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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Alabama senior All-American Remona Burchell blazed to her second NCAA 60-meter dash championship Saturday night in Fayetteville, Ark., posting a time of 7.12 seconds. With the win, she became Alabama's first repeat NCAA individual champion.

"Remona continued an amazing senior season tonight with another championship, adding to her legacy as the fastest collegian in history at 60-meters," UA head coach Dan Waters said.

Burchell, who set the collegiate record at 7.08 during last month's Southeastern Conference Championships, bettered the rest of the field Saturday night by .09 of a second. USC's Ky Westbrook clocked a 7.21 for second place while Jasmine Todd of Oregon was third at 7.22. Burchell's 7.12 in finals marked the sixth-fastest 60-meter time in collegiate history and third-fastest in school history.

Sophomore Lakan Taylor also earned All-America honors on the championships' final day, taking sixth in the pole vault by clearing a height of 14 feet, 1¼ inches.

"Lakan's performance was another highlight for us," Waters said. "She was resilient, coming back after a few missed attempts to take sixth place."

On the men's side of the meet, both Alex Amankwah and Jeremiah Green competed in event finals on the final day of the championships. Amankwah took sixth in the finals of the 800 meters with a time of 1:48.03, earning All-America honors. Green was ninth in the triple jump, leaping 52 feet, 2 inches on his second attempt.

The Crimson Tide women finished 17th in the team standings with 13 points, while the Tide men took 38th with five points. Arkansas won the women's team title with 63 points while Oregon took the men's crown with 74 points.

Get the latest information on the Crimson Tide track & field team by following @AlabamaTrack on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

SATURDAY'S EVENT SUMMARIES
WOMEN'S 60-METER DASH -FINALS
(Remona Burchell)
After finishing out of the top spot for the first time this season in the 60-meter race during Friday's semifinals of the 60-meter dash, senior Remona Burchell blazed to her second consecutive NCAA 60 title with a time of 7.12 seconds, the sixth-fastest time in collegiate history. Burchell finished nearly a tenth of a second ahead of the field for the win. USC's Ky Westbrook clocked a 7.21 for second place while Jasmine Todd of Oregon was third with a 7.22. Burchell's time ranked as the sixth-fastest in collegiate history and gives her three of the 10 fastest times in collegiate history, including the collegiate record (7.08) and the fifth- (7.11) and sixth-fastest times (7.12).

WOMEN'S POLE VAULT - FINALS
(Lakan Taylor)
Sophomore Lakan Taylor grabbed sixth place in the pole vault with the second-best clearance of her career, 14-feet, 1 ¼ inches (4.29m), earning All-America honors in the process. Taylor's jump was one half inch off her season and career-best mark of 14-fee, 1¾ inches. Arkansas senior Sandi Morris won the pole vault with a leap of 15-1 followed in second by Duke's Megan Clark (14-9) and Illinois' Stephanie Richartz (14-7¼). Taylor cleared the first height, 13-5¼ on her first attempt and the second height of 13-9¼ on her third attempt. After clearing the third height of 14-1¼ on her second attempt, she missed three attempts at 14-3¼.

MEN'S TRIPLE JUMP - FINALS
(Jeremiah Green)
Sophomore Jeremiah Green earned a spot in the finals of the triple jump, taking ninth overall with a leap of 52 feet, 2 inches (15.90m). Florida senior Marquis Dendy won the NCAA title with a jump of 57-0, while Eastern Michigan's Donald Scott (55-3) and Louisville's Ben Williams (54-2¾) took second and third, respectively. Green's best jump, 52-2, came on his second attempt. He was over 50 feet on all four of his legal jumps and he fouled jumps three and six.

MEN'S 800-METER - FINAL
(Alex Amankwah)
Junior Alex Amankwah shaved a hundredth of a second off his semifinals time, posting a 1:48.03, to take sixth place in the 800-meter final, earning All-American honors in the process. Iowa State's Edward Kemboi won the NCAA title in 1:46.05 and was followed by Monmouth's Dylan Capwell (1:46.70) and Akron's Clayton Murphy (1:47.06) in second and third, respectively. The school record holder in the 800m with a 1:46.86 earlier this season, Amankwah's time in the NCAA finals ranks fourth all time at Alabama. He also holds five of the 10 fastest 800-meter times in school history.

MEN'S HIGH JUMP - FINAL
(Justin Fondren)
Sixteen competitors went at it in the men's high jump competition. Alabama junior Justin Fondren took 12th overall. Fondren's best mark of the day was seven feet, 1/4-inch (2.15 meters). Texas Tech senior Jacorian Duffield won the NCAA title with a jump of 7-6 (2.29 m). Fondren cleared the first two heights, 6-10¾ and 7-0½, on his first attempt, but missed three attempts at 7-2½.

MEN'S 4X400-METER RELAY - FINAL
(Steven Gayle, Cameron Hudson,Quincy Smith, Alex Amankwah)
Steven Gayle, Cameron Hudson, Quincy Smith and Alex Amankwah finished fourth in the second heat of the 4x400-meter relay and 10th overall after posting a time of 3:08.75. Texas A&M's quartet won the national title in 3:02.86 while Nebraska and Texas took second and third.

2015 NCAA Indoor Championships
Day 2 - Saturday, March 14, 2015
Alabama Results

MEN
800 (Final) - 6. Alex Amankwah, 1:48.03
Triple Jump (Final) - 9. Jeremiah Green, 52-2 (15.90m)
High Jump (Final) - 12. Justin Fondren, 7-0½ (2.15m)
4x400-meter (Final) - 10. Alabama (Steven Gayle, Cameron Hudson, Quincy Smith, Alex Amankwah), 3:08.75

WOMEN
60 (Final) - 1. Remona Burchell, 7.12.
Pole Vault (Final) - 6. Lakan Taylor, 14-1¼ (4.29m)


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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Alabama senior All-American Remona Burchell blazed to her second NCAA 60-meter dash championship Saturday night in Fayetteville, Ark., posting a time of 7.12 seconds. With the win, she became Alabama’s first repeat NCAA individual champion.

“Remona continued an amazing senior season tonight with another championship, adding to her legacy as the fastest collegian in history at 60-meters,” UA head coach Dan Waters said.

Burchell, who set the collegiate record at 7.08 during last month’s Southeastern Conference Championships, bettered the rest of the field Saturday night by .09 of a second. USC’s Ky Westbrook clocked a 7.21 for second place while Jasmine Todd of Oregon was third at 7.22. Burchell’s 7.12 in finals marked the sixth-fastest 60-meter time in collegiate history and third-fastest in school history.

Sophomore Lakan Taylor also earned All-America honors on the championships’ final day, taking sixth in the pole vault by clearing a height of 14 feet, 1¼ inches.

“Lakan’s performance was another highlight for us,” Waters said. “She was resilient, coming back after a few missed attempts to take sixth place.”

