Alabama Baseball Announces Early Signing Class

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Nov. 17, 2009

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama baseball program has signed 10 players to national letters of intent during the Nov. 11-18 early signing period, head coach Mitch Gaspard announced Tuesday.

The list includes right-hand pitcher Cary Baxter, outfielder Reggie Golden, shortstop Matt Lipka, first baseman/left-hand pitcher Patrick McGavin, catcher Ladson Montgomery, infielder/right-hand pitcher Wes Mugarian, right-hand pitcher/catcher Case Nixon, right-hand pitcher Jay Shaw, first baseman/third baseman Austen Smith and outfielder Jeremiah Tullidge.

“We feel like this is certainly a top-notch class,” Alabama head baseball coach Mitch Gaspard said. “There was a lot of time and effort from our recruiting coordinator Dax Norris and Coach (Kyle) Bunn coming in and helped solidify this class.  The way the recruiting process is now; this has been a year-and-half putting this class together. Having an older team this year is going to help us build and have a great core of young players coming in next fall.  It’s a talented group that’s been compiled and we’re excited and looking forward to have these young men become a part of the Alabama baseball family and develop them as students and baseball players.”

The signing class includes six different high school All-Americans, including four Under Armour All-Americans (Golden, Lipka, Montgomery and Nixon), two AFLAC High School All-Americans (Golden and Lipka) and one Perfect Game USA All-American (Mugarian).  The class also boasts two Team USA gold medal winners (Montgomery and Lipka), eight players who participated in the invitation-only National Perfect Game Showcase at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn., and six all-state selections.

Alabama signed eight players who attended the invitation-only 2009 Perfect Game National Showcase at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.  Four of the players were ranked among the top 100 high school players in the country and six were ranked among the 165 best prep players, according to PG Cross Checker. The class represents four different states, including Alabama (6), Florida (3), Texas (1) and Georgia (1).

“As you can see, it’s a highly-rated class with some of the elite players across the country,” Gaspard said. “With that you sort of have high risk, high reward. Obviously the summertime we could be on eggshells seeing what some of these guys will do.  Many of these players will be drafted professionally and have to make a decision as to which direction they want to go. Considering so many of them are outstanding students and education is so important to them, we feel like the high majority of these guys will attend the University of Alabama.”

Baxter is a right-hand pitcher and infielder from Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham. He is a two-sport star for the Eagles and three-year starter in both baseball and basketball.  Last year as a junior, he posted a 5-2 record with one save and 1.62 ERA, while hitting .316 with four home runs and 17 RBI. He is a two-time selection to the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association (AlaBCA) Showcase. He averaged 11.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a junior and recently scored a career-high 35 points in a win over Woodlawn. His high school coach is Shelton Stall.

Golden, an outfielder from Wetumpka High School was selected as a 2009 AFLAC and Under Armor All-American.  He is rated as the No. 23 prep prospect in the nation, according to PG Cross Checker. In his three-year career, Golden has compiled a .407 batting average with 31 home runs and 132 RBI.  He has scored 108 runs and is a perfect 48-for-48 in stolen bases in his high school career.  Golden homered in the 2009 Under Armor All-American Game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field this past summer. His high school coach is Ray Mullino.

Lipka, an infielder and right-hand pitcher from McKinney High School in Frisco, Texas, is a two-time prep All-American and gold medal winner with Team USA Baseball.  Lipka is a 2010 Under Armor Preseason All-American selection after being named to the 2009 AFLAC All-American squad following his junior season.  He is rated the No. 31 prep prospect in the nation, according to PG Crosschecker.  Lipka has compiled a .400 batting average with 18 home runs and 72 RBI during his prep career.  He won a gold medal with Team USA (16-and-under) at the 2008 COPABE Youth National Championship in Veracruz, Mexico. His high school coach is Jeremy Price.

McGavin, a left-hand pitcher and first baseman at Spanish Fort High School, was a preseason 2009 preseason Under Armor and Perfect Game All-American.  He is rated as the No. 163 prep prospect by PG Crosschecker and has enjoyed an outstanding prep career.  He has played in 122 games at Spanish Fort HS and has compiled a .340 average with 11 home runs and 88 RBI.  On the mound, he is 24-6 (.800) with a 2.45 ERA in 45 games during his three-year career.  McGavin holds nine single-season and career records at Spanish Fort HS, including career hits (127), career doubles (38) , career RBI (88), career starts on the mound (32), career wins (24) and innings pitched (191).  His high school coach is Justin Moore.

