Crimson Tide looks to continue success on the road in SEC play
CAREER AWARDS 2011 SEC First-Year Honor Roll
JUNIOR (2013) Had a 21 putout performance at No. 5 Louisville, the most of any SEC player in a single game this season, to set a school single-game record ... currently sits fourth all-time among career leaders with 1,140 putouts at Alabama ... was part of 56 double plays in 2013, third in Alabama all-time single-season history and third in the SEC in 2013 ... ranked seventh in the SEC in home runs (7) and was 11th in the conference with 15 doubles ... led the Tide with seven home runs, 15 doubles and a .452 slugging percentage ... finished the conference schedule tied for the team lead in doubles (7) and home runs (3), with a .241 batting average against SEC opponents ... hit .333 in seven postseason games, as five of his eight hits in the postseason were extra base hits ... also walked three times and was hit by a pitch for a team-best .429 on-base percentage in the postseason ... hit .364 (4-for-11) in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, with a home run, two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored in the three games ... was 4-for-13 (.308) in the SEC Tournament, with a double, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored ... had 16 multi-hit games, including seven three-hit games ... had eight multi-RBI games, five of which he finished with three RBI ... delivered the game-winning RBI in four games and scored the game-winning run twice ... longest hitting streak of the season was seven games, had a season-long streak of eight straight games where he reached base safely and went 24 straight games without committing an error defensively ... had a hit in all three games of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional ... was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk in the final game of the season against No. 26 Troy (6.2) ... was 1-for-3 with a RBI, a double and a sacrifice fly against Savannah State (6.1) ... opened the regional with a 1-for-4 game against No. 26 Troy (5.31), that included his seventh home run of the season ... was 3-for-4 with a RBI, a run scored and a double in Alabama's 6-3 win over Auburn (5.21) to open the SEC Tournament ... was 1-for-3 with a triple, a RBI and a run scored in UA's 5-2 SEC Tournament win over No. 18 Mississippi (5.23) ... registered a double, a couple of singles, a stolen base, a pair of runs scored and an RBI as part of Alabama's 10-run eruption at No. 1 Vanderbilt (5.18) ... reached base in each game of the Missouri series, and was the hero in the finale (5.12) with a walk-off double in the ninth to cap off a three-run rally ... reached base four times in the victory over No. 25 Troy (5.8) on a RBI double and three walks, one of which forced in a run ... finished the doubleheader at No. 15 Mississippi State (5.4) with two home runs, stroking one in each game ... went 5-for-14 (.357) on the weekend after posting two multi-hit games ... posted his team-leading fifth three-hit game of the year to key the offense at Southern Mississippi (4.24) with a double and a pair of singles to go along with three RBI and two runs scored ... had his 10th multi-hit game and fourth three-hit game of the year in the series finale at No. 18 Mississippi (4.14) ... was part of the big sixth inning versus Southeastern Louisiana (4.2), ripping his third home run of the season to drive in three runs ... keyed the Tide offense in the series opener at Auburn (3.28), stroking his second home run of the year, to go along with two singles and two RBI ... also recorded an RBI-single in games two and three of the Auburn series ... had his second straight three-hit game versus Jacksonville State (3.20), with two singles and a double, with a run scored, two RBI, a walk and a stolen base ... notched a career-high in total bases at Samford (3.19) with seven total bases, after going 3-for-3 with a single, a double and a home run, also had a career-high three runs scored and three RBI ... got a hit in each game of the Tennessee series, including a multi-hit performance for Saturday's game ... had a walk to set up a run scored in a three-run first inning versus Memphis (3.13) ... contributed a walk and two runs scored in the final game of the Louisville series (3.10) ... led the Tide offensively versus Auburn (3.5), reaching base twice on an RBI double and a walk ... went 5-for-11 in the Tulane series, including a 2-for-4 performance in the series finale (3.3), with two runs scored, three RBI and a HBP ... reached base three times versus Samford (2.26), going 2-for-3 with a walk and a RBI ... had his breakout series against FAU, getting his first hit of the season on a game-tying RBI single in the series opener ... had a strong game in the second game at FAU (2.23), going 2-for-3 with a walk ... got the start at designated hitter versus No. 21 Southern Mississippi and posted a run scored.
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.