On the men’s side of the meet, both Alex Amankwah and Jeremiah Green competed in event finals on the final day of the championships. Amankwah took sixth in the finals of the 800 meters with a time of 1:48.03, earning All-America honors. Green was ninth in the triple jump, leaping 52 feet, 2 inches on his second attempt.

The Crimson Tide women finished 17th in the team standings with 13 points, while the Tide men took 38th with five points. Arkansas won the women’s team title with 63 points while Oregon took the men’s crown with 74 points.

Get the latest information on the Crimson Tide track & field team by following @AlabamaTrack on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

SATURDAY’S EVENT SUMMARIES
WOMEN’S 60-METER DASH -FINALS
(Remona Burchell)
After finishing out of the top spot for the first time this season in the 60-meter race during Friday’s semifinals of the 60-meter dash, senior Remona Burchell blazed to her second consecutive NCAA 60 title with a time of 7.12 seconds, the sixth-fastest time in collegiate history. Burchell finished nearly a tenth of a second ahead of the field for the win. USC’s Ky Westbrook clocked a 7.21 for second place while Jasmine Todd of Oregon was third with a 7.22. Burchell’s time ranked as the sixth-fastest in collegiate history and gives her three of the 10 fastest times in collegiate history, including the collegiate record (7.08) and the fifth- (7.11) and sixth-fastest times (7.12).

WOMEN’S POLE VAULT – FINALS
(Lakan Taylor)
Sophomore Lakan Taylor grabbed sixth place in the pole vault with the second-best clearance of her career, 14-feet, 1 ¼ inches (4.29m), earning All-America honors in the process. Taylor’s jump was one half inch off her season and career-best mark of 14-fee, 1¾ inches. Arkansas senior Sandi Morris won the pole vault with a leap of 15-1 followed in second by Duke’s Megan Clark (14-9) and Illinois’ Stephanie Richartz (14-7¼). Taylor cleared the first height, 13-5¼ on her first attempt and the second height of 13-9¼ on her third attempt. After clearing the third height of 14-1¼ on her second attempt, she missed three attempts at 14-3¼.

MEN’S TRIPLE JUMP – FINALS
(Jeremiah Green)
Sophomore Jeremiah Green earned a spot in the finals of the triple jump, taking ninth overall with a leap of 52 feet, 2 inches (15.90m). Florida senior Marquis Dendy won the NCAA title with a jump of 57-0, while Eastern Michigan’s Donald Scott (55-3) and Louisville’s Ben Williams (54-2¾) took second and third, respectively. Green’s best jump, 52-2, came on his second attempt. He was over 50 feet on all four of his legal jumps and he fouled jumps three and six.

MEN’S 800-METER – FINAL
(Alex Amankwah)
Junior Alex Amankwah shaved a hundredth of a second off his semifinals time, posting a 1:48.03, to take sixth place in the 800-meter final, earning All-American honors in the process. Iowa State’s Edward Kemboi won the NCAA title in 1:46.05 and was followed by Monmouth’s Dylan Capwell (1:46.70) and Akron’s Clayton Murphy (1:47.06) in second and third, respectively. The school record holder in the 800m with a 1:46.86 earlier this season, Amankwah’s time in the NCAA finals ranks fourth all time at Alabama. He also holds five of the 10 fastest 800-meter times in school history.

MEN’S HIGH JUMP – FINAL
(Justin Fondren)
Sixteen competitors went at it in the men’s high jump competition. Alabama junior Justin Fondren took 12th overall. Fondren’s best mark of the day was seven feet, 1/4-inch (2.15 meters). Texas Tech senior Jacorian Duffield won the NCAA title with a jump of 7-6 (2.29 m). Fondren cleared the first two heights, 6-10¾ and 7-0½, on his first attempt, but missed three attempts at 7-2½.

MEN’S 4X400-METER RELAY – FINAL
(Steven Gayle, Cameron Hudson,Quincy Smith, Alex Amankwah)
Steven Gayle, Cameron Hudson, Quincy Smith and Alex Amankwah finished fourth in the second heat of the 4×400-meter relay and 10th overall after posting a time of 3:08.75. Texas A&M’s quartet won the national title in 3:02.86 while Nebraska and Texas took second and third.

2015 NCAA Indoor Championships
Day 2 – Saturday, March 14, 2015
Alabama Results

MEN
800 (Final) – 6. Alex Amankwah, 1:48.03
Triple Jump (Final) – 9. Jeremiah Green, 52-2 (15.90m)
High Jump (Final) – 12. Justin Fondren, 7-0½ (2.15m)
4×400-meter (Final) – 10. Alabama (Steven Gayle, Cameron Hudson, Quincy Smith, Alex Amankwah), 3:08.75

WOMEN
60 (Final) – 1. Remona Burchell, 7.12.
Pole Vault (Final) – 6. Lakan Taylor, 14-1¼ (4.29m)


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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - Alabama rowing opened its spring season on Saturday at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational on Melton Hill Lake. The Crimson Tide boats competed in two separate sessions on Saturday, including an exciting finish in the 2nd Varsity 4.

The day’s events were highlighted by an exciting finish in the 2nd Varsity 4, as the Crimson Tide defeated conference rival Tennessee by over 14 second and edged past Minnesota late to place second. Alabama’s boats each competed in separate morning and afternoon sessions, with each boat improving in the afternoon from its morning time.

Full results from Saturday are listed below. Events on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge conclude tomorrow.

SATURDAY RESULTS
3rd Varsity / 1st Novice 8

A.M. – 3rd – 6:33.427

P.M. – 3rd – 6:29.258 (Shannon Sweatt, Jackie Guezille, Tayla Cabana, Amanda Oliver, Margaret Shulz, Lindsey Taylor, Anne Lehman, Hannah Franklin, Gina Lupo)

P.M. – 2nd (A) – 6:32.445 (Shannon Sweatt, Jackie Guezille, Tayla Cabana, Amanda Oliver, Margaret Shulz, Lindsey Taylor, Anne Lehman, Hannah Franklin, Gina Lupo)

P.M. – 3rd (B) – 6:53.059 (Taylor Hendri, Hannah Gammon, Katie Guezille, Hannah Kirven, Breana Adams, Emilee Bowles, Lydia Blount, Julie Leonard, Kaitlin Burnash)

2nd Varsity 4
A.M. – 4th – 7:09.278 (Erin Hayes, Megahan Hampton, Erin Delaney, Olivia Miller, Melissa Etter)

P.M. – 2nd – 6:54.007 (Erin Hayes, Courtney Atkinson, Rachel Palmer, Olivia Miller, Melissa Etter)

4th Varsity 8 / 2nd Novice 8

A.M. – 2nd – 6:52.947 (Taylor Hendri, Hannah Gammon, Katie Guezille, Hannah Kirven, Breana Adams, Emilee Bowles, Lydia Blount, Julie Leonard, Kaitlin Burnash)

1st Varsity 4
A.M. – 4th – 7:13.434 (Emily Navin, Nura Hussein, Allie Pospisil, Courtney Atkinson, Rachel Palmer)