Montgomery, a standout catcher from Creekside High School in Jacksonville, Fla., has won two gold medals with Team USA during the last two summers.  He was on the 16-and-under gold medal winning team that beat Venezuela to capture the 2008 COPABE Youth National Championship in Veracruz, Mexico.  One year later, he was on the gold medal winning team that beat Cuba in the 2009 COPABE “AAA” Pan American Junior Championships in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He is rated at the No. 165th prep prospect in the nation by PG Crosschecker.  The 2009 St. Augustine (Fla.) Record Player of the Year, Montgomery hit .487 with 35 RBI and 21 stolen bases as a junior.

Mugarian is another high school All-American and was rated was the No. 100 high school player by PG Crosschecker at the National Perfect Game Showcase.  The right-hander has compiled a 16-0 record and 1.19 ERA during his last two seasons at Pensacola Catholic High School.  In 113 innings, he has recorded 192 strikeouts.  As an infielder, he has hit .384 with five home runs and 44 RBI over the last two seasons. Last year as a junior, he was 9-0 with 0.75 ERA and was named the Pensacola News Journal "Pitcher of the Year" and the Panhandle Sports Broadcasting's "Pitcher of the Year".  He is a high school teammate of fellow UA signee Austen Smith.  His high school coach is Richard LaBounty.

Nixon has enjoyed a fine career at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he has excelled as a right-hand pitcher and catcher for the Patriots.  He is a 2010 Under Armour preseason All-American after a solid junior season, where he played in the 2009 Under Armour All-American Game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.  Nixon has attended numerous high school showcases, including the 2009 Perfect Game National Showcase at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn., and the 2008 and 2009 East Coast Showcase at Tigertown in Lakeland, Fla.  He is rated as the No. 77 high school player in the country by PG Crosschecker.  In his three-year career at Hillcrest, Nixon has appeared in 28 games and has recorded 135 strikeouts in 101 1/3 innings on the mound.  His high school coach is Todd Agee.

Shaw, a right-hand pitcher from Russell County High School, is another of the nation’s top high school prospects, having attended three major showcases in his career.  He was one of eight UA signees to participate in the 2009 Perfect Game National Showcase at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.  He has also attended the 2008 Perfect Game Southeast Underclassmen Showcase and the 2008 Perfect Game National Underclassmen Showcase in Ft. Myers, Fla. Shaw has compiled a 14-3 record the last two seasons and recorded 139 strikeouts in 102 1/3 innings on the mound. His high school coach is Tony Rasmus.

Smith, an infielder from Pensacola Catholic High School, is another highly-rated prospect. He has attended numerous national showcases during his prep career, including the 2009 Perfect Game National Showcase, the 2008  East Coast Professional Showcase, 2009 Tournament of Stars (Cary, N.C.) and 2008 and 2009 WWBA Perfect Game Showcase (Jupiter, Fla.).  He was rated as the No. 214 high school player in the country by PG Crosschecker.  During his three-year prep career, Smith has hit .421 with 15 home runs and 97 RBI for the Crusaders.  He was the 2008 and 2009 Northwest Florida Player of the Year.  He hit .451 (41-for-91) in 32 games as a junior, with five home runs and 32 RBI.  He is a high school teammate of fellow UA signee John Mugarian.  His high school coach is Richard LaBounty.

Tullidge is a two-sport star at Tuscaloosa Academy High School.  He is a three-year starter on the diamond as an outfielder, shortstop and pitcher.  He played 27 games as a junior and hit .453 (34-for-75) with nine home runs and 27 RBI, while adding 42 runs scored, seven doubled and five triples.  He led the Knights in slugging percentage (1.040) and on-base percentage (.583) and was 17-for-19 in stolen bases. Tullidge made 10 appearances on the mound and posted a 7-2 record, with six compete games in his nine starts for the Knights. He was also a standout prep quarterback, where he set school records with 496 career completions, 5,391 career passing yards and 78 career touchdowns. His older brother, James, is a sophomore pitcher on the Crimson Tide baseball team.  His high school baseball coach is John Rushing.

