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Tide Track & Field Turns in Strong Day at Samford Alabama Track Challenge...

on 3/24/2018 10:04:00 AM Click Here To Comment!
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The Alabama track & field teams saw a number of student-athletes make their outdoor debuts on Friday at the Samford Alabama Track Challenge in Birmingham, Ala.

On the track, freshman Tamara Clark led a Tide sweep of the top four spots in the women's 100 meters, crossing the line first in a personal-best time of 11.27. Fellow freshman Daija Lampkin was second at 11.44, which is also a personal best. 

Sophomore Takyera Roberson finished third at 11.76 and senior Olivia Fotopoulou was fourth in 11.82. In the women's 200 meters, sophomores Katie Funcheon (23.93), Hope Mazi (24.75) and senior Olivia Fotopoulou (24.99) were the top three collegiate finishers with Mazi establishing a new personal best with her time. 

Senior Kaitlin Walker won the 400-meter hurdles in a personal-best 59.09, which ranks as the No. 8 time in school history.

On the men's side, senior Ruebin Walters won the 110-meter hurdles in his first outing of the season in a time of 13.51. Freshman Dylan Scott won the 800 meters in 1:54.00 in his first outdoor collegiate race at that distance. 

In the 200 meters, junior Keitavious Walter (20.91) and sophomore Alize Ford (21.19) finished 1-2 with Ford recording a new personal best. Freshmen Paul Selden (8:57.29) and Nathan Gamble (8:59.38) finished second and third, respectively in their collegiate outdoor debuts in the 3,000 meters.

In the relays, the team of freshmen Lampkin, Clark, sophomore Symone Darius and Roberson won the women's 4x100-meter relay in a season-best 44.10. The women's 4x400-meter relay of Mazi, Darius, Funcheon and junior Jada Jackson finished first in a time of 3:45.46.

The Crimson Tide men's quartet of Ford, Walter, Walters and junior Skyler Bowden won the men's 4x100 in a time of 40.08 in their first outing of the season.

The Alabama women picked up three field event wins as junior Tianah List won the javelin with a throw of 161-7 (49.26), senior Britainy Smith was the top collegiate finisher in the pole vault with a UA season-best clearance of 13-1 ½ (4.00m) and freshman Jaimie Robinson won the long jump in her outdoor collegiate debut with a personal-best of 20-2 ¼ (6.15m).

Senior Danielle McConnell finished second in the hammer throw with a mark of 191-6 (58.36m). The throw is her second-best of the season. Junior Portious Warren finished third in the discus in her first outing of the season with a throw of 145-2 (44.24m). Junior Holly Julifs finished fourth at 141-3 (43.05m).

In the lone men's field event for the Tide on Friday, freshmen Jake Spotswood and Ryan Lipe finished third and fourth, respectively, in the pole vault. Spotswood cleared 17-0 ¾ (5.20m) while Lipe cleared 16-6 ¾ (5.05m). Spotswood's clearance equals the 10th-best in school history, giving the Daphne, Ala., native two UA top-10 vaults in the first two outdoor meets of his career.

Alabama will send a contingent of distance runners to the Stanford Invitational, March 30-31, in Palo Alto, Calif. The Tide's next full meet will be the team's lone home outing of the season, the Crimson Tide Invitational presented by Beynon Sports, April 6-7, at the Sam Bailey Track & Field Complex in Tuscaloosa.

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Alabama Gymnastics Set for 2018 SEC Championships...

on 3/24/2018 09:55:00 AM Click Here To Comment!
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With its final practice in the books following a 90-minute session on the podium Friday afternoon, the No. 3-seeded Alabama gymnastics team is set for Saturday's Southeastern Conference Championships in Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo.

"We adjusted well to the equipment today," UA head coach Dana Duckworth said. "There are a couple of things we're working on but we're ready for tomorrow and the opportunity to compete for a championship. The arena looks fabulous and we're excited to be on ESPN2 tomorrow."

This week's national rankings determine the seeding for Saturday's championships. No. 2 LSU (1), No. 5 Florida (2), No. 6 Alabama (3) and No. 8 Kentucky (4) are the top four seeds and will compete in the second session that begins at 6 p.m. CT.

The SEC's first session is comprised of No. 11 Arkansas (5), No. 16 Auburn (6), No. 18 Georgia (7) and No. 21 Missouri (8) and will start 2 p.m. CT.

The Crimson TIde will start the 2018 SEC Championships on the balance beam before advancing to the floor exercise and vault before finishing on the uneven bars.

Alabama has been seeded third at the SEC Championships the last four years and have come away with SEC titles in 2014 and 2015 and was runner-up in 2016.