A.M. – 4th – 7:08.348 (Elizabeth Van Zandt, Nura Hussein, Allie Pospisil, Megahan Hampton, Erin Delaney)

1st Varsity 8
A.M. – 4th – 6:21.828 (Elizabeth VanZandt, Olivia Dennis, Maureen Purcell, Marageret Gillespie, Nicole Lane, Madeline Kuntz, Abby Marks, Jennifer Parker, Caitlin O’Neil)

A.M. – 4th – 6:18.802 (Zoe Lynch, Olivia Dennis, Maureen Purcell, Margaret Gillespie, Nicole Lane, Madeline Kuntz, Abby Marks, Jennifer Parker, Caitlin O’Neil)

2nd Varsity 8
A.M. – 3rd – 6:25.074 (Zoe Lynch, Ashley Allison, Joyce Auguste, Alyssa Drevenak, Abi Palmer, Charlotte Adkins, Ali Smith, Leslie Feriozzi, Logan O’Neil)

P.M. – 4th – 6:29.253 (Emily Navin, Ashley Allison, Joyce Auguste, Alyssa Drevenak, Abi Palmer, Charlotte Adkins, Ali Smith, Leslie Feriozzi, Logan O’Neil)



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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Alabama senior Remona Burchell blazed to her second NCAA 60-meter championship Saturday night in Fayetteville after posting a time of 7.12. With the win, she becomes Alabama's first repeat NCAA individual champion.

Burchell, who set the collegiate record at 7.08 at last month's Southeastern Conference Championships bettered the rest of the field by 9/100ths of a second. USC's Ky Westbrook clocked a 7.21 for second place while Jasmine Todd of Oregon was third with a 7.22.

Burchell's 7.12 in finals marks the third fastest 60m time in school history and gives her the six fastest times in Crimson Tide history and eight of the top 10.


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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –
Alabama senior Remona Burchell blazed to her second NCAA 60-meter championship Saturday night in Fayetteville after posting a time of 7.12. With the win, she becomes Alabama’s first repeat NCAA individual champion.

Burchell, who set the collegiate record at 7.08 at last month’s Southeastern Conference Championships bettered the rest of the field by 9/100ths of a second. USC’s Ky Westbrook clocked a 7.21 for second place while Jasmine Todd of Oregon was third with a 7.22.

Burchell’s 7.12 in finals marks the third fastest 60m time in school history and gives her the six fastest times in Crimson Tide history and eight of the top 10.



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STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Alabama baseball team split its doubleheader with Mississippi State on Saturday inside Dudy Noble Field. The Crimson Tide claimed a 10-5 victory in game one thanks to­­­ an eight-run eighth inning. The Tide would then come up short, 4-1 in the nightcap of the twinbill. Following today's games, Alabama moves to 10-7 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

GAME ONE
With two down in the top of the eighth, four singles, a home run, two hit-by-pitch and two walks helped Alabama compile eight runs in the inning. The rally started with a J.C. Wilhite single and a Mikey White three-run homer highlighted the scoring for the Crimson Tide.

"Our guys continued to compete throughout the ballgame," said Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard. "(Taylor) Guilbeau grinded it out, and then the bullpen kept us in striking distance to get the win. We had the big inning in the eighth, where a lot of guys stepped up and contributed, and that collective effort to score runs was the key to the game."

The Tide offense was led by White's 3-for-4 day, with the junior also contributing three RBI and three runs scored. Wilhite added multiple hits as well, finishing 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. All 10 of Alabama's runs came with two outs for the afternoon, and the Tide was able to overcome a season-high 12 walks allowed to claim the victory.

The Crimson Tide kicked off the scoring, putting up a two spot in the top of the fourth. A one-out single from White started the rally, and then a walk from Casey Hughston put two on. With two down, Wilhite came through with a single to left that plated White from second and moved Hughston up to take his spot. In the very next at-bat, Chance Vincent roped a liner to left-center field to add one more for the Tide and set the lead at 2-0.

Mississippi State worked the score back to even after scoring one apiece in the fourth and fifth innings. The Bulldogs would then add two in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a timely double with runners on second and third to go ahead 4-2.

Alabama did not sit by idly and would collect eight runs in the eighth frame. A two-out single from Wilhite started the rally, Vincent was hit by a pitch and then both players advanced a base on a passed ball. Will Haynie stepped in with two in scoring position and delivered a bloop single to left off the handle of his bat to score both runners. Riley Colburn walked and then Chandler Avant was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Georgie Salem. A single to center by Salem would add two more and force a pitching change. White would welcome the new pitcher with a three-run bomb to left field that gave Alabama its final three tallies of the night and set the score at 10-5, the eventual final.

GAME TWO
Alabama could not string together hits against Mississippi State's starter Austin Sexton, who tossed a complete game for the Bulldogs. The Tide pitching staff issued seven walks in the contest that helped State collect four runs for the win.

UA's offensive effort was led by Casey Hughston, who finished the night 1-for-4 with a solo home run and the team's lone RBI. Eight of Alabama's 10 batters recorded a hit on the evening, but no one was able to collect more than one in the game.

Mississippi State was first on the board in the nightcap, scoring two runs on two hits in the third frame. The Bulldogs started the inning with a single and a walk, then a double down the line in right added the first tally. Two batters later, a sacrifice fly to left field helped bring the second score across and end the inning at 2-0.

The Bulldogs would add one more in the next inning, using a leadoff single and a stolen base to get a runner in scoring position. The leadoff man would come to cross one batter later on a single to left-center field, setting the score at 3-0 through four innings of play.

Hughston used one swing of the bat to give Alabama its first run of the night in the Tide's half of the sixth. The sophomore sent a laser liner over the right field wall, a solo shot, to set the score at 3-1. Alabama would get no closer, however, as Mississippi State would tack on one more run in the seventh and close out the game at 4-1.

"After today's split, our guys have to keep focus and come out with the right mindset to give ourselves the opportunity to win the series tomorrow," Gaspard added. "Any time you have a chance to win a series on the road in SEC play, you have to take advantage of it."

Alabama and Mississippi State will meet for the rubber match on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. The Crimson Tide will throw sophomore righty Geoffrey Bramblett while the Bulldogs will counter with sophomore southpaw Vance Tatum.

Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaBSB on Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook at Alabama Baseball. General athletic news can be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

ALABAMA POSTGAME NOTES

  • Alabama issued a season-high 12 walks in game one, the most a Crimson Tide pitching staff has allowed in a contest since March 16, 2012. In that game at Arkansas, the two teams played 11.2 innings.

  • Taylor Guilbeau issued a career-high seven walks in his start in the day's first contest.

  • Will Carter issued a career-high six walks in his start in the day's second contest.

  • All 10 of Alabama's runs in the first contest came with two outs.

  • Eight of the Tide's nine hitters recorded at least one hit and one run in game one.