Here are the bios fo the Crimson Tide's 2010 early signing class:

Cary Baxter – A two-sport star at Oak Mountain High School, Baxter plays both baseball and basketball for the Eagles … he is a three-year starter in both sports heading into his senior season … he is a two-time selection to the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association (AlaBCA) Showcase (2008 and 2009) … participated in numerous prep showcases around the southeast … 2009 All-Shelby County selection … on the diamond, Baxter went 5-2 with one save and 1.62 ERA last season … he worked 52 innings and allowed 12 earned runs and 41 hits and recorded 60 strikeouts … also held opponents to a .199 batting average … he accounted for nearly one-third of team’s wins, pitching for a team that finished the season with a 16-12 record in Class 6A, Region 10, which is one of the state’s toughest regions, which includes Hoover, Spain Park, Pelham and Thompson … as a hitter, Baxter played in 29 games and hit .316 (30-for-95) with four home runs and 17 RBI, while adding 18 runs, seven doubles and two triples … as a junior in basketball, Baxter averaged 11.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in 2009 … he scored a career-high 35 points in a game last week against Woodlawn … he is an outstanding student, with a 4.0 grade point average and a 30 ACT score … he is also eligible for Presidential Academic Scholarship from the University of Alabama … his high school baseball coach is Shelton Stall.

Reggie Golden – An All-American selection, Golden played in both the AFLAC All-American All-Star Game and Under Armour All-American All-Star Game last summer … he homered in the Under Armour All-American game at Wrigley Field in Chicago … went 1-for-2 for the East squad in the AFLAC All-American game on Aug. 16, at San Diego’s PETCO Park … he was also selected to participate in the 2009 Perfect Game National Showcase at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn., where he was rated as the No. 23 high school prospect at the invitation-only event … named to the 2009 Birmingham News All-State team … named to the 2009 Alabama Sportswriters Association All-State team …  named MVP of the 2008 Alabama North-South High School All-Star Game at Huntsville’s Joe Davis Stadium … a three-year starter at Wetumpka High School … Golden has played in 101 games over the last three seasons and has hit a whopping .407 (122-for-300) with 31 home runs and 132 RBI, while adding 118 runs, 31 doubles and one triple … he is a perfect 48-for-48 in stolen bases in his career with the Indians … as a junior, Golden played in 30 games for Wetumpka HS … batted .458 (38-for-83) with nine home runs and 30 RBI, while adding 38 runs and 12 doubles … was a perfect 18-for-18 in stolen bases … recorded 13 multi-hit and eight multi-RBI games … went 3-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI against Montgomery’s Loveless Academic Magnet School on Feb. 24 … went 3-for-3 with double, home run and four RBI in an 11-9 win over eventual state champion Auburn on April 9 … led the Indians to a 25-5 overall record, including a 5-4 mark in Class 6A, Region 8 play … in 2008, Golden played in 35 games as a sophomore … he batted .459 (51-for-111) with 11 home runs and 53 RBI, while adding 44 runs and 11 doubles … he was a perfect 18-for-18 in stolen bases … recorded 18 multi-hit and 15 multi-RBI games … he went 3-for-3 with a double, two home runs and five RBI in 6-2 win over Elmore County on March 29 … also went 3-for-3 with four runs scored, one double, two home runs and four RBI in 15-11 win over Russell County on April 9 … led team to a 26-11 record, including a 12-game winning streak during the season … posted an 8-1 record in Class 6A, Region 8 play to advance to the state playoffs for the second straight year, beating Elmore County in the first round before losing to McGill-Toolen in round two … in 2007, Golden played in 36 games as a freshman and hit .406 (43-for-106) with 11 home runs and 49 RBI, while adding 36 runs, eight doubles and one triple … was 12-for-12 on the base paths … had 12 multi-hit games and 14 multi RBI games … he went 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI in 19-1 win over Chilton County on March 27 … also went 2-for-3 with two runs, two home run and three RBI in 8-0 win over Sidney Lanier on April 13 … led his team to a 29-8 overall record, including a 7-2 mark in Class 6A, Region 8 play … advanced to playoffs and posted first-round series win over Beauregard, before losing to Prattville in second round … his high school coach is Ray Mullino.

