Author: CW Sports Staff

Alabama loses in three games to No. 1 Florida in Super Regional

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) Alabama lost to Florida in two of the three games of the Gainesville Super Regional on Saturday, May 27. The Crimson Tide won the first game against the Gators, by the score of 3-0. Alexis Osorio pitched a three hit shutout, struck out eight and walked three in the winning game. Alabama scored all three runs in the fifth inning, all of which were unearned. Bailey Hemphill started the inning with a walk. Mari Cranek replaced her as a pinch runner. Reagan Dykes bunted her to second, and made it to first on the fielder’s choice. Chandler Dare bunted to the Florida pitcher Kelly Barnhill, who threw the ball over the first baseman’s head, scoring both Cranek and Dykes. Sydney Booker followed Dare. She also bunted to Barnhill, who committed another error, scoring Dare. The following day Florida tied the series with a 2-0 win. Delanie Gourley finished with the win for the Gators, while Sydney Littlejohn took the loss. Both pitchers went the distance, going all seven innings. The two combined for 12 strikeouts, four of which belonged to Littlejohn. The only damage came in the third inning when Amanda Lorenz homered to right center field, scoring herself and centerfielder Justine McLean. In the final of the three game series Florida took a 2-0 lead after the first inning. With runners on first and...

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Greg Goff relieved of duty

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) Alabama head coach Greg Goff was relieved of duty on Wednesday afternoon, according to a report by Ben Jones and Aaron Suttles. Goff informed 10 players that their scholarships would be reduced or revoked, which is a NCAA violation. NCAA bylaw 15.3.4.3.1 states that “An institution may not set forth an athletically related condition (e.g., financial aid contingent upon specified performance or playing a specific position) that would permit the institution to reduce or cancel the student-athlete’s financial aid during the period of the award if the conditions are not satisfied.” Athletic Director Greg Byrne said that the scholarships will not be reduced or revoked. In his only season as head coach, Goff managed just a 19-34-1 record, and a 5-24-1 record in SEC play. The Crimson Tide was one of two teams not to make the SEC tournament. Goff signed a five-year deal back in June of 2016. He was set to make $450,000 annually. For Alabama this means it will hire its third coach in as many years. Previous coach Mitch Gaspard left the school at the end of May 2016. …read more Source:: The Crimson White Sports...

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No. 7 Florida takes series against Alabama

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning Alabama trailed the No. 7 Florida Gators by three runs. Cobie Vance started the inning by drawing a walk. Chandler Taylor followed him with a RBI double to left center. Down two. After a walk to Hunter Alexander, Alex Webb doubled down the right field line, scoring Taylor. Down one. Alabama had the tying run 90 feet away, and the go ahead run right after him, with no outs. Sam Finnerty came up and struck out on three pitches. Connor Short followed with a ground out to first on the first pitch of his at bat. Two outs with the tying run still 90 feet away. After Walker McCleney was hit by a pitch Chandler Avant came up to bat with the bases loaded. Avant saw three balls go by him, going ahead 3-0 in the count. Florida starter Brady Singer would go on to strike Avant out to get out of the jam. “That’s the guy we want up there” head coach Greg Goff said. “He’s been a good player for us.” Florida would go on to score four runs in the next inning taking a 10-5 lead, eventually winning 13-6. Singer would allow five runs over the stretch of six innings. The five runs were a season high and tied a career high for earned...

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No. 7 Florida outlasts Alabama in pitching duel

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) Game one of Alabama’s final home stand set the tone for the rest of the series. Alabama, who had just won its first SEC series against rival Auburn, sent its ace Jake Walters to the mound to face Florida’s ace Alex Faedo. The two aces went pitch for pitch through seventh innings. The two combined for 16 strikeouts while allowing just five hits and two runs. Walters finished with one run off two hits in his seven innings, striking out eight, while Faedo went seven innings and allowed one run off three hits, also striking out eight. “That’s what people come to see,” head coach Greg Goff said. “Two tremendous arms going at each other. Jake threw really well tonight, and Faedo did too.” Neither pitcher would finish with a decision in the Gators’ 2-1 win. Guarrett Suchey finished with the loss, while Michael Byrne finished with the win. Alabama fell to just 5-13 in one run games after the loss, and 5-20 in the SEC. Faedo shut down the Crimson Tide the first time through the lineup. He sat down the first 10 batters of the game before Kyle Kaufman singled up the middle to break up the no-hit bid. Kaufman was followed up by Cobie Vance, who doubled down the left field line scoring Kaufman. “He [Faedo] really attacked with fastballs [the first...

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Nick Saban inks three-year contract extension; assistants earn raises

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Matthew Speakman) University of Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne announced on Tuesday that the school has signed Nick Saban to an eight-year extension. The new contract will keep Saban as head coach until the 2025 season. Saban’s base salary of $245,000 and talent fee of $8.48 million will remain the same, but he will now receive a “contract extension signing incentive” that pays him $4 million. Saban’s new contract adds three years onto his existing contract and will run through Jan. 31, 2025. “Terry and I are pleased and happy to agree to the contract extension The University of Alabama has offered us, ensuring our time here in Tuscaloosa will continue for many more years,” Saban said. “This has become our home and we are looking forward to finishing our career at Alabama. I want to thank President Bell, Greg Byrne, our athletic administration, football staff and the entire University community for all of their support, which has been instrumental in the success of our organization.” Saban wasn’t the only one on Alabama’s staff to receive new contracts. New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll earned a three-year, $1.2 million contract. Along with him, Byrne’s five-year contract was approved, and many assistant coaches outside of Daboll received raises. Notably, outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi was given a $400,000 raise to bring his salary up to $950,000 annually. Lupoi is...

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