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Updates from when I was out

Alabama's Austen Smith (18) is greeted at home by teammates after he hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning of an NCAA college baseball game against UAB, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)

Alabama’s Austen Smith (18) is greeted at home by teammates after he hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning of an NCAA college baseball game against UAB, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)

My first vacation this year is over and now it’s time to get some work in. I tried to take time off during the slow season, so nothing major happened.

However, he are an updates from baseball and softball for what went on while I was away.

Alabama pitcher Spencer Turnbull signed with the Detroit Tigers after the junior was selected in the second round of the MLB draft.

Junior LHP Justin Kamplain singed with the New York Yankees after being drafted in the 18th round.

Junior Ben Moore also signed his pro contract after the Boston Red Sox drafted him in the eighth round. He played right field for the Crimson Tide last season, but was drafted as a catcher. He played there as a freshman and sophomore.

Austin Smith signed with the Miami Marilins after the senior was drafted in the 33rd round.

So that means the Crimson Tide will need to do some rebuilding for the coming season.

Softball players Haylie McCleney and Jaclyn Traina were selected to the USA Women’s National Team that will play throughout the summer.

After guiding Alabama to its ninth Women’s College World Series and earning the team’s fifth SEC Championship, the Crimson Tide coaching staff was named the NFCA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year

The softball team will go in its first international trip in program history this fall as 16 players from the 2014 roster and select staff members will make a 10-day trip to the Netherlands, starting on August 4th.

The Crimson Tide will play three games against the Dutch National Team as they prepare for the World Championships.

Alabama outfielder Casey Hughston, front, and Alabama's Ben Moore air bump to celebrate the win after Moore made the final out on a leaping grab at the wall during an NCAA college baseball game against Stephen F. Austin, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)
Alabama outfielder Casey Hughston, front, and Alabama’s Ben Moore air bump to celebrate the win after Moore made the final out on a leaping grab at the wall during an NCAA college baseball game against Stephen F. Austin, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)

Burrows named freshman all-American again

Thomas Burrows is a freshman all-American.

Thomas Burrows is a freshman all-American.

Alabama closer Thomas Burrows was named first-team freshman all-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Monday.

He finished the season with a 4-2 record and a 2.15 ERA with a team-leading 11 saves.

Burrows, a 6-1, 220-pound native of Florence, was 11-for-11 in save opportunities. His 11 saves rank tied for fourth in program history in a single season, and are the second most in a season for an Alabama freshman.

He led the team with 24 appearances for 37.2 innings pitched with 34 strikeouts. He allowed a total of nine runs in his first season, while holding opponents to a .192 average, allowing just 24 hits all season.

Burrows was also selected to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team by Collegiate Baseball and to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

MLB draft wrap-up

 

Outside linebacker Keith Holcombe of Tuscaloosa committed to Alabama. Photo 247 Sports.

Linebacker Keith Holcombe of Tuscaloosa committed to Alabama. Photo 247 Sports.

Check out my story in the Sunday editions about the fallout of the MLB draft on the Alabama baseball team.

Expect pitcher Spencer Turnbull and catcher/outfielder Ben Moore to turn pro this summer.

Junior Justin Kamplain should consider returning for another year of school as an 18th round draft pick.

The surprise pick was football team signee Keith Holcombe of Hillcrest High. He was taken in the 37th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 37th round as an outfielder.

Teams are just throwing darts on the wall that late in the draft. Heck, the San Diego Padres took NFL draft pick Johnny Manziel as a short stop.

The late-round pick shouldn’t sway Holcombe to leave the Crimson Tide. That’s what he hinted with his message on Twitter.

“I’m blessed to be drafted today,” Holcombe wrote. “It is an honor I will never forget! God has surely blessed me in all my abilities.”

Austen Smith drafted by Marlins

Alabama's Austen Smith (18) is greeted at home by teammates after he hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning of an NCAA college baseball game against UAB, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)

Alabama’s Austen Smith (18) is greeted at home by teammates after he hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning of an NCAA college baseball game against UAB, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)

Alabama first baseman Austen Smith was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 33rd round on Saturday.

He was the 977th player taken in the Major League Baseball draft and 35th player picked by the Marlins.