•-Both sessions of the 2018 SEC Championships will be broadcast live, with the early session (2 p.m. CT) broadcast on the SEC Network and the late session (6 p.m. CT) on ESPN2.
•-In addition to broadcasting the second session of the SEC Championships live on ESPN2 starting at 6 p.m. CT, all four apparatus will have a live feed on SEC Network+ dedicated to it via 
• and the WatchESPN app. There will also be a quad -box feed that shows the action on all four apparatus at one time - All-Around, Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor.
•-Immediately following the meet, the SEC Network + will also provide coverage of the trophy ceremony.
•-Olympic medalists and ESPN gymnastic analysts Bart Conner and Kathy Johnson Clarke are calling the Championship, with reporting from Laura Rutledge.
•-Earlier on Friday, Crimson Tide senior Kiana Winston was named to the SEC Community Service Team.
•-This year marks the first time that the SEC championships have been held in St. Louis, though the NCAA Championships were held here in Chaifetz Arena in 2017.
•-Overall, Alabama has won nine SEC titles since 1988, including four of the last nine.
•-Alabama posted its 19th-consecutive top-3 finish at the 2017 SEC Championships and has finished in the top three at the SEC championships 34 times since 1981.
•-Alabama won two individual SEC titles in 2017. Senior Kiana Winston won the balance beam title while 2017 senior Katie Bailey won the uneven bars title.

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Tide Swimming and Diving Wins B Final of the 200 Medley Relay at NCAA's...

on 3/24/2018 09:31:00 AM Click Here To Comment!
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The Alabama swimming and diving team scored in a pair of races Friday night at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, including a ninth place finish in the 200 medley relay.

"We really finished strong tonight, coming back well from a disappointing morning," UA head coach Dennis Pursley said. "I was real proud of the character our guys displayed in making the most of their opportunities tonight."

Alabama remains in 12th place in the team standings after Friday's events with 61 points here in the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

"After this morning we thought we might slip in the rankings, but we were able to hold our spot," Pursley said. "Tomorrow will be a fight as we try and hold our place."

The 200 medley relay of senior Luke Kaliszak, junior Laurent Bams, sophomore Zane Waddell and junior Robert Howard combined to post a 1:23.71 and win the B final. In second place going into the last 50, Howard clocked a final leg of 18.51, the fastest of B final and fifth fastest among the 16 teams that made finals. The quartet shaved more than a second off its prelims time of 1:24.83.

"Bob has been consistent and dependable for us all week, swimming a lot of races and staying around his best times," Pursley said. 

"Tonight he had a big leg on that relay, coming from behind to get his hand on the wall first in a tight, tight race. He's got probably his best event tomorrow (100 freestyle) and we're hoping he can take another step forward."

After posting a career-best 45.35 in prelims, Waddell swam a 45.39 in finals to take fourth in the B final and 12th overall in the 100 backstroke.

In other prelims action, Kaliszak was 21st with a 46.17, while sophomore Christopher Staka took 28th with a 46.51 in the 100 backstroke. In the 200 freestyle, Howard posted a 1:34.42 to finish 23rd, while Bams was 38th In the 100 breaststroke with a 53.88.

The Crimson Tide returns to action this morning with the prelims of the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay. Prelims are slated to get underway at 10 a.m. CT on with finals set for 6 p.m. CT.

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Explosive Offense Leads Alabama Softball to 13-1 Win Over Ole Miss Friday...

on 3/24/2018 08:53:00 AM Click Here To Comment!

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The Alabama softball offense was explosive in its SEC home opener Friday against Ole Miss, defeating the Rebels 13-1 in five innings.

"It started with Bailey [Hemphill] coming back after they scored in the first with a home run in the bottom half," UA head coach Patrick Murphy said. 

"It kind of snowballed from there. Everybody in the starting lineup got at least one hit. I was really pleased with everyone. You can go up and down the lineup; everyone did well."

The 13 runs scored ties a season high for Alabama (21-7, 2-2 SEC) and the run total is the most scored by the Crimson Tide in an SEC game since scoring 16 vs. Missouri on March 28, 2016. Ole Miss (15-11, 1-6 SEC) took the first lead of the game in the top of the first but a solo home run by sophomore Bailey Hemphill in the bottom-half of the inning tied it before a four-run third and eight-run fourth put the game away. 

Sophomore Elissa Brown set the tone at the leadoff spot, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Senior Demi Turner and junior Reagan Dykes each had multi-hit efforts, combining to drive in three runs, and senior Sydney Booker blasted her first home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fourth inning. In the circle, junior Courtney Gettins (9-2) allowed just the one run on four hits over 5.0 innings.

Ole Miss started the top of the first with back-to-back hits and a walk to quickly load the bases. A fly ball to right field was dropped, allowing everyone to move up with the score now 1-0 after the error. Gettins and the Tide defense bounced back with a trio of popups to limit the damage and get out of the half-inning facing a one-run deficit.

Hemphill tied the game up in the bottom of the first with a two-out solo home run. After an eight-pitch top of the second, Alabama would put two on with one out in the bottom half but ultimately could not break the 1-1 tie.

With sophomore Claire Jenkins on first base after a throwing error to lead off the bottom of the third, Brown laid down a bunt single but a wild throw ended up in the outfield, allowing Jenkins and Brown both to score on the error and give Alabama a 3-1 lead. 