  • Four of Alabama's nine starters recorded two or more RBI in the first game.

  • Eight of the Tide's 10 hitters recorded at least one hit in game two.

  • Casey Hughston recorded one hit in each game to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 17 games on the season.

  • He also extended his hitting streak to eight games. Over those eight contests, the sophomore is hitting .367 (11-30) with four doubles, one triple, a home run, six RBI, three runs scored, three walks and four stolen bases.

  • Hughston has now recorded an RBI in 12 of the Tide's 17 contests this season.

  • Mikey White recorded a home run in the first game and finished the first game 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. In the second game, White went 1-for-3 with a walk.

  • Over his last 12 games, White is batting .429 (18-42) with seven doubles, three triples, two home runs, 13 RBI, 16 runs scored, five walks, a HBP and a stolen base.

  • White has recorded at least one RBI in eight of his last 11 games, including multi-RBI efforts in three of those games.


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STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Alabama baseball team split its doubleheader with Mississippi State on Saturday inside Dudy Noble Field. The Crimson Tide claimed a 10-5 victory in game one thanks to­­­ an eight-run eighth inning. The Tide would then come up short, 4-1 in the nightcap of the twinbill. Following today’s games, Alabama moves to 10-7 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

GAME ONE
With two down in the top of the eighth, four singles, a home run, two hit-by-pitch and two walks helped Alabama compile eight runs in the inning. The rally started with a J.C. Wilhite single and a Mikey White three-run homer highlighted the scoring for the Crimson Tide.

“Our guys continued to compete throughout the ballgame,” said Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard. “(Taylor) Guilbeau grinded it out, and then the bullpen kept us in striking distance to get the win. We had the big inning in the eighth, where a lot of guys stepped up and contributed, and that collective effort to score runs was the key to the game.”

The Tide offense was led by White’s 3-for-4 day, with the junior also contributing three RBI and three runs scored. Wilhite added multiple hits as well, finishing 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. All 10 of Alabama’s runs came with two outs for the afternoon, and the Tide was able to overcome a season-high 12 walks allowed to claim the victory.

The Crimson Tide kicked off the scoring, putting up a two spot in the top of the fourth. A one-out single from White started the rally, and then a walk from Casey Hughston put two on. With two down, Wilhite came through with a single to left that plated White from second and moved Hughston up to take his spot. In the very next at-bat, Chance Vincent roped a liner to left-center field to add one more for the Tide and set the lead at 2-0.

Mississippi State worked the score back to even after scoring one apiece in the fourth and fifth innings. The Bulldogs would then add two in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a timely double with runners on second and third to go ahead 4-2.

Alabama did not sit by idly and would collect eight runs in the eighth frame. A two-out single from Wilhite started the rally, Vincent was hit by a pitch and then both players advanced a base on a passed ball. Will Haynie stepped in with two in scoring position and delivered a bloop single to left off the handle of his bat to score both runners. Riley Colburn walked and then Chandler Avant was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Georgie Salem. A single to center by Salem would add two more and force a pitching change. White would welcome the new pitcher with a three-run bomb to left field that gave Alabama its final three tallies of the night and set the score at 10-5, the eventual final.

GAME TWO
Alabama could not string together hits against Mississippi State’s starter Austin Sexton, who tossed a complete game for the Bulldogs. The Tide pitching staff issued seven walks in the contest that helped State collect four runs for the win.

UA’s offensive effort was led by Casey Hughston, who finished the night 1-for-4 with a solo home run and the team’s lone RBI. Eight of Alabama’s 10 batters recorded a hit on the evening, but no one was able to collect more than one in the game.

Mississippi State was first on the board in the nightcap, scoring two runs on two hits in the third frame. The Bulldogs started the inning with a single and a walk, then a double down the line in right added the first tally. Two batters later, a sacrifice fly to left field helped bring the second score across and end the inning at 2-0.

The Bulldogs would add one more in the next inning, using a leadoff single and a stolen base to get a runner in scoring position. The leadoff man would come to cross one batter later on a single to left-center field, setting the score at 3-0 through four innings of play.

Hughston used one swing of the bat to give Alabama its first run of the night in the Tide’s half of the sixth. The sophomore sent a laser liner over the right field wall, a solo shot, to set the score at 3-1. Alabama would get no closer, however, as Mississippi State would tack on one more run in the seventh and close out the game at 4-1.

“After today’s split, our guys have to keep focus and come out with the right mindset to give ourselves the opportunity to win the series tomorrow,” Gaspard added. “Any time you have a chance to win a series on the road in SEC play, you have to take advantage of it.”

Alabama and Mississippi State will meet for the rubber match on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. The Crimson Tide will throw sophomore righty Geoffrey Bramblett while the Bulldogs will counter with sophomore southpaw Vance Tatum.

Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaBSB on Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook at Alabama Baseball. General athletic news can be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

ALABAMA POSTGAME NOTES

  • Alabama issued a season-high 12 walks in game one, the most a Crimson Tide pitching staff has allowed in a contest since March 16, 2012. In that game at Arkansas, the two teams played 11.2 innings.

  • Taylor Guilbeau issued a career-high seven walks in his start in the day’s first contest.

  • Will Carter issued a career-high six walks in his start in the day’s second contest.

  • All 10 of Alabama’s runs in the first contest came with two outs.

  • Eight of the Tide’s nine hitters recorded at least one hit and one run in game one.

  • Four of Alabama’s nine starters recorded two or more RBI in the first game.

  • Eight of the Tide’s 10 hitters recorded at least one hit in game two.

  • Casey Hughston recorded one hit in each game to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 17 games on the season.

  • He also extended his hitting streak to eight games. Over those eight contests, the sophomore is hitting .367 (11-30) with four doubles, one triple, a home run, six RBI, three runs scored, three walks and four stolen bases.

  • Hughston has now recorded an RBI in 12 of the Tide’s 17 contests this season.

  • Mikey White recorded a home run in the first game and finished the first game 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. In the second game, White went 1-for-3 with a walk.

  • Over his last 12 games, White is batting .429 (18-42) with seven doubles, three triples, two home runs, 13 RBI, 16 runs scored, five walks, a HBP and a stolen base.

  • White has recorded at least one RBI in eight of his last 11 games, including multi-RBI efforts in three of those games.


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ATHENS, Ga. - Both fifth-ranked Alabama and eighth-ranked Georgia fashioned comeback victories in Saturday’s doubleheader, with the Crimson Tide taking game one, 7-4, in extra innings while the Bulldogs rallied to win game two, 7-6, on a walk-off RBI single.

Alabama (19-3, 4-0 SEC) rallied to win game one, overcoming a 4-3 deficit in the seventh inning to tie the game and eventually earn the win in extra innings. Georgia (23-4, 2-2 SEC) followed a similar script in the second game, chipping away at the Crimson Tide’s lead before finally breaking through in the seventh inning to win in walk-off fashion.

