Alabama Crimson Tide baseball is rolling to begin the 2013 season. Following Tuesday night’s 5-4 victory over Samford, the Tide moved their record to an impressive 7-1 to begin the season. Alabama’s offense was again led by freshman shortstop Mikey White, who had his second multi-hit game of the season.
While the first weekend of the season saw the Crimson Tide bats making the most noise, this past weekend against Florida Atlantic saw pitching and defense take center stage, as Alabama posted wins of 5-2 and 4-2 before falling in the series finale 3-0. For Alabama, it was a good showing considering they were swept in Tuscaloosa by FAU last year.
The most promising sign for the Crimson Tide has to be that the starting pitchers did not allow an earned run in 16 innings pitched against the Owls. Heading into Tuesday night’s contest against Samford, Alabama was 1 of only 2 SEC teams to have not allowed a homerun this year (A&M being the other) and Samford’s Christian Durdaller ended that streak with a HR to LF in the 8th inning.
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While many consider Alabama to be a football school only, it’s important for Crimson Tide fans to recognize the winning tradition of Alabama baseball as well.
Alabama leads the SEC in most program wins, trail only LSU for most regular season SEC titles, have a winning record against every SEC program except LSU and South Carolina, and has 14 conference championships, 21 NCAA tournament appearances, and five CWS appearances. Alabama also has the most players drafted into the MLB at over sixty. Pretty impressive for a football school, and we as fans ought to do more to support these winning programs as well:
- Softball is an astounding 129-19 dating back to the 2011 season, is 16-0 to begin this year, and are defending National champions as well as SEC champions.
- Men’s golf is ranked third in the country, and is coming off a 2012 campaign that saw then finish as national champion runner-ups.
- Women’s golf began the season ranked No. 1 in the country.
- Women’s tennis is currently ranked No. 9 and is 8-1 on the year.
- Men’s tennis is 9-3 on the year.
- Women’s gymnastics is ranked No. 4 in the nation currently, is defending national champions, as well as coming fresh off an astounding 106th straight victory over Auburn a few weeks ago.
All Crimson Tide fans should support each team, and give these student-athletes the support they deserve.