Needing to win two games from 11th seeded Oklahoma to make it to next week’s Women’s College World Series, sixth seed Alabama did just that in dramatic fashion Saturday, before a Rhoads Stadium capacity crowd of 3,940. Bama won the opener 2-0, and rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take the final contest, 5-3, thanks to a clutch grand slam by a slumping sophomore who broke out in grand fashion with a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to provide the winning margin.
Marissa Runyon's grand slam propelled Alabama past Oklahoma, 5-3, in game three of the Super Regional in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night. Alabama advances to the WCWS, where the Tide will open against Michigan.
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As expected, massive defensive lineman Kendell 'Hulk' Jones of Killeen-Shoemaker, Texas has committed to Alabama. The 6-5, 361-pound Jones is regarded as one of the nation's elite DL prospects in the 2016 class. Jones chose Alabama over Baylor, LSU, Texas and Texas A&M. More later.
Depending on whom you ask, Alabama’s baseball team needed to at least beat Vanderbilt Friday in SEC Tourney action to have a shot at being invited to an NCAA Regional. That didn’t happen, as the defending national champs put together an eight-run fourth en route to a 16-1, run-rule win in seven innings.
Mammoth Killeen-Shoemaker, Texas defensive lineman Kendell Jones is all set to announce his decision. Shoemaker head coach Channon Hall confirmed to TI today that the 6-5, 361-pound Jones would announce tonight following the school's spring game.
Standout JUCO offensive tackle Charles Baldwin of ASA College in Brooklyn, NY is making plans for his first visit to Tuscaloosa. The 6-6, 315-pound Baldwin, who rates among the nation's best junior college prospects, will be in town for three days from June 6-8.
Highly-regarded JUCO offensive tackle Tate Leavitt of Hutchinson CC in Hutchinson, KS has reeled in several offers, including ones from Alabama, Arizona State, Kansas State, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisville, Missouri, NC State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia, among others. The 6-6, 312-pound Leavitt, who plans to trim his long list down to six or eight schools next week, is being recruited by UA offensive line coach Mario Cristobal.
Will Haynie’s solo home run in the seventh inning broke the tie, lifting Alabama baseball to the 4-3 win over Missouri inside the Hoover Met on Thursday morning. The Crimson Tide has now won nine of its last 12 games and advances to the next round of the SEC Tournament.
The Alabama coaching staff has been recruiting 2016 wide receiver/kick returner prospect Devin Duvernay for over a year. On May 29th, the 5-11, 195-pound speedster from Sachse, Texas will finally make it to Tuscaloosa to check out the Tide.
Alabama’s rally in the ninth came up just short as the Crimson Tide fell to Texas A&M, 4-3, in the second round of the 2015 SEC Tournament. Following an eighth inning that saw the Aggies score one for the lead, the Crimson Tide could not rally for the clutch hit with runners on in the ninth.
Paramus Catholic HS in Paramus, New Jersey is home to Rashan Gary, one of the best prospects in the 2016 class. The talent-rich program is also home to another talented defensive lineman, sophomore Corey Bolds.
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With summer closing in, many of the nation's top prospects are finalizing plans to visit Tuscaloosa. Many prospects will be in town for the popular Nick Saban camp in early June. Other prospects will make unofficial visits to check out the campus, see the facilities and meet with coaches and players. One key prospect slated to be in town in a few weeks is the nation's top 2016 defensive lineman, Rashan Gary (6-4, 288, 4.74) from Paramus-Catholic, NJ.
Sophomore Geoffrey Bramblett led the Alabama baseball team to a 6-1 win over Ole Miss in the opening round of the 2015 SEC Tournament on Tuesday morning. The Crimson Tide starter tossed his second career complete game in as many chances during the postseason.
The Crimson Tide staff is in on several of the nation's top defensive linemen. One of those is Brownsville-Haywood, TN star Emmit Gooden. Tide assistant Billy Napier was in Brownsville checking up on Gooden last week.
One member of the Tide’s 2015 signing class who doesn’t get much hype is linebacker Keaton Anderson of Florence. However, 6-1, 210-pound defender has all of the intangibles to be a key contributor for UA. Anderson is set to report to Tuscaloosa in less than a week.
Exciting rising junior QB Tate Martell of Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas was offered by Alabama this past week. See the forum.
Alabama’s baseball team knew it had made the SEC Tournament before it took the field for Saturday afternoon’s game against seventh-ranked Vandy at the Hoover Met. Thanks to Georgia’s 8-1 loss at home to Arkansas, the only question was whether the Crimson Tide would enter Tuesday’s play-in round as the 11th or 12th seed.
A pitcher with Greg Maddux-type stuff and a pair of home-run hitting high school and college teammates helped No. 5 Alabama advance to the NCAA Softball Tuscaloosa Regional finals, as the Tide handled 20th-ranked Washington 9-0 in five innings Saturday at Rhoads Stadium.
Richie Petitbon doesn’t plan to be outworked. It’s that mindset that the 6-4½, 300-pound offensive lineman from Gonzaga HS in Washington, D.C. plans to bring with him when he arrives in Tuscaloosa on May 24.
Alabama is in good shape with several top defensive line prospects for 2016. Here's a quick look at some them.
In a night that featured a pair of standout pitching performances, Alabama baseball would fall, 2-1, to Vanderbilt as Commodore starter Carson Fulmer tossed his third complete game of the season. With the loss, the Crimson Tide moves to 29-25 overall and 11-17 in conference play.
One of the most highly-anticipated newcomers this year is freshman wide receiver Calvin Ridley. The 6-1, 185-pound star from Monarch HS in Coconut Creek, Florida reports to UA on May 24.
Alabama extended an offer last week to highly-regarded running back Elijah Holyfield of Woodward Academy in College Park, GA. The 5-11, 205-pound Holyfield, one of the nation's hottest prospects for 2016, already had offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and USC, among others.
Earlier this week, Plano, Texas standout 2016 running back Brandon Stephens (6-1, 205, 4.5) added one of the nation's elite programs to his offer list when Alabama extended him an opportunity to play for the Crimson Tide.