Between the two games, Marisa Runyon went 5-8 including two doubles and a home run. Demi Turner went 4-9 out of the two-hole including her go-ahead home run in extra innings in game one.

GAME ONE: ALABAMA 7, GEORGIA 4 (9 INNINGS)
Trailing 4-3 in the top of the seventh inning, Alabama would go on to score four unanswered runs, taking the 7-4 comeback victory in extra innings over Georgia to open the weekend series.

The late comeback was led by freshman Turner with a pair of clutch late at-bats to tie it in the seventh inning and take a lead in the top of the ninth. Danae Hays went 3-4 from the plate, finishing a home run shy of the cycle, while Leona Lafaele drove in two runs on a two-run homer in the fourth inning. After giving up a solo homer in the top of the fourth, starter Alexis Osorio (7-2) would go on to retire 18 straight batters to close out the complete game victory, striking out eight with zero walks.

Georgia held the Tide at bay for the majority of regulation, but starter Chelsea Wilkinson (13-4) was tagged for some late runs as she took the loss in the complete game effort. Paige Wilson led the offense with a 2-4 performance including a solo home run.

With two in scoring position in the bottom of the first, Georgia’s Alex Hugo battled through a lengthy at-bat and launched a high fly ball to center field, just missing a home run as Haylie McCleney caught it on the warning track. The ball was deep enough to allow the runner at third to tag up and score on the sacrifice fly. Demi Turner made a great diving catch in the infield to end the inning and limit the damage to just one run.

Chandler Dare led off the top of the third with a double and advanced to third base on a fly ball by McCleney. Turner followed with a slow grounder to the shortstop as they tried to throw Dare out at home but she slid under the tag to tie it at 1-1 while Turner was safe at first base on the fielder’s choice RBI. Turner stole second but was later caught trying to steal third to end the half-inning with the score tied at 1-1.

Georgia retook the lead in the bottom of the third, as Paige Wilson pulled an RBI single through the right side to score one and make it 2-1. Hugo followed that with a high fly ball to center field, earning her second sacrifice fly of the day to extend the Bulldogs’ lead to 3-1.

In the top of the fourth, Danae Hays reached on a one-out double and Leona Lafaele cleared the bases with a line drive homer to left field, tying the game at 3-3. Georgia immediately answered in the bottom half, as Anna Swafford led of the half-inning with a towering solo homer run to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead.

Osorio would retire nine straight Bulldogs following the solo home run as the score remained the same heading to the top of the seventh. Lafaele was hit by the first pitch of the inning as Andrea Hawkins entered to pinch run for her at first. Hawkins was sacrificed into scoring position by Kallie Case in the next at-bat and Hawkins made it to third on a groundout, putting the potential tying run 60 feet away with two out. McCleney was intentionally walked and immediately stole second base to put two in scoring position. Turner hit a rocket single down the third base line as Wilson was able to knock it down but was unable to get an out on the play as Hawkins crossed the plate to tie it up at 4-4.

Osorio made it 12 straight batters retired as she sat down the Bulldogs in order in the seventh, forcing extra innings. Runyon led off the half-inning with a double and Hays followed that with a single to right field, though Sydni Emanuel was able to get the ball quickly, holding Runyon at third. Lafaele hit a slow roller back to the pitcher and Runyon was caught in a rundown between third and home for the second out of the inning and a fly ball in foul territory went for out number three as the Tide couldn’t take the lead in the top of the eighth.

With two outs in the top of the ninth, Turner muscled two-out solo homer into right field to give the Tide a 5-4 lead and Jadyn Spencer followed that with another solo homer to center field, stretching the lead to 6-4. Hays put another run on the board with an RBI triple as the Tide took a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

Osorio made it 18 straight batters retired as she sat down Georgia in order in the bottom of the ninth to secure the extra-inning comeback victory for Alabama.

GAME TWO: GEORGIA 7, ALABAMA 6
Georgia fashioned its own comeback victory in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, scoring three late runs to defeat Alabama, 7-6, and even the series at 1-1.

The Crimson Tide jumped out to a 6-2 lead before the Bulldogs would come back with five unanaswered runs over the final four innings to earn the victory. McCleney and Turner went a combined 4-8 leading off the batting order while Runyon went 2-3 with a pair of RBI on a two-run homer. Tide starter Leslie Jury took a no-decision in the circle, throwing 4.1 innings while sophomore Sydney Littlejohn (8-1) suffered the loss in relief, her first of the season.

Georgia starter Brittany Gray (10-0) earned the complete game victory and the team overcame a trio of costly early errors to come back over the second half of the game. Sydni Emanuel and Paige Wilson combined to go 4-6 with three runs scored.

With Case at third and two outs in the top of the third, the Georgia second baseman mishandled a ground ball that allowed Case to score and give Alabama the 1-0 lead. Georgia went hitless until the fourth inning, when Sydni Emmanuel led off the inning with a single. A hit-by-pitch and a bunt single would quickly load the bases for the Bulldogs with nobody out. Back-to-back strikeouts put two outs on the board but a passed ball and a throwing error allowed two to cross the plate and give Georgia a 2-1 lead. A strikeout ended the inning though the home team was now on top.

A pair of errors by the Bulldog defense put two Tide baserunners on to lead off the fifth inning and a double by McCleney and a single by Turner drove them in, giving the Tide the 3-2 lead. A wild pitch scored McCleney from third and advanced Turner to second, though she was caught in a rundown in the next at-bat for out number one. With a runner on base, Marisa Runyon launched a line drive homer into right center to stretch the lead to 6-2.

With two on in the bottom of the fifth, Sydni Emanuel hit an RBI double up the middle as Katie Collins just slid around the tag attempt at home by Chaunsey Bell. A wild pitch allowed another Bulldog runner to score in the next at-bat and Paige Wilson would reach on a bunt single as she was trying to score the runner from third on the squeeze. That ended Jury’s outing in the circle as Littlejohn entered in relief with Alex Hugo up to the plate. Hugo reached on a fielder’s choice but a weak popup ended the inning as the Tide’s lead was cut to 6-4 through five innings.

Georgia’s Kaylee Puailoa entered to pinch hit with two away in the bottom of the sixth and launched a solo home run to right field, cutting Alabama’s lead to 6-5. The Tide couldn’t tack on any insurance in the top of the seventh and after a leadoff bunt single in the bottom of the seventh, game one winner Alexis Osorio entered in the save situation. A walk and a bunt single loaded the bases as Littlejohn reentered the game. Hugo hit a high fly ball to right field, allowing one to score on the sacrifice fly to tie the game at 6-6. A walk-off RBI single by Anna Swafford sealed the comeback win for Georgia, as the Bulldogs won, 7-6.

The series finale is set for a 1 p.m. CT start on Sunday, March 15 in Athens, Ga. The game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network with Sam Gore and Jessica Mendoza on the call.