The senior from Cantonment, Fla., led the Crimson Tide in hitting with a .316 batting average and was the co-leader in RBIs with 39. He had six home runs and a .988 field percentage.

Justin Kamplain drafted by Yankees

Justin Kamplain. Photo by Courtney Gage

Justin Kamplain. Photo by Courtney Gage

Alabama left-handed pitcher Justin Kamplain was drafted in the 18th round with the 542nd pick by the New York Yankees on Saturday.

Kamplain had a 7-3 record and a 2.90 ERA in 15 starting appearances during his junior season. His career-high seven wins led the Tide, while his 69 strikeouts in in 90 innings also led the club, while holding opponents to a .205 batting average.

He was part of Alabama’s first nine-inning no-hitter in 78 years, as he combined with Jay Shaw and Geoffrey Bramblett against Mississippi Valley State on March 8.

Kamplain threw the first seven innings when he recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts. Kamplain also threw his only complete game when he went the distance in a 5-1 win over No. 6 LSU on May 10.

He appeared in 50 career games, 30 times as a starter, with a 9-7 record with a 3.64 ERA. He’s thrown a total of 207.2 innings, with one complete game, 168 strikeouts and a .225 opponent’s batting average.

This is the second time Kamplain has been drafted. He was selected in the 22nd round by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2011 MLB Draft out of Walker High in Jasper.

Ben Moore drafted by Red Sox

Alabama outfielder Casey Hughston, front, and Alabama's Ben Moore air bump to celebrate the win after Moore made the final out on a leaping grab at the wall during an NCAA college baseball game against Stephen F. Austin, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)

Alabama outfielder Casey Hughston, front, and Alabama’s Ben Moore air bump to celebrate the win after Moore made the final out on a leaping grab at the wall during an NCAA college baseball game against Stephen F. Austin, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo)

Alabama baseball player Ben Moore was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round of the Major League Baseball draft on Friday.

He was selected with the 254th overall pick. Moore was drafted as a catcher, but played a significant amount in the outfielder this season.

Moore, from Cullman, is a 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior. He hit .305 with a team-leading nine home runs and tied for the lead with 39 RBIs and 73 hits.

The Red Sox picked eight players before Moore, but he was the first catcher.

Moore has a .307 career batting average with 15 home runs and 111 RBIs. He was 34-for-41 on stolen bases.

Turnbull drafted by Tigers

Spencer Turnbull was drafted by the Detroit Tigers. Photo Montgomery Advertiser.

Spencer Turnbull was drafted by the Detroit Tigers. Photo Montgomery Advertiser.

Alabama junior right-handed pitcher Spencer Turnbull was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft with the 63rd overall pick on Thursday night.

He was the second player picked by the Tigers behind outfielder Derek Hill out of Elk Grove High in California, and 22nd right-handed pitcher taken.

Turnbull, from Madison, Miss., had a 5-7 record last season with a 2.22 ERA. He struck out 61 batters in 93.1 innings. He was one of the Crimson Tide’s weekend stater, but MLB Network analysts see him as a relief pitcher.

In his three-year career at Alabama, Turnbull took the mound in 45 games including 40 times as a starter. He has a 3.54 career ERA after posting a 5.60 ERA as a freshman and a 3.70 ERA in 2013. Turnbull appeared in 236.1 innings, recording 157 strikeouts while allowing opponents to hit .245 against him.

With Turnbull’s selection as the 63rd pick in the 2014 MLB draft, he is the highest drafted crimson Tide player since 2006 when Wade LeBlanc was selected in the second round by the San Diego Padres with the 61st overall pick. Alabama has now had a player selected in each of the last 36 MLB drafts, dating back to 1979.

Burrows earns national honors

Thomas Burrows was named to the SEC all-freshman team.

Thomas Burrows was named to the SEC all-freshman team.

Alabama closer Thomas Burrows earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday.

He finished his freshman season with a 4-2 record and a 2.15 ERA with a team-leading 11 saves, and was one of nine players selected as relief pitchers to the all-America team.

Burrows, a 6-1, 220-pound native of Florence, was 11-for-11 in save opportunities. His 11 saves rank tied for fourth in program history in a single season, and are the second most in a season for an Alabama freshman.