Matt Lipka – A high school All-American … 2010 Under Armour Preseason All-American … 2009 AFLAC All-American … played in 2009 AFLAC All-American Game at San Diego’s PETCO Park, where he scored two runs for the West team in the game … selected as a 2009 preseason All-American by Perfect Game All-America … member of the Gold Medal winning Team USA (16-and-under) at the 2008 COPABE Youth National Championship in Veracruz, Mexico … selected a Team USA Trails invitee for the 18-and-under team in 2009 … participated in the Tournament of Stars in Cary, N.C., and played on the Babe Ruth Team that won the overall championship … participated in the 2009 Perfect Game National Showcase at the HHH Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn. … rated the No. 31 prospect at the invitation-only event … member of the 2009 Texas Rangers All-Area Code Team … participated in the 2008 and 2009 Texas Scout Association All-Star Classic … led McKinney High School to three straight District 4-A titles … a three-time All-Collin County (2007-09) selection … compiled a .400 batting average with 18 home runs and 72 RBI in his prep career at McKinney High School … also added 77 runs scored, 18 doubles and three triples, while compiling a .726 slugging percentage and a .579 on-base mark  ... on the mound, he has compiled a 10-3 career record and 1.43 ERA … as a junior, he hit .378 (28-for-74) with nine home runs and 26 RBI, while adding 33 runs scored and nine doubles … also compiled a whopping .813 slugging percentage … 2009 District 4-A Player of the Year … named to the 2009 ESPN Rise DFW All-Area Team … as a sophomore, he hit .375 (30-for-80) with four home runs and 24 RBI, while adding 22 runs scored, four doubles and three triples … named the 2008 Offensive Player of the Year … as a freshman, he hit .452 (33-for-73) with five home runs and 22 RBI, while adding 22 runs scored and six doubles in 2007 … also a standout wide receiver and return specialist on football team … four-year football letterman … compiled 140 receptions for 2,893 yards and 43 TDs in his prep career … a three-time All-District 4-A selection .. his high school baseball coach is Jeremy Price.

Patrick McGavin – A preseason All-American with high-level experience in some of the nation’s top baseball showcases …
2009 Perfect Game USA preseason All-American selection … 2009 Under Armour preseason All-American … also participated in the 2009 Perfect Game National Showcase at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn … rated the No. 162 prospect at the invitation-only event … 2009 Alabama Sportswriters Association All-State selection … enjoying an outstanding career as two-way star at Spanish Fort High School … a three-time (2007, 2008 and 2009) All-Baldwin County selection … 2009 Mobile Press Register All-Region Team … played in the 2009 North-South High School All-Star Game at Huntsville’s Joe Davis Stadium … named to the 2008 Alabama Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Team … he holds nine single-season and career records, including career hits (127), career doubles (38) , career RBI (88), career starts on the mound (32), career wins (24) and innings pitched (191) … he has played in 122 career games and owns a .340 average (127-for-374) with 11 home runs and 88 RBI, while adding 38 doubles …  on the mound, McGavin has compiled a 24-6 (.800) record and 2.82 ERA in 45 career games … he has worked 191 innings and logged an impressive 217 strikeouts … as a junior, he hit .380 with five home runs and 22 RBI, while adding 10 doubles … on the mound he was 7-1 with a 2.05 ERA and recorded 72 strikeouts … also named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2007 Babe Ruth World Series and Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 Hank Aaron High School Classic … an outstanding student and is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Eastern Shore Leadership Council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes … his high school coach is Justin Moore.
Ladson Montgomery – Brings a wealth of international and showcase experience to the Capstone … played on two Gold Medal winning teams for Team USA Baseball in 2008 and 2009 … played on Team USA 16-and-under squad in 2008 and Team USA 18-and-under squad in 2009 … member of the Gold Medal winning Team USA (16-and-under) at the 2008 COPABE Youth National Championship in Veracruz, Mexico … in three games, Montgomery batted .364 (4-for-11) with three RBI and four runs scored … Team USA posted a 14-3 win over Venezuela in the championship game … member of Gold Medal winning Team (18-and-under) at the 2009 COPABE “AAA” Pan American Junior Championships in Barquisimeto, Venezuela … played in four games and hit .417 (5-for-12) with two RBI, three doubles and six runs scored as the USA posted an 8-0 record … Team USA defeated Cuba 6-1 in the championship game … he also hit .286 with one double and two RBI at the Team USA Trails in Cary, N.C., which were held in September … also participated in the 2009 Perfect Game National Showcase at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn., where he was rated as the No. 165 prospect at the invitation-only event … three-year starter for the Creekside Knights … as a junior, he hit .487 with 35 RBI and 21 stolen bases … named the 2009 St. Augustine (Fla.) Record Player of the Year … 2009 St. John’s County Player of the Year … 2009 Creekside High School Male Athlete of the Year … 2009 Creekside High School Offensive Player of the Year … 2009 FCAC First-Team All-District V catcher … his high school coach is Luke Marabell.

