Baseball Season Opens With First Official Practice on Friday

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Andy Phillips during first practice as an assistant coach at Alabama.
Andy Phillips during first practice as an assistant coach at Alabama.

Jan. 28, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama baseball team took the field for its first practice of the 2011 season on Friday afternoon, the first day allowed for official practice by NCAA rules.

"We had a good first day. The energy was really good, as expected on day one," head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "I thought we were really good offensively. Today was to get us in a rhythm leading into the intrasquads on Saturday and Sunday. The last two weeks went well leading up to today, so the guys came in prepared. Overall, I was pleased with day one."

The 35-player Crimson Tide roster put together a full practice at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Friday afternoon. Alabama will have 21 practice days to prepare for the season opener against Alcorn State on Friday, Feb. 18 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

The Tide returns 15 players, including four position starters and four starting pitchers, from the 2010 team that advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals. Highlighting the list of returners are All-American outfielder Taylor Dugas, starting pitchers Nathan Kilcrease and Adam Morgan and 2010 All-SEC Freshman team selection, outfielder Andrew Miller.

Over the weekend, the team will be on the field both days with practice beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Tide will have intrasquad scrimmages on both days, which are open to the public and free of charge.

"Were going to have an opportunity to see all the pitchers throw this weekend, and were looking for the pitchers to have command and be competitive in the innings they throw," Gaspard said about the expectations for this weekend's intrasquads.

Saturday's game should begin around 11:30 a.m. and Sunday's scrimmage is scheduled for approximately 3 p.m.

Gaspard added, "Defensively, we want to get a good look at our infield. We want to see them make plays and dominate the routine plays. From the offensive side, we want to see the guys get into a good rhythm and get their timing down as we move through these weeks leading into the opener."

The Crimson Tide's season opener is set for Friday, Feb. 18 when Alabama hosts the Alcorn State Braves at 6:05 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. To purchase season tickets for the 33-game 2011 home schedule, call the ticket office at 1.800.TIDETIX or log on to