already here better get ready for a battle per Kiffen.
CNS had plenty to say about the National Championship team and how diversity played such a big role in the maturing of the players. He also talked about the graduation rate of the team and how proud he is of the graduation rate of the players and also the juniors that came back for another season and how important that was for this years team but it was more important for the players to graduate and have a chance to improve their status for the NFL draft next year.
He ended by telling us all that only small percentages of the players recruited each year will ever make it to the NFL and that is why the academic side of their scholarship is so important. The players classroom work is rated constantly and when a player receives 6-8 negatives, they are suspended from any football activity until the negatives are corrected. He said in a firm voice that his team has never lost a game due to a player being suspended because of their studies. I think that might have answered some of our questions at times as to why a player has been suspended.
It's a new year, a new season, a group of new players and a new quarterback so what is in store for the Crimson Tide this year? No one really knows at this time but I'm looking forward to spring training because there are some positions to be filled and there should be some very good competition for us all to watch. Can we get #17 next year well some are already saying yes, it is Alabama football you know.
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