Del Howell is the lone two-way player on the Crimson Tide roster this season ... a tough left-hander, who was named the top prospect in the Texas Collegiate League after an outstanding summer with the McKinney Marshals ... earned TCL All-Star accolades after leading the Marshals to a 26-20 overall regular and the 2008 regular season and playoff championship ... in 14 games, Howell posted a 2-2 record with four saves and 2.41 ERA for the Marshals ... ranked third in the league in saves (4), third in strikeouts (47) and fifth in ERA (2.41) ... worked 33 2/3 innings and allowed nine earned runs and 23 hits, with 19 walks and 47 strikeouts ... held opponents to a .188 batting average ... in his first two seasons at UA, Howell has made eight appearances on the mound with three starts and has compiled a 1-1 record and 8.14 ERA ... his best outing for the Crimson Tide came in the 2008 SEC Tournament, where he allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings in his first career postseason start in a win over Kentucky at Regions Park ... also a candidate for the outfield or designated hitter with power to all fields ... he has six career multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games for the Tide ... 3 for 16 (.188) with two doubles and three RBI as pinch-hitter ... 1 for 9 (.111) with one home run and five RBI with bases loaded.
CUBA FRIENDSHIP TOURNAMENT:
Howell played in all three games of exhibition series against Cuba ... as a hitter, he was 1 for 4 (.250) with one double and one run scored ... went 1 for 3 with double and one run scored as designated hitter in series finale ... his leadoff double in the fifth inning started a five-run rally that gave the Tide a 5-1 lead, its only lead of the series ... also made two appearances on the mound, pitching in the first and third game of the series ... allowed three hits in two scoreless innings of work in series opener and added one walk and two strikeouts ... he was the losing pitcher in series finale as he allowed three runs and three hits in Cuba's decisive six-run, sixth inning.
CAREER Postseason NOTES:
Howell has appeared in five postseason games in his UA career, including three as designated hitter/pinch-hitter and two on the mound ... appeared in four SEC Tournament games and one NCAA Regional game ... hitless in nine career postseason at-bats ... made SEC Tournament debut against Florida at 2007 SEC Tournament in Hoover ... started two SEC Tournament games against Florida (2007) and Kentucky (2008) ... made NCAA Regional debut against East Carolina at 2008 Conway Regional ... both postseason appearances on the mound were starts against Kentucky (2008 SEC Tournament) and East Carolina (2008 NCAA Regional) during 2008 post season ... recorded nine strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings in those two starts ... earned the win in first career postseason start against Kentucky in elimination game of 2008 SEC Tournament ... pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs and seven hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
Appeared in 24 total games for the Crimson Tide ... recorded 17 games and nine starts as an outfielder or DH ... also made seven appearances on the mound with three starts ... hit .186 (8 for 43) with two home runs and 10 RBI ... went 2 for 4 and scored runs in win over Mississippi Valley State on April 8 ... batted .400 (4 for 10) with home run and four RBI in Mississippi State series on April 19-20 ... slugged first career grand slam against Bulldogs in series opener on April 19 ... game-winning two-run double in ninth inning to beat No. 22 Florida at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on May 9 ... smacked three-run home run at No. 6 Georgia on May 16 in helping Tide to series win in Athens ... hit .286 (8 for 43) in SEC play with two home runs and nine RBI ... on the mound, Howell was 1-1 with 6.65 ERA in nine appearances and three starts ... recorded 24 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched ... Alabama was 2-1 (.667) in his three starts on the mound ... allowed all three inherited runners to score ... recorded four strikeouts in two-inning relief stint against Cal Poly on Feb. 23 ... season-high five innings (relief) and eight strikeouts at No. 4 Kentucky on March 15 ... earned first career start against Jacksonville State on March 25 ... made two starts in the postseason against Kentucky and East Carolina ... struck out six batters in 6 1/3 innings to earn win against Kentucky in SEC Tournament elimination game in Hoover ... also made start at NCAA Conway Regional against East Carolina on May 31.
A two-way player, he appeared in 25 games and made 10 starts ... started three different positions, including designated hitter (8), right field (1) and left field (1) ... hit .255 (12 for 47) with one home run and four RBI ... also scored six runs and added three doubles ... hit .207 (6 for 29) in 10 SEC games with one home run and two RBI ... went 2 for 10 (.200) as a pinch-hitter ... recorded a pinch-hit, RBI double in his first collegiate at-bat against Canisius on Feb. 16 ... earned his first career start against Villanova on Feb. 24 ... his first career SEC hit came against LSU on April 1 ... went 2 for 4 and scored one run against South Alabama on April 18 ... turned in his best series of the season against No. 6 Arkansas (May 11-13), batting .444 (4 for 9) with one home run and two RBI ... slugged his first career home run vs. Arkansas on May 12 ... recorded consecutive multi-hit games against the Razorbacks on May 12-13.
One of the most decorated players in the history of Alabama high school baseball ... was a five-year starter and three-time state champion (2004, 2005 and 2006) at American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa ... played for Coach Bart Smelley ... high school teammate of UA catcher Chris Smelley ... named 2006 "Mr. Baseball" by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) ... the 2006 Birmingham News Player of the Year ... the 2006 Tuscaloosa News Player of the Year ... member of the 2006 ASWA "Super 10" Baseball Team ... named to the 2006 Birmingham News Super All-State Team ... a 2006 First-Team All-State selection by The Birmingham News and ASWA ... named to the 2006 Tuscaloosa News "Super 12" Baseball Team ... at one time he held the Alabama state high school record with 541 career strikeouts ... posted a 13-1 record and a 0.18 ERA as senior in 2006 ... allowed 14 hits and struck out 176 batters in 76 1/3 innings on the mound as a senior while averaging 16.14 strikeouts per game ... led the state in ERA and strikeouts and ranked second in wins ... posted back-to-back perfect games in his first two starts in the 2006 Class 1A state playoffs ... the first perfect game, his fourth career no-hitter, came in a 2-0 win over Providence Christian in the first round ... finished that game with 16 strikeouts ... tossed his second straight perfect game and hit three home runs against Maplesville in second round action ... he became the third high school pitcher to produce consecutive perfect games, according to the National Federation of High School Athletic Association, joining Anthony Velazquez (New York, N.Y., 2006) and Mike Bradley (Fort Bragg, Calif., 1991) as the only prep pitchers to achieve the feat ... had a string of 36 consecutive scoreless innings, including seven in the state championship game against Shoals Christian ... he earned a saved in the first game by pitching one inning and won the second game as the Patriots swept the best-of-three series for their third consecutive Class 1A state championship ... the 2006 state champions finished with a 33-4 overall record ... also a threat at the plate where he hit .522 with 22 home runs and 72 RBI as a senior ... part of a ACA squad that set the Alabama state single-season record with 85 home runs in 2006 ... posted a 12-2 record and 1.33 ERA as junior, with 160 strikeouts ... named to the 2005 Birmingham News All-State Team ... a member of the 2005 ASWA All-State Team.
Full name is Paul Wendell Howell ... son of Wendell and Lynne Howell ... has three sisters, Lauren, Audrey and Haleigh.