He led the team with 24 appearances for 37.2 innings pitched with 34 strikeouts. He allowed a total of nine runs in his first season, while holding opponents to a .192 average, allowing just 24 hits all season.

Burrows was also selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team, and was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Mid-Season Stopper of the Year and Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year watch Lists.

Tide baseball sees season come to an end

Kennesaw State's Max Pentecost, center, celebrates with teammates in the dugout after scoring against Alabama in the fourth inning of an NCAA regional college baseball game on Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. Alabama won the game 4-1. (AP Photo)

Kennesaw State’s Max Pentecost, center, celebrates with teammates in the dugout after scoring against Alabama in the fourth inning of an NCAA regional college baseball game on Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. Alabama won the game 4-1. (AP Photo)

The Alabama baseball team’s season came to an end Monday at the Tallahassee Regional.

The second-seeded Crimson Tide lost the first game of the double-elimination tournament and fought back through the losers bracket with three wins to get to final game.

No. 3 Kennesaw State, however, pulled out a 4-2 victory at Florida State in the Monday.

The Owls move on into the NCAA Super Regional at Louisville next weekend, while the Crimson Tide goes home.

Alabama (37-24) lost the first game of the regional to Kennesaw State 1-0 on Friday and then defeated Florida State 6-5 on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide won two games Sunday, the first one 6-0 over Georgia Southern and then a 4-1 victory against Kennesaw State.

The Owls scored two runs on starters Jay Shaw in 4.2 innings and two runs on closer Thomas Burrows, who was pressed into service for 3.1 innings.

Georgie Salem and Wade Wass scored Alabama’s runs, while Austen Smith and Wass drove them in. 

Tide baseball survives another day

Alabama's Wade Wass (10) and Austen Smith (18) celebrate with their teammates after scoring off a double by Casey Hughston against Kennesaw State in the fourth inning of an NCAA regional college baseball game on Sunday,  June 1, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo)

Alabama’s Wade Wass (10) and Austen Smith (18) celebrate with their teammates after scoring off a double by Casey Hughston against Kennesaw State in the fourth inning of an NCAA regional college baseball game on Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo)

The Alabama baseball team defeated Georgia Southern 6-0 and Kennesaw State 4-1 on Sunday in the Tallahassee Regional and will play at least one more game.

The Crimson Tide (37-23) has fought through the losers bracket to play a regional-deciding game at 11 a.m. Monday against Kennesaw State.

A win there moves Alabama into the Super Regionals against either Louisville or Kentucky, the winner of that regional. The best-of-3 series would be at Louisville if the Cardinals won, or whoever has a better Super Regional bid to the NCAA between Alabama or Kentucky.

UPDATE: Louisville won the regional against Kentucky. So if Alabama wins today, the Crimson Tide is on the road for the Super Regional.

Geoffrey Bramblett threw a complete game shutout to lead the Crimson Tide over Georgia Southern.

Taylor Guilbeau threw a complete game for the Tide against Kennesaw. Casey Hughston drove in two runs.

Check out the video of the postgame press conference below.

Tide eliminates Florida State

Alabama's Mikety White hits a solo home run off Florida State starting pitcher Luke Weaver in the third inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. Alabama won 6-5; Florida State was eliminated from the tournament. (AP Photo)

Alabama’s Mikety White hits a solo home run off Florida State starting pitcher Luke Weaver in the third inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. Alabama won 6-5; Florida State was eliminated from the tournament. (AP Photo)

Wade Wass and Mikey White homered, left-hander Justin Kamplain pitched eight scoreless innings and the Alabama baseball team eliminated Florida State 6-5 in NCAA tournament play Saturday.

Kamplain (7-3) was lifted after surrendering a leadoff single in the ninth, and Florida State (43-17) capitalized on the wildness of two Alabama relievers for its runs to make it close before closer Thomas Burrows saved his 11th game of the season.

White led off the third inning with a line drive to left field for his seventh home run of the season to give Alabama a 1-0 lead. It was the Crimson Tide’s only earned run off Florida State ace Luke Weaver (8-4).

Alabama (35-23) scored two unearned runs in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead. Wass’ two-out grounder went through the legs of Florida State third baseman Jose Brizuela, allowing White to score. Austen Smith followed with his second double of the game to score Wass, who added a two-run homer in the seventh.

