Author: CW Sports Staff

Alabama basketball remains focused on Arkansas despite external factors

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ben Stansell) A widespread FBI investigation into college basketball has been casting a cloud over the sport for quite some time. Alabama is not impervious to its reach. The Crimson Tide, however, is less focused on a potential storm and more concerned with its next opponent – the Arkansas Razorbacks. To beat an Arkansas team that ranks No. 31 in ESPN’s RPI, Alabama will need to clean up what head coach Avery Johnson calls “inconsistencies.” He is referring to the lack of rebounding and profusion of turnovers that have plagued the Crimson Tide in its last two games, both of which were losses. Alabama’s rebounding issues have been particularly apparent on the defensive glass. In a loss at Kentucky last Saturday, Alabama allowed the Wildcats to rope in 20 offensive rebounds. The Crimson Tide’s rebounding improved only slightly against Auburn on Wednesday, when it gave up 14. Alabama’s leading rebounder Donta Hall chalks Alabama’s rebounding woes to not enough Crimson Tide players hustling to help out with the rebounding effort. “I feel like we need to have more people crashing the boards rather than just two to three,” Hall said. “Especially defensive wise.” Johnson agreed with Hall, pointing out that sometimes Alabama’s guards will be more focused on initiating the fast break than securing possession of the basketball. “We have some guys that are pretty good in...

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Alabama hockey makes light work of Indiana

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Johnathan Anderson) The University of Alabama Men’s Club hockey team easily handled the University of Indiana by a score of 7-2 in the first of a two-game home series that saw the Tide improve to 21-9-1 on the season. Alabama took control of the game early with a sublime effort from Felix Conrads. The sophomore forward from Naperville, Ill. found a gap in the heart of Indiana’s defense and slotted the puck home to give the Alabama the 1-0 lead at the 15:15 mark of the first period. “It went point to point,” Conrads said, “went right on my stick and I turned around and fired it right in.” In what turned out to be a free-flowing contest through the remainder of the first period, both teams found themselves creating a plethora of chances that tested the goaltenders on both ends of the ice, with neither team managing to convert their remaining chances. “We’ve got to fire pucks on net and see what happens from the beginning,” Conrads said. The second period saw a second breakthrough for Alabama by way of freshman forward Nick Messina. After conceding for the first time of the contest at the 11:13 mark, Alabama found a way to once again double their advantage through a Ryan Johnson effort that took the team into the final period with a 3-2 lead. Head coach...

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Alabama takes both games in Friday double header

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) Alabama’s offense continued standout six games into the season. The Crimson Tide totaled 20 runs in 18 innings Friday night in a double header against Washington State, winning 12-4 and 8-2. “Honestly, its [the Alabama offense] surpassed my expectations to this point,” coach Brad Bohannon said. “There was a lot of hard contact today. I felt good about the group going into the season, and… having an older group of position players, you have guys who aren’t trying to do to much.” In game one, Alabama’s offense raked. The Crimson Tide totaled 16 hits. It was Chandler Taylor’s, who was just 1-for-7 coming into the inning, blast in the fifth inning that set the Crimson Tide in motion. Washington State pitcher Nick Strange threw just one pitch to the lefty slugger, which was hit over the right-center fence for a three-run home run. Alabama would score three more times in the inning. Cody Henry singled in a run, Joe Breaux walked with the bases loaded and Hunter Alexander singled in the third run. Alabama started its scoring in the fourth inning. After a groundout and a strikeout, the Crimson Tide recorded five straight singles, scoring its first three runs of the game. Breaux set a single-game record by finishing with five walks, going 0-0 with a RBI and two runs scored to finish the game....

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Alabama takes down No. 9 Florida state and Georgia State in day one of Easton Bama Bash

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ehsan Kassim) The Alabama Crimson Tide softball team started its home season in 2018 on the right foot. On the first day of the Easton Bama Bash, Alabama defeated Georgia State 5-1 and No. 9/10 Florida State 3-0. Alabama is now 8-1 after the two wins Friday. In the first game, Alabama faced a deficit for just the second time this season. Georgia State jumped on freshman Madison Preston in the second inning to jump to 1-0 lead. “We [the defense]messed up the one run,” said coach Patrick Murphy said. “She [Preston] kept her composure and did a good job.” The lead was short lived asGabby Callaway singled before Peyton Grantham sent a monster home run, her second of the season, over the left field wall to give Alabama a 2-1 lead in the second inning. The two runs were more than enough for Preston. She finished her third complete game of the season, allowing eight hits over her seven innings of work. She struck out two, walked two and induced 13 ground ball outs. “When she keeps the ball knee or down, you can’t really lift it,” Murphy said. “If the ball stays on the ground, you gotta hit three in a row to score a run.” One of the ground balls was a shot hit to shortstop Sydney Booker, who made a strong defensive sliding...

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Men’s tennis continues its historic streak

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Zach Fidel) University of Alabama men’s tennis team added to its record breaking season Friday defeating Rice 4-1 in the 70th Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. This victory pushes its record to a perfect 13-0, and extends its best start in program history. The win also marks the first victory for the Crimson Tide in the opening round of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic since 2009. Coach George Husack was impressed on how his team battled a tough Rice team, which was the first outdoor match of the season for Alabama. “Rice is the defending champion (of Conference USA) and went toe-to-toe with us. They didn’t back down and we responded with great resolve,” Husack said in a press release. “The weather was also hot and humid which could’ve impacted some of our concentration, but the guys did a super job of staying positive and persistent which led to positive results.” As its done in previous matches, the Crimson Tide won the early point in doubles play. The sophomore duo of Alexey Nesterov and Thibault Cancel sealed the doubles victory for Alabama, defeating Conrad Russell and Jacob Eskeland, 6-4. In singles play, sophomore sensation Edison Ortiz remained undefeated, when he defeated Mohammed Abdel-Aziz 6-2, 6-4. Like he did in doubles play, Cancel clinched the victory, defeating Sumit Sakar 7-5, 6-3, in singles play giving the Crimson...

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