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Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
No. 5 Alabama 49.450 49.100 49.525 49.425 197.500
No. 1 Oklahoma 49.450 49.375 49.475 49.375 197.725

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 5 Alabama gymnastics team was edged by No. 1 Oklahoma197.725-197.500 in front of 10,722 fans Friday night in Coleman Coliseum. It marked the 17th consecutive regular-season home meet in which the Crimson Tide has drawn over 10,000 fans.

The Crimson Tide tied the defending NCAA co-Champions on the vault and floor exercise and was better on the balance beam, but an uncharacteristic 49.100 on the uneven bars by Alabama let the Sooners move in front to stay.

"I think our ladies did some awesome stuff tonight," UA head coach Dana Duckworth said. "We did really well on vault, then we ignored our bar performance and went over to balance beam and we did our job. Then we went and closed it out floor. It wasn't outcome we wanted, but this experience will make us better down the stretch."

Junior Lauren Beers won the all-around with a 39.650, tying her career-best mark, while senior Kaitlyn Clark, in her final competitive appearance in Coleman, took second with a 39.550. Beers also won the vault and floor exercise while sharing the balance beam title with senior Kayla Williams.

Alabama started off the night with a 49.450 on the vault, its third-highest mark of the season, led by a 9.95 from junior Lauren Beers, a 9.925 from junior Carley Sims and a 9.9 from freshman Mackenzie Brannan. On the uneven bars sophomore Keely McNeer and Clark led the Tide with 9.875s in the lead-off and anchor spots.

Led by matching 9.95s from Williams and Beers and a 9.925 from Clark, the Tide scored a season-best 49.525 on the balance beam. Williams received a 10.0 from one judge, which was balanced by a 9.9 from the other.

"I loved that we tried a couple new dismounts (on balance beam) and just trying to figure out what is the best way for us to be our very best for SECs and the postseason," Duckworth said.

On the floor exercise, Beers posted her third 9.95 of the night to lead Alabama to a 49.425 team tally. Like Williams the event before, Beers earned a 10.0 from one judge on the floor exercise while the second judge flashed a 9.9. Sophomore Amanda Jetter posted a 9.9 while Clark, in her last routine in Coleman, posted a 9.925.

Alabama honored its senior class of Williams, Clark, Hunter Dennis and Lora Leigh Frost before and after the meet with montages on the video board and a cascade of confetti and balloons after the meet.

"I'm so glad and so blessed I've had two years with (this senior class) and their awesome leadership and being such positive influences in my life," McNeer said. "They just showed me what I want to aim towards."

The Tide travels to Duluth, Ga., for the SEC Championships on Saturday, March 21. Fans can keep up with the Tide via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube by following BamaGymnastics.

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Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
No. 5 Alabama 49.450 49.100 49.525 49.425 197.500
No. 1 Oklahoma 49.450 49.375 49.475 49.375 197.725

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 5 Alabama gymnastics team was edged by No. 1 Oklahoma197.725-197.500 in front of 10,722 fans Friday night in Coleman Coliseum. It marked the 17th consecutive regular-season home meet in which the Crimson Tide has drawn over 10,000 fans.

The Crimson Tide tied the defending NCAA co-Champions on the vault and floor exercise and was better on the balance beam, but an uncharacteristic 49.100 on the uneven bars by Alabama let the Sooners move in front to stay.

“I think our ladies did some awesome stuff tonight,” UA head coach Dana Duckworth said. “We did really well on vault, then we ignored our bar performance and went over to balance beam and we did our job. Then we went and closed it out floor. It wasn’t outcome we wanted, but this experience will make us better down the stretch.”

Junior Lauren Beers won the all-around with a 39.650, tying her career-best mark, while senior Kaitlyn Clark, in her final competitive appearance in Coleman, took second with a 39.550. Beers also won the vault and floor exercise while sharing the balance beam title with senior Kayla Williams.

Alabama started off the night with a 49.450 on the vault, its third-highest mark of the season, led by a 9.95 from junior Lauren Beers, a 9.925 from junior Carley Sims and a 9.9 from freshman Mackenzie Brannan. On the uneven bars sophomore Keely McNeer and Clark led the Tide with 9.875s in the lead-off and anchor spots.

Led by matching 9.95s from Williams and Beers and a 9.925 from Clark, the Tide scored a season-best 49.525 on the balance beam. Williams received a 10.0 from one judge, which was balanced by a 9.9 from the other.

“I loved that we tried a couple new dismounts (on balance beam) and just trying to figure out what is the best way for us to be our very best for SECs and the postseason,” Duckworth said.

On the floor exercise, Beers posted her third 9.95 of the night to lead Alabama to a 49.425 team tally. Like Williams the event before, Beers earned a 10.0 from one judge on the floor exercise while the second judge flashed a 9.9. Sophomore Amanda Jetter posted a 9.9 while Clark, in her last routine in Coleman, posted a 9.925.

Alabama honored its senior class of Williams, Clark, Hunter Dennis and Lora Leigh Frost before and after the meet with montages on the video board and a cascade of confetti and balloons after the meet.

“I’m so glad and so blessed I’ve had two years with (this senior class) and their awesome leadership and being such positive influences in my life,” McNeer said. “They just showed me what I want to aim towards.”

The Tide travels to Duluth, Ga., for the SEC Championships on Saturday, March 21. Fans can keep up with the Tide via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube by following BamaGymnastics.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Alabama junior Cameron Hudson earned All-America honors while finishing seventh in the final and defending NCAA 60-meter dash champion Remona Burchell advanced to the finals in the 60 on Friday evening, the first of two days of competition at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track & Field Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

Burchell ran 7.16 to finish second in her semifinal heat while Hudson, who also competed in the semis of the men’s 60, produced his best jump of the night, a 24-foot, 11 3/4-inch (7.61 meters) effort on his third attempt. In the men’s 800 meters, Alex Amankwah ended up as the fourth-fastest qualifier to the final with a time of 1:48.30, the ranks fifth-fastest 800 ever run by a Crimson Tide athlete.

Burchell (women’s 60, 7 p.m. CT on Saturday) and Amankwah (men’s 800, 7:30 p.m. CT) advanced to Saturday’s finals in their respective events. Burchell (and Amankwah join seven other Crimson Tide athletes who will compete on Saturday in six events, including Justin Fondren in the men’s high jump (3:30 p.m. CT), Lakan Taylor in the women’s pole vault (5:30 p.m. CT), Jeremiah Green in the men’s triple jump (6 p.m. CT) and the men’s 4×400-meter relay team of Steven Gayle, Cameron Hudson, Marlon Humphrey and Alex Amankwah (8:45 p.m. CT).

FRIDAY’S EVENT SUMMARIES

MEN’S LONG JUMP – FINAL

(Cameron Hudson)

Sixteen competitors went at it in the men’s long jump competition. Alabama junior Cameron Hudson ended up seventh overall, earning All-America honors and two points for the Tide in the team standings. Hudson’s best mark of the night was a 24-foot, 11 3/4-inch (7.61 meters) effort on his third attempt. Florida senior Marquis Dendy won the NCAA title with a leap of 27-2 (8.28m) on his second attempt. Arkansas junior Jarrion Jawson was second (27-1 3/4; 8.27m) with Florida freshman KeAndre Bates third (26-3 3/4; 8.02m). Hudson’s series: foul; 24-0 1/4 (7.32m); 24-11 3/4 (7.61m); 23-11 (7.51m); 24-7 3/4 (7.51m); foul.