The Crimson Tide plays at 11 a.m. Sunday against the Georgia State-Kennesaw State loser in the next elimination game.

Florida State's Casey Smit is forced out at second as Alabama shortstop Mikety White throws over to first to complete a double play in the first inning of an NCAA regional college baseball game Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. Alabama won 6-5. Florida State was eliminated. (AP Photo)

Florida State’s Casey Smit is forced out at second as Alabama shortstop Mikety White throws over to first to complete a double play in the first inning of an NCAA regional college baseball game Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. Alabama won 6-5. Florida State was eliminated. (AP Photo)

Tide baseball into losers bracket

Kennesaw State's Will Lowman (16) helps winning pitcher Travis Bergen (9) adjust his championship belt. Kennesaw State awards the belt to the player of the game after a win. Kennesaw State won 1-0. (AP Photo)

Kennesaw State’s Will Lowman (16) helps winning pitcher Travis Bergen (9) adjust his championship belt, a replica of Ric Flair’s Big Gold Belt. Kennesaw State awards the belt to the player of the game after a win. Kennesaw State won 1-0. (AP Photo)

The second-seeded Alabama baseball team lost the first game of the Tallahassee Regional on Friday 1-0 to No. 3 Kennesaw State on Friday.

The Crimson Tide will play at noon on Saturday against the loser of this afternoon’s Georgia State-Florida State game. It will be the first elimination game of the double-elimination tournament.

Alabama (34-23) struggled offensively with only five hits. Austen Smith had two doubles and walk and Chance Vincent had two singles.

Left-handed sophomore Travis Bergen started for the Owls and stifled the Crimson Tide for 8.2 innings.

Kal Simmons’ sacrifice fly in the fifth inning scored Brennan Morgan as the Owls (38-21) advance to play the Georgia Southern-Florida State winner on Saturday.

Justin Kamplain (6-3, 3.07) starts Game 2 for the Crimson Tide to try and avoid ending the season. 

SEC baseball honors for the Tide

Thomas Burrows was named to the SEC all-freshman team.

Thomas Burrows was named to the SEC all-freshman team.

Three Alabama baseball players were honored by he SEC when the all-conference awards were announced Tuesday.

Closer Thomas Burrows of Florence was named to the all-freshman team, while outfielder Ben Moore and utility player Wade Wass was named to the second team.

The Crimson Tide moves on to an NCAA regional at Florida State, starting on Friday. Read more about that in my Tuesday story.

Baseball headed to Florida State

Alabama players watch near the end of their 7-1 loss to Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo)

Alabama players watch near the end of their 7-1 loss to Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo)

The Alabama baseball team was selected to the NCAA tournament 64-team field on Monday and will play the regional at Florida State for the Tallahassee Regional beginning Friday.

The Crimson Tide is seeded second in the regional that also includes the No. 1 Seminoles, No. 3 Kennesaw State and No. 4 Georgia Southern.

The winner of this regional is paired off with the Louisville Regional winner for a Super Regional. That regional includes the No. 1 Cardinals, No. 2 Kentucky, No. Kansas and No. 4 Kent State.

Tuesday Tide fallout

Alabama players watch near the end of their 7-1 loss to Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo)

Alabama players watch near the end of their 7-1 loss to Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo)

My first SEC baseball tournament was a pleasant experience. It could have gone better for Alabama. Check out my game story here.

The Crimson Tide lost in the first round to Kentucky, but it was for the best. The players need time off and the team wasn’t ikely going to improve its regional seeding unless it won the whole thing.

And if it did win it, the players would have been so worn out that they would have been easy pickings at the regional.

That goes back to my previous blog talking about these conference tournaments are a bad idea for teams. It wears out the pitching if you go deep. If you do away with it, a team could have a bye in the regular season to be rested.

Anyway, check out my story on football coach Nick Saban and basketball coach Anthony Grant talking at the Crimson Caravan just up the road from the baseball game.

If you missed it earlier, the softball team will be playing in Decatur next season.

Kentucky's Max Kuhn is called safe at second despite the efforts of Alabama's Mikey White during a Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament game Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo)

Kentucky’s Max Kuhn is called safe at second despite the efforts of Alabama’s Mikey White during a Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament game Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo)