Crimson Tide defeats Tigers 4-3 for first win over top-five opponent in two years
The second game of the season between Crimson Tide and Blazers set for 6:05 PM
Crimson Tide leaves nine runners in scoring position in loss to Mississippi
Crimson Tide held to two hits in the game but leaves nine on base
Crimson Tide looks to continue success on the road in SEC play
SOPHOMORE (2012): Had 39 starts in 45 games played, with 30 of those starts coming at first base ... hit .240 with 23 RBI, six doubles and three home runs ... had seven multi-hit games and was third on the team with seven multi-RBI games ... hit .226 during SEC play, with three doubles, one home run and 14 RBI ... in the series finale against Georgia (May 19), had two hits with one run and one RBI ... went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs, and his third home run of the season against Troy (May 15) ... posted three hits, two runs and one RBI in the weekend series at Kentucky ... delivered a game-winning, walk-off two-run double in the 8-7 win over Mississippi State (May 6) ... went 3-for-11 with three runs scored, two RBI and two walks in the series at South Carolina ... hit his second home run of the season at Samford (April 24), finishing the night 1-for-4 with two RBI ... hit his first home run of the season, a two-out, three-run walk-off home run in an 8-6 win over Vanderbilt (April 22) ... finished the series against Vandy with a .363 average (4-for-11) and six RBI ... had an RBI a hit and a walk at South Alabama (April 3) ... had three hits, one run and two doubles in the series against Mississippi ... walked as pinch-hitter against Samford (March 14), bringing home a run in the ninth inning comeback win ... was 1-for-3 against East Carolina (March 9) hitting a double and scoring a run ... scored a run on one hit with one RBI in the second game of the series at Tulane (March 3)... started as the designated hitter against South Alabama, posting his only triple of the season and the fourth of his career ... scored one run with two RBI in the series opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff ... scored in the first game of the opening series against FAU while also recording two hits in the series.
FRESHMAN (2011): Named to the 2011 SEC First-Year Honor Roll ... made a major impact in his first season ... saw action in all 63 games, starting 59 ... was one of only three players who played all 63 games (Taylor Dugas, Jared Reaves) ... finished the season hitting .297 while knocking in 44 RBI and crossing the plate for 25 runs while hitting five homers and stealing seven bases ... also walked 23 times as part of a .385 on-base percentage that ranked fourth on the team ... started all 30 games of SEC play and knocked in 19 RBI during that time to lead the team ... also hit .312 to rank second on the team in that category during SEC play ... Tallahassee Regional: went 6-for-16 with three runs and five RBI while walking once, getting hit by a pitch and stealing a base ... slugged a stout .625 for the four games ... SEC Tournament: was 2-for-11 (.182) in his first SEC Tournament ... drove in the team's only run against Arkansas on May 27 ... scored a run in the opening win over Arkansas (May 25) ... South Carolina: went 3-for-11 with one run, an RBI and a walk in the three games ... Auburn: went 4-for-12 with two RBI and two walks ... LSU: went 4-for-10 with five RBI, hitting his fourth home run of the season in game three (his second grand slam of the season) ... Mississippi State: Went 3-for-11 with four walks while stealing two bases in the series ... Southern Mississippi: reached base all five times in the game, going 2-for-2 with one run and three walks ... Florida: went 4-for-11 with one RBI in the series ... Tennessee: went 4-for-9 with two runs and two walks in the series, highlighted by a big day in game one (April 14), going 3-for-5 with two runs ... MVSU: was 3-for-5 with three runs, four RBI, two walks, a hit-by-pitch, a stolen base, including a home run and a double in game two ... Vanderbilt: had a hit and two walks in the series ... Arkansas: had a standout weekend that included batting 4-for-12 with a double, triple, two runs, five RBI and a stolen base ... Kentucky: started all three games at first, hitting .455 (5-for-11) with one run, a walk, a hit by pitch, and four RBI ... Jacksonville State: was 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI as the starting first baseman ... UAB: went 3-for-4 with two RBI ... Mississippi: Started all three games at first base, posting two hits in the series ... Auburn (Riverwalk): Started in left field, was 1-for-4 from the plate, driving in Alabama's only run of the game with a single in the first inning ... Eastern Illionis: was 3-for-11 in the series that included a leadoff triple in the bottom of the ninth, setting up the game-winning run ... Northwestern State: Appeared in three games, starting the final two games of the series in left field, going 3-for-7 with four RBI and two walks (two of his three hits were doubles) ... USA Classic: saw action in all three games, starting the bookends of the series in right field (3-for-8 with three runs and a RBI) ... hit his second home run of the season versus Central Florida ... Alabama State: made the start at first base, going 1-for-3 with five RBI and a grand slam (was then HBP in his following two at-bats) ... Alcorn State: played in three games, starting one as the designated hitter, with two RBI and two walks in his first series in a Tide uniform ... a run and a walk in his Alabama debut as a starter (Feb. 19).
HIGH SCHOOL: Selected in the 48th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the New York Mets ... was a 2010 first team All-Florida Region selection by Perfect Game USA ... attended numerous national showcases during his prep career ... participated in the 2009 Perfect Game National Showcase at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, where he was rated the No. 214 prospect at the invitation-only event ... also invited to the 2008 East Coast Professional Showcase, 2009 Tournament of Stars (Cary, N.C.), 2008 and 2009 WWBA Perfect Game Showcase (Jupiter, Fla.) ... three-year starter at Pensacola Catholic High School ... three-time all-state selection ... three-time All-Northwest Florida selection ... 2008 and 2009 Northwest Florida Player of the Year ... in his three-year career, hit .421 (116-for-276) with 15 home runs and 97 RBI ... scored 110 runs and added 25 doubles plus one triple ... as a junior, Smith hit .451 (41-for-91) in 32 games with five home runs and 32 RBI ... scored 44 runs and added eight doubles ... named MVP of the 2009 Westminster Classic in Miami ... led 2009 team to a 27-5 overall record and 6-0 mark in class 3A, District I play to extend district winning streak to 18 games over three seasons ... hit .431 (44-for-102) as a sophomore, with eight home runs and 43 RBI in 31 games ... scored 38 runs and tallied 11 doubles ... led the Crusaders to a school-record 28 wins (28-5) ... finished the season ranked eighth in the ESPN Rise Poll, 12th in USA Today, 11th by MaxPreps and 15th by Baseball America and rivals.com ... played in 28 games as a freshman and hit .373 (31-for-83) with two home runs and 22 RBI, while adding 28 runs, six doubles and one triple ... 2007 Crusaders went 21-9 (6-0 mark in District 1 play) ... high school coach was Richard LaBounty.
PERSONAL: Full name Austen Taylor Smith ... born on Jan. 2, 1992 ... son of Billy and Johanna Smith ... majoring in commerce sciences.