WOMEN’S 60-METER DASH – SEMIFINALS

(Remona Burchell)

The semifinals were contested in two heats consisting of eight sprinters each. The top two finishers in each heat automatically advanced to Saturday’s final, along with the next four fastest times overall. SEC sprinters will comprise five of the eight finalists. Alabama senior Remona Burchell was second in heat one in a time of 7.16 seconds, a fraction behind Oregon sophomore Jenna Prandini (7.147). Kentucky senior Dezerea Bryant was the fastest to advance to Saturday’s final, winning heat two in 7.145. Other finalists for Saturday: Jasmine Todd of Oregon (7.17), Ky Westbrook of Southern California (7.19), Shayla Sanders of Florida (7.23), Mikiah Brisco of LSU (7.23) and Aaliyah Brown of Texas A&M (7.29). Friday’s semi-final marked the first time this season that Burchell has not finished first on the track, in either a preliminary heat, semifinal or final.

MEN’S 60-METER DASH – SEMIFINALS

(Cameron Hudson)

The semifinals were contested in two heats consisting of eight sprinters each. The top two finishers in each heat automatically advanced to Saturday’s final, along with the next four fastest times overall. SEC sprinters will comprise three of the eight finalists. Alabama junior Cameron Hudson was fifth in heat two of the semifinals in a time of 6.69 seconds. That was the 12th-fastest time overall, so he failed to advance to Saturday’s eight-man final. Hudson’s heat had a false start that disqualified Baylor’s Trayvon Bromell and Southern California’s Andre De Gresse. Ole Miss sophomore Jalen Miller was the fastest qualifier overall in 6.54, winning heat two over Texas sophomore Senoj-Jay Givans (6.561) and TCU junior Ronnie Baker (6.565). Others to advance were Oklahoma State’s John Teeters (6.58), Desmond Lawrence of North Carolina A&T (6.60), Christian Coleman of Tennessee (6.60), Markesh Woodson of Missouri (6.60) and Tevin Hester of Clemson (6.61).

MEN’S 800 METERS – SEMIFINALS

(Alex Amankwah and Jacopo Lahbi)

Both Alabama competitors, Alex Amankwah and Jacopo Lahbi, ran in heat two. The semifinal was contested in two heats with the top three finishers in each heat automatically advancing to Saturday’s final, along with the next two fastest finishers overall. Clayton Murphy of Akron won heat one in 1:48.30, advancing to the final along with Brandon McBride of Mississippi State (1:48.48) and Tre’tex Kennedy of Indiana (1:48.57). Edward Kemboi of Iowa State won heat two in 1:48.04, ahead of Dylan Capwell of Monmouth (1:48.23) and Amankwah, who was third in heat two in 1:48.30. Lahbi was eighth in heat two (1:51.91) and failed to advance to Saturday’s final. Amankwah ended up as the fourth-fastest qualifier to the final with Kemboi leading the way. Amankwah’s 1:48.30 ranks fifth on the Alabama all-time list in the 800.

MEN’S DISTANCE MEDLEY RELAY – FINAL

(Robbie Farnham-Rose, Steven Gayle, Jacopo Lahbi, Matt Airola)

Alabama’s quartet of Matt Airola, Steven Gayle, Jacopo Lahbi and Robbie Farnham-Rose figured to compete for a strong place in the men’s distance medley relay after coming in ranked among the top eight contenders in the 12-team final. But the Tide’s race ended shortly after the start as lead leg Airola suffered an injury and had to leave the race. Oregon won the race in 9:30.53 with Penn State second (9:32.21) and Iowa State third (9:32.48).

2015 NCAA Indoor Championships

Day 1 – Friday, March 13, 2015

Alabama Results

MEN

60 (Semifinals – Heat 2) – 5. Cameron Hudson, 6.69.

800 (Semifinals – Heat 2) – 3. Alex Amankwah, 1:48.04q; 8. Jacopo Lahbi, 1:51.91.

Distance Medley Relay (Final) – DNF. (Matt Airola, Steven Gayle, Jacopo Lahbi, Robbie Farnham-Rose).

Long Jump (Final) – 7. Cameron Hudson, 24-11 3/4 (7.61m).

WOMEN

60 (Semifinals – Heat 1) – 2. Remona Burchell, 7.16q.

q – Qualified for final.


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OXFORD, Miss. – The Alabama women’s tennis team took down the No. 16 Ole Miss Rebels by a final score of 4-1 on Friday evening in Oxford, Mississippi. Playing on just three indoor courts, Alabama claimed the doubles point, and took three of four completed singles matches to secure the victory. The Crimson Tide has now reeled off four consecutive victories, and has won nine of its last ten matches overall.

Alabama jumped out to another early 1-0 lead by claiming its third straight doubles point, receiving a pair of convincing wins on courts one and three. Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen continued their dominant season for the Tide, grabbing a quick 8-2 victory on court one. Routliffe and Jansen are now a perfect 12-0 on the season. Not far behind for the Tide was Danielle Spielmann and Luicelena Perez who clinched the doubles point with a commanding 8-1 victory on court three.

Ole Miss put its only point on the board to begin singles play, as Arianna Hartono knocked off Spielmann by a final score of 6-0, 6-0 on court two. Quickly answering for the Tide was Erin Routliffe who continued her recent surge of late, knocking off Ole Miss’ No. 12 Julia Jones 6-2, 6-3 on court one. Routliffe – who took home SEC Player of the Week honors last week – has now defeated the No. 6 and No. 12 nationally ranked singles players in two of her last three matches. Maya Jansen pushed Alabama’s lead to 3-1 with a convincing 6-2, 6-3 win on court three.

Clinching the match for Alabama was Emily Zabor who took down a back-and-forth 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 decision over Ole Miss’ Natalie Suk on court four. Zabor dropped the second set 2-6, but never trailed in the first or third sets. Maynetto (6-2, 6-6) and Perez (6-7, 3-2) went unfinished.

The Tide will remain on the road and face the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Sunday. First serve is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CT in Starkville. Mississippi State enters this weekend ranked 41st nationally, the team’s highest ranking in over nine years – since Jan. 31, 2006 – when the Bulldogs were ranked at No. 33. The Bulldogs have taken down eight of their last ten matches.

Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaWTN on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.


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Don’t Expect Alabama’s Quarterback Competition to End Any Time Soon http://www.crimsontidezone.com/dont-expect-alabamas-quarterback-competition-to-end-any-time-soon-79546/ http://www.crimsontidezone.com/dont-expect-alabamas-quarterback-competition-to-end-any-time-soon-79546/#comments Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:25:22 +0000 http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2396323-dont-expect-alabamas-quarterback-competition-to-end-any-time-soon TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — If you were hoping for a resolution to Alabama’s second quarterback battle in as many offseasons, you might just want to turn away now.

