Author: CW Sports Staff

Alabama rowing begins its 2018 season

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Tyler Martin) Alabama’s rowing team is coming off a strong fall season. It won medals in multiple events including the Head of the Hooch and the Head of the Charles. Back in October, the team’s Club 4+ boat, led by five seniors, set the course record and won gold at the Head of the Charles with a time of 18:02.402, which was 20 seconds faster than the second-place finisher Penn. “The Head of the Charles is one of the most prestigious regattas in the country and to say that you have won or medaled at the event is respected by almost everyone in the rowing community,” said senior Emily Navin, “We had no idea how we would stack up against the competition. For us to come in as the ‘underdog’ and set the course record and get the gold medal for the first time in school history is very important to us.” Navin and the girls will lean on that ‘underdog’ mentality and what they learned in the Head of the Charles to help them well into their spring season where they will attempt to lead Alabama into the NCAA championships. During last year’s Big 12 conference championships, Alabama finished 4th behind Texas, Oklahoma and Tennessee. This team is hoping to achieve even more this season. “Our goal is to medal in the conference championships,” said senior...

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Women’s basketball drops final regular season game at home

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (James Ogletree) On several occasions Thursday night, Alabama women’s basketball had chances to close out the visiting No. 19 Georgia Lady Bulldogs and record a big, bold “W” to catch the eyes of the NCAA Tournament committee. The Crimson Tide could never close the deal, though, going cold at dire moments in the game. For a six-minute stretch from the end of the third quarter to midway through the fourth, the team scored zero points and only got two shots off. After the teams finished regulation deadlocked at 40 points apiece, Alabama endured another ghastly stretch, going 0-for-8 in overtime and handing the game over to Georgia, who gladly accepted, triumphing 49-43. “We just needed a stop there at the end of regulation and we couldn’t get it,” coach Kristy Curry said. “I thought [Georgia was] able to make some plays in overtime and we just weren’t… It’s a back-and-forth game, and sometimes it just is who can make a play at a critical moment.” She added that to fault the players’ effort would be misidentifying the issue, instead saying her players took too long to recover from tough stretches. “Where we need to grow up is when we make a mistake, to learn to play the next play,” Curry said. “Going into overtime, I was disappointed in that ‘look’. We did everything we could to snap...

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Pitching continues to be a focus for Alabama

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Cody Estremera) Alabama’s pitching has been the focus since coach Brad Bohannon took over in June. So far, the staff has made tremendous strides from last year. At this point in the season last year, Alabama walked nine batters, while throwing six wild pitches and hit a batter. This year, its allowed only five walks, two wild pitches and hasn’t hit a batter yet. “That’s [throwing a lot of stikes] been a constant theme of this group since day one, just ‘hey let’s keep this simple and make the other team earn everything they get,’” Bohannon said. “We worked so hard on team defense… If you make the other team string together five or six hits, that’s hard to do.” The returns of right-handed pitcher Brock Love and Garret Rukes were huge for the pitching staff. Rukes, a freshman left-handed pitcher, started the shutout win against Middle Tennessee. He went two innings, allowing just one hit and struck put a two. Love followed him, also throwing two innings and struck out a pair of Blue Raiders’ batters, while allowing two hits. “These guys deserve to be successful,” Bohannon said. “Of all the guys I’ve seen have injuries in the course of my career, they’ve been so diligent in their work ethic to follow their rehab plans. Whether it’s Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, you name it.” Both pitchers...

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Alabama women’s basketball unable to close out No. 19 Georgia

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (James Ogletree) On several occasions, Alabama women’s basketball had chances to close out the visiting No. 19 Georgia Lady Bulldogs and record a ranked win to catch the eyes of the NCAA Tournament committee. The Crimson Tide could never close the deal, though, going cold at dire moments in the game. For a six-minute stretch from the end of the third quarter to midway through the fourth, the team scored zero points and only got two shots off. After the teams finished regulation deadlocked at 40 points apiece, Alabama endured another ghastly stretch, going 0-for-8 in overtime and handing the game over to Georgia, who gladly accepted, triumphing 49-43. “We just needed a stop there at the end of regulation and we couldn’t get it,” head coach Kristy Curry said. “I thought [Georgia was] able to make some plays in overtime and we just weren’t… It’s a back-and-forth game, and sometimes it just is who can make a play at a critical moment.” She added that to fault the players’ effort would be misidentifying the issue, instead saying her players took too long to recover from tough stretches. “Where we need to grow up is when we make a mistake, to learn to play the next play,” Curry said. “Going into overtime, I was disappointed in that ‘look’. We did everything we could to snap them out...

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Gaby Callaway aims for consistency in sophomore season

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Ehsan Kassim) Gaby Callaway felt her freshman season was a rollercoaster. She put a lot of pressure on herself to perform, as she thought would not get an opportunity if she failed. That hurt her consistency. This season, Callaway is focused on being more consistent and has been the cleanup hitter from the Alabama Crimson Tide softball team. Callaway has been playing with a new confidence early on in the new season. “I feel really locked in this year and it just seems like there is a lot less pressure,” Callaway said. “Looking back at last year, it’s obvious you’re going to keep getting at bats. We need all 19. I think that’s what I brought to this year knowing it takes everybody.” Alabama is 5-0 in the games Callaway has started. She had Sunday afternoon off against Baylor as a regular rest day, the lone game Alabama has lost. On the season, she has six hits in 15 at bats, good for a .400 batting average. Callaway has driven in six runs, collected two doubles, a triple, walked twice and struck out just once. “I think I’ve become a better hitter with two strikes,” she said. “I feel like I’ve done a better job, Alyson (Habetz, associate coach ) talks a lot about having a plan at the plate, this year it’s been easier for me...

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