After battling injuries the first two years of his UA career, Graham found himself working both as a starter and reliever last season and ultimately wound up as the Tide's closer down the stretch ... a power-pitcher with a good breaking ball, Graham could be used as a starter or reliever this season ... posted an 8-3 (.727) record with four saves and 4.85 ERA in his UA career, with six wins and four saves coming last year ... stranded 19 of 26 inherited runners in his career, including 19 of 25 last season ... UA is 7-2 (.778) in his nine career starts on the mound.
CUBA FRIENDSHIP TOURNAMENT:
Graham did not see action for the Tide in the three-game exhibition series against Cuba.
CAREER Postseason NOTES:
Graham has appeared in two postseason games and both appearances came during the 2008 season ... he made his postseason debut against LSU at the SEC Tournament in Hoover on May 24 ... he made his NCAA Tournament debut at Coastal Carolina on May 31.
Graham split time between starter and reliever and compiled a 6-2 (.750) record with four saves and 5.25 ERA in a career-high 24 appearances ... he worked 61 2/3 innings and allowed 36 earned runs and 59 hits with 63 strikeouts and 29 walks ... held opponents to a .254 batting average ... stranded 19 of 25 (76 percent) inherited runners ... Alabama was 4-1 (.800) in his five starts ... in SEC play, Graham was 5-1 (.833) with three saves and 6.02 ERA in 15 appearances, including four starts ... Graham opened the season in the Tide bullpen before moving into the starting rotation ... after five starts, including four in SEC play, he moved back to the bullpen and eventually became the Tide's closer ... he was 2-1 with a 5.54 ERA in five starts against Troy, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and LSU ... The Tide went 3-2 (.600) in those five starts ... he was 4-1 with four saves and a 5.05 ERA in 19 relief appearances ... in 35 2/3 innings out of the pen, Graham walked only nine batters ... in his first start against Troy, Graham allowed two unearned runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings as the Tide posted an 8-2 win at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on March 5 ... he made his first career SEC start at No. 4 Kentucky on March 14 ... he earned his first career SEC win against No. 4 Vanderbilt on March 22 ... in the game, he struck out eight Commodores batters in seven innings to snap UA's season-high six-game losing streak ... after four straight SEC starts, Graham returned to the bullpen on April 9 and combined with Miers Quigley to shutout Southeastern Louisiana at Sewell-Thomas Stadium ... Graham had 21 1/3 consecutive innings without a walk from April 9 until May 9, a span of 12 outings ... he turned in four consecutive scoreless relief outings from April 16-23 against Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State (twice) and South Alabama ... he recorded his first career save against arch-rival Auburn on April 24 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium ... also earned saves against Samford, Arkansas and Georgia ... He struck out the side in the ninth inning to preserve key SEC road win against the Razorbacks on May 2 ... picked up key SEC wins against No. 22 Florida on May 11 and at No. 7 Georgia on May 16 ... recorded five strikeouts in two innings of work against the Gators ... made postseason debut against No. 8 LSU at 2008 SEC Tournament at Regions Park in Hoover.
Made one late-season appearance at Mississippi State on May 19 and recorded two outs for the Tide out of the bullpen ... spent the majority of the season rehabbing from an injury ... played briefly for the Concord (Mass.) Quarry Dogs in the New England Collegiate League after the season ... went 0-1 with 0.00 ERA in two starts on the mound ... allowed three hits and one unearned run in nine innings ... also recorded 11 strikeouts ... played on the same summer league team as Tide teammates Del Howell and Jake Smith.
Was off to a promising start before a shoulder injury sustained at South Alabama on March 8 ended his season ... was granted a medical hardship by the NCAA and the SEC ... was 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA in four starts before the injury ... worked 15.2/3 innings and allowed 15 hits, eight runs and five earned runs, with five walks and eight strikeouts ... Alabama was 3-1 (.750) in his four starts on the mound ... suffered a loss in his Alabama debut against No. 26 Winthrop on Feb. 13 ... notched his first collegiate win against Kent State (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) on Feb. 19 ... earned his final win of the season when he held Florida International to two runs and five hits in 5.2/3 innings on Feb. 26.
A 2005 graduate of Spain Park High School in Hoover, Ala. ... a three-year baseball letterman ... played for Coach Casey Dunn and Coach Will Smith ... played on two straight (2002-03) Class 6A state playoff teams ... led Spain Park to back-to-back county championships (2002-03) ... averaged 9.02 strikeouts per seven innings as a senior, with 98 strikeouts in 76 innings ... also hit .364 with eight home runs ... posted 9-1 record with 1.11 ERA and 92 strikeouts during his junior season ... pitched two no-hitters and earned four saves as a junior ... a 2004 All-State selection by The Birmingham News ... played in the 2003 and 2004 Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Baseball Showcase ... also participated in the 2004 East Coast Professional Baseball Showcase ... was also a member of the football team.
Full name is William Austin Graham ... son of Bill and Martha Graham ... has two sisters, McKenzie and Allison.