This will be a long process, just like it was a year ago. Nick Saban made that clear when he got his first question about a quarterback after spring practice opened on Friday.

“Well you know we’ve only had one practice, and you guys act like we’ve been practicing illegally everyday in the offseason, which we haven’t been doing,” Saban said. “So as much as I’d like to be able to tell you that the guy has done great since January, we really can’t because all we’ve done is run around cones and jump over bags and that kind of stuff.”

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The difference between this year and last, though, is that now all of the candidates are on campus for spring practice. Jake Coker, the presumed favorite for last year’s job, couldn’t transfer from Florida State until he had graduated in May.

Now, what you see is what you get.

Coker, Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman, David Cornwell and Blake Barnett all were going through drills on Friday in various orders and configuration.

It’s hard to tell just how the reps will be split throughout the spring. You don’t want to narrow the field already right now, but it’s hard to get much done with reps being split among five guys.

The only insight Saban would offer was that they’re simplifying things for the quarterbacks.

“We’ve tried to make it a little easier with what we’re doing at that position so that they don’t have to burden as some of the guys in the past have had so that the inexperienced players can develop a little more quickly,” Saban said.

Indeed, inexperience abounds.

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Coker is the only one on the roster who has thrown a pass in a game. Morris has seen a handful of snaps at the end of FCS blowouts but only to hand the ball off.

Saban laid out a handful of things he wants to see from his quarterbacks this spring.

“I think I want to see what every coach would want to see and what every fan would want to see and everyone sitting in this room would want to see, is that the guy can go in and provide leadership for our team, make good choices and decisions about what he has to do to play winning football as his position, which means he makes good judgments out there,” he said.

“Takes care of the ball, is accurate enough to throw the ball to the skill guys we have and make throws that allow us to make big plays and is not going to be a guy that doesn’t take of the ball, is careless with the ball, turns the ball over and makes good choices and decisions about all those things.

"I think that’s what we look for in a quarterback anytime: leadership, judgment, accuracy, good decision-making in terms of where he delivers the ball and how he distributes it and that’s what we’ll look for. And the guy that does that the best for us is going to be the best guy that will have the opportunity to play that position.”

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Barnett is the sexy pick right now from fans and pundits alike. He is the hotshot 247Sports 5-star coming over from the West Coast, with the arms and (and legs) that propelled him to big heights in high school.

But we may have to pump the brakes a little bit on the Barnett train.

“Today's really the first day we've seen him play quarterback,” Saban said of Barnett. “We saw him in the offseason program. He's done a great job. He's got great leadership qualities. He's a great person. I'm sure as all the freshmen—we have eight new ones out there, seven freshmen and a transfer—they've all got a lot to learn.”

Who will be Alabama's starting quarterback against Wisconsin?

If last year is any indication, this race is far from over.

Blake Sims was the guy throughout the spring, then split reps once Coker got to school.

Even then, Saban never officially declared the quarterback race “over.” Sims just kept starting. And starting and starting and winning and winning.

That’s likely what will happen in this cycle. Maybe two or three favorites emerge in the fall. They go back and forth during camp. One starts the opener and then…just keeps starting.

 

Marc Torrence is the Alabama lead writer for Bleacher Report. All quotes and reporting were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.

Follow on Twitter @marctorrence.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — If you were hoping for a resolution to Alabama’s second quarterback battle in as many offseasons, you might just want to turn away now.

This will be a long process, just like it was a year ago. Nick Saban made that clear when he got his first question about a quarterback after spring practice opened on Friday.

“Well you know we’ve only had one practice, and you guys act like we’ve been practicing illegally everyday in the offseason, which we haven’t been doing,” Saban said. “So as much as I’d like to be able to tell you that the guy has done great since January, we really can’t because all we’ve done is run around cones and jump over bags and that kind of stuff.”


Credit: 247Sports

The difference between this year and last, though, is that now all of the candidates are on campus for spring practice. Jake Coker, the presumed favorite for last year’s job, couldn’t transfer from Florida State until he had graduated in May.

Now, what you see is what you get.

Coker, Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman, David Cornwell and Blake Barnett all were going through drills on Friday in various orders and configuration.

It’s hard to tell just how the reps will be split throughout the spring. You don’t want to narrow the field already right now, but it’s hard to get much done with reps being split among five guys.

The only insight Saban would offer was that they’re simplifying things for the quarterbacks.

“We’ve tried to make it a little easier with what we’re doing at that position so that they don’t have to burden as some of the guys in the past have had so that the inexperienced players can develop a little more quickly,” Saban said.

Indeed, inexperience abounds.


Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Coker is the only one on the roster who has thrown a pass in a game. Morris has seen a handful of snaps at the end of FCS blowouts but only to hand the ball off.

Saban laid out a handful of things he wants to see from his quarterbacks this spring.

“I think I want to see what every coach would want to see and what every fan would want to see and everyone sitting in this room would want to see, is that the guy can go in and provide leadership for our team, make good choices and decisions about what he has to do to play winning football as his position, which means he makes good judgments out there,” he said.

“Takes care of the ball, is accurate enough to throw the ball to the skill guys we have and make throws that allow us to make big plays and is not going to be a guy that doesn’t take of the ball, is careless with the ball, turns the ball over and makes good choices and decisions about all those things.

“I think that’s what we look for in a quarterback anytime: leadership, judgment, accuracy, good decision-making in terms of where he delivers the ball and how he distributes it and that’s what we’ll look for. And the guy that does that the best for us is going to be the best guy that will have the opportunity to play that position.”


Brynn Anderson/Associated Press

Barnett is the sexy pick right now from fans and pundits alike. He is the hotshot 247Sports 5-star coming over from the West Coast, with the arms and (and legs) that propelled him to big heights in high school.

But we may have to pump the brakes a little bit on the Barnett train.

“Today’s really the first day we’ve seen him play quarterback,” Saban said of Barnett. “We saw him in the offseason program. He’s done a great job. He’s got great leadership qualities. He’s a great person. I’m sure as all the freshmen—we have eight new ones out there, seven freshmen and a transfer—they’ve all got a lot to learn.”

Who will be Alabama’s starting quarterback against Wisconsin?

If last year is any indication, this race is far from over.

Blake Sims was the guy throughout the spring, then split reps once Coker got to school.

Even then, Saban never officially declared the quarterback race “over.” Sims just kept starting. And starting and starting and winning and winning.

That’s likely what will happen in this cycle. Maybe two or three favorites emerge in the fall. They go back and forth during camp. One starts the opener and then…just keeps starting.

 

Marc Torrence is the Alabama lead writer for Bleacher Report. All quotes and reporting were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.

Follow on Twitter @marctorrence.

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