Alabama Baseball Summer Update

July 9, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - This summer, 14 players from the current Alabama baseball team roster continue to play in five different leagues across the country. Six guys are playing in the prestigious Cape Cod League, four are in the Northwoods League, two are in the Texas Collegiate League and one is playing in the New England Collegiate League and the Florida Collegiate League.

The six players in the Cape Cod League are Ben Moore, Keaton Haack, Spencer Turnbull, Kyle Overstreet, Jon Keller and Justin Kamplain.

Ben Moore is hitting .254 with one home run and a team-high tying 11 RBI in 18 games for the Harwich Mariners. Moore has been playing in right field for the Mariners and had a break out game on July 3, when he went 4-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored against Brewster. Keaton Haack has made three appearances for the Mariners, all as a starter. He has a 0-2 record with a 4.26 ERA in 12.2 innings pitched, while striking out eight and walking 10.

Spencer Turnbull has made three appearances with two starts for the Wareham Gatemen, posting a 0-1 record with a 6.13 ERA. He has allowed 13 hits, walked seven and struck out two batters in 7.1 innings.

Alabama Gold Glove second baseman Kyle Overstreet is hitting .167, with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored in 17 games for the Brewster Whitecaps. Justin Kamplain is 1-1 in four appearances and three starts for Brewster. Kamplain has 20 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched, while allowing three earned runs for a 1.28 ERA. Back on June 19, Kamplain and fellow UA teammate Jon Keller combined to shutout Hyannis Harbor Hawks. Kamplain blanked the Harbor Hawks for the first six innings before Keller closed the door with three scoreless innings in relief. For the summer season, Keller has appeared in six games with two starts and has a 0-1 record with a 3.17 ERA.

A late arrival to the Cape, Mikey White (Wareham Gatemen) had a .250 batting average (8-for-32) with two doubles and three RBI in nine games, before returning to Tuscaloosa on July 6.

Of the four players competing in the Northwoods League, Alabama outfielders Georgie Salem and Ryan Blanchard continue to have a good summer season for the Alexandria Blue Anchors. Salem leads the team with a .384 batting average, with two home runs, 11 RBI, 18 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. Blanchard is hitting .347 with three home runs and is fourth on the team with 17 RBI. He also has six doubles, has scored 14 runs and stole six bases.

After redshirting the 2013 season at Alabama, Mathew Goodson is hitting .229 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 26 games for the Battle Creek Bombers. Goodson also has six doubles and 11 runs scored. Daniel Cucjen is also a member of the Bombers and has a .188 average with four RBI in 27 games.

In the Texas Collegiate League, Chance Vincent continues to have a good summer for the Acadiana Cane Cutters. After posting seven hits in 10 at-bats in two games against the Victoria Generals, Vincent is hitting .323 in 25 games this summer. He has a home run, seven doubles, 14 RBI and 16 runs scored, while striking out 12 times in 96 at-bats. UA redshirt Colton Freeman has been spending most of his playing time in the outfield for the Cane Cutters, and is hitting .290 with five RBI and seven runs scored.

Mike Oczypok has made two starts for the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs of the Florida Collegiate League, posting a 0-1 record with a 1.80 ERA in five innings. Mitch Greer threw a total of 14.1 innings, making five appearances and three starts for Winter Park. Greer had a 0-1 record with a 5.65 ERA, before leaving the team in early July with shoulder stiffness.

Alabama lefty Taylor Guilbeau is also spending his summer in the northeast, playing for the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate League. Guilbeau has three appearances and two starts, posting a 1-0 record with a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings.   

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