A hit from freshman Kaylee Tow and a walk to Hemphill put two on and, with senior Rachel Bobo pinch-running at second, sophomore Gabby Callaway drove her home on an RBI single up the middle to stretch the lead to 4-1. 

That ended Tillmann's start in the circle as junior Brittany Finney entered with two in scoring position and nobody out. A fly ball in foul territory allowed Hemphill to tag up and score from third on a sacrifice fly to extend it to 5-1 before a groundout ended the inning.

Jenkins led off the bottom of the fourth with a double and Brown followed that with an RBI triple in the gap to make it 6-1. Later with two on and one out, an unsuccessful throw home on a groundout allowed Tow to score from third and make it 7-1 before a double from junior Merris Schroder added another to stretch it to 8-1 as Ole Miss made another pitching change. 

Turner welcomed her to the game with an RBI single through the left side as Alabama improved its lead to 9-1. Dykes tacked on another with an RBI single and Booker blew the game wide open with a three-run home run to increase the lead to 13-1 with still just one out. A pair of fly balls finally ended the big inning with the Tide taking a 12-run lead to the fifth inning.

After two quick outs to start the bottom of the fifth, Ole Miss loaded the bases on a pair of hits and an error. A strikeout looking ended the game as the Rebels stranded the bases loaded with the Tide claiming the 13-1 win in five innings.

The three-game series continues today, set for a 2 p.m. CT first pitch.

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Baseball Falls in Series Opener at Tennessee, 5-4...

on 3/24/2018 08:48:00 AM Click Here To Comment!

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Alabama baseball suffered a 5-4 loss to Tennessee on Friday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, as the Volunteers walked it off in the ninth. The Crimson Tide is now 16-7 overall and 1-3 in league play following the series-opening matchup.

"Tonight was a very competitive game that could have gone either way," said Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon. "Unfortunately, Tennessee made a few more plays down the stretch that enabled them to come out on top. I'm very proud of the way our kids competed, and I expect the next two games of the series to be very similar to tonight."

In a game that featured three lead changes and two ties, Tennessee was able to come out on top. The Crimson Tide had the winning run in scoring position in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings but could not cross the go-ahead score. 

The bottom of the ninth saw the Volunteers draw a two-out walk followed by a costly Tide miscue to extend the inning. One more walk loaded the bases before the inning's final free pass crossed the winning run for Tennessee.

The Volunteers jumped out to an early 1-0 advantage after one. Three consecutive two-out singles brought a run across for UT to give them the lead. Tennessee added another tally in the bottom of the fourth to go ahead by two. Back-to-back one-out singles followed by a double brought in the Vols' second run, making it 2-0 through four.

In the top of the fifth, Alabama took its first lead of the night with three runs on as many hits to set the score at 3-2. Junior Matt Malkin led off the inning with a double to right before a 4-3 groundout in the next at-bat moved him into scoring position. 

One out later, senior Chandler Avant recorded his team-leading 10th double of the season, scoring Malkin for UA's first run of the night. Junior Chandler Taylor took advantage of his opportunity in the next at-bat, singling to center to bring in Avant and even the score up. A stolen base, passed ball and then a wild pitch advanced Taylor station-to-station, eventually crossing him for the go-ahead run.

The Volunteers countered in the bottom of the fifth, tying things up at 3-3 before UT regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth with one more run.

In the top of the eighth, Alabama evened things up again, this time at 4-4. A one-out walk for Keith Holcombe gave the Tide a baserunner. A wild pitch moved Holcombe to second and an errant throw on the play went into center, allowing the junior to move up to third. A walk followed by another out brought Malkin to the plate. 

The junior delivered a single to center to bring in the tying run and make things even heading to the ninth, where Tennessee would go on to clinch the win. Junior Deacon Medders (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing one unearned run on six walks.

The two teams return to the diamond tomorrow evening for a 5 p.m. CT first pitch in Knoxville. The Crimson Tide will send senior right-hander Jake Walters to the mound while the Volunteers counter with sophomore righty Garrett Stallings. The game will air nationally on SEC Network.

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A Crimson Tide Injured Player's updates...

on 3/23/2018 12:36:00 PM Click Here To Comment!
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Updates on five Crimson Tide player's for Spring Practice and the A-Day game...

Of course this doesn't include Tua Tagovailoa’s hand injury!

The worst possible thing for the Crimson Tide occurred during the opening practice of the spring for Alabama this week as rising sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered an injury and had to be taken to a nearby hospital.

While that sounds dramatic, Tagovailoa has already returned to the practice field, albeit with a cast on his throwing hand.

That’s the good news, as the injury must not be too severe if the team is willing to have him out on the field for some non-contact work.

So what exactly happened to Tagovailoa? According to the father of the Alabama quarterback, his son suffered broken index finger...

When asked for a comment, Tagovailoa’s father Galu had this to say:

“I asked how his hand was, and he said God is good and that the Holy Spirit is healing his hand.”

Considering he’s back on the field in a limited capacity, it appears the healing process is going well, and Tua won’t be held out of any meaningful action due to this minor injury.

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