Wes Mugarian – Participated in the 2009 Perfect Game National Showcase at the HHH Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.  … rated the No. 100 prospect at the invitation-only event … a three-year player and two-year starter at Pensacola Catholic High School, where is a teammate of fellow UA signee Austen Smith … posted a 16-0 record and 1.19 ERA during his sophomore and junior seasons, with 192 strikeouts in 113 innings on the mound … also hit .384 during his first two seasons with five home runs and 44 RBI, while adding 11 doubles … as a junior, Mugarian was named First-Team Perfect Game USA Preseason All-American … named the Pensacola News Journal "Pitcher of the Year" and First-Team All-Area player for the second year in a row … also named the Panhandle Sports Broadcasting's "Pitcher of the Year" and First-Team All-Area squad … posted a 9-0 record with a 0.75 ERA … he struck out 107 batters in 55 2/3 innings … as the team’s starting shortstop, Mugarian his .432 with one home run and 20 RBI, while adding five doubles … struck out 19 batters in a 7-inning complete-game victory over Owensboro (Ky.) Catholic … struck out the first five batters in a game on 15 pitches vs. Northview (Mobile, Ala.) High School … threw a no-hitter against McGill-Toolen (Mobile, Ala.) High School … Catholic High finished the season with a 27-5 overall record and a 6-0 mark in District I action … as a sophomore, Mugarian was a Third-Team All-State selection and First-Team All-Area pick … posted a 7-0 record and 1.71 ERA on the mound … added 85 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings … also hit .357 with four home runs and 24 RBI, while adding six doubles … set Westminster Classic Tourney record with 17 strikeouts … named the Florida High School Baseball Report's "Player of the Week" following that performance … in 2008, he helped Pensacola Catholic to a school record 28 wins and 6-0 mark in league play … the Crusaders finished the season ranked 8th in the ESPN Rise Poll, 12th in USA Today, 11th by MaxPreps and 15th by Baseball America and Rivals.com … his high school coach is Richard LaBounty.

Case Nixon – Nixon has enjoyed a fine career at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he has excelled as a right-hand pitcher and catcher for the Patriots … he is a 2010 Under Armour preseason All-American … he played in the 2009 Under Armor All-American Game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field … attended numerous high school showcases, including 2009 Perfect Game National Showcase at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn., and the 2008 and 2009 East Coast Showcase at Tigertown in Lakeland, Fla. … rated as the No. 77 high school player in the country by PG Crosschecker … during his three year career at Hillcrest, Nixon has appeared in 28 games and has recorded 135 strikeouts in 101 1/3 innings on the mound … last year as a junior, he threw a one-hitter in the Patriots 12-1 win over rival Hoover … he was the only freshman member of the 2007 Class 6A state championship team and pitched against Hoover, Cullman and Oak Mountain, all of whom were ranked No.1 in the state at the time of the game … his high school coach is Todd Agee.

Jay Shaw – One of the nation’s top prospects, having attended three major high school showcases the last two summers … Shaw was one of eight UA signees to participate in the 2009 Perfect Game National Showcase at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.  … in the summer of 2008, he was named the top prospect in the Perfect Game Southeast Underclassmen Showcase … he later participated in the Perfect Game National Underclassmen Showcase in Ft. Myers, Fla. … a right-hand pitcher from Russell County High School, traditionally one of the top-rated high school programs in the state of Alabama … compiled a 14-3 record on the mound during his 10th and 11th grade seasons at Russell County High School … Shaw recorded 139 strikeouts in 102 1/3 innings over the last two seasons … as a junior, he posted an 8-2 record and 1.25 ERA for the Warriors … he recorded 78 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings … he also played for the well-known East Cobb Braves this past summer, winning the 2009 18-and-under WWBA National Championship (194-team field) … he posted a 9-1 record this summer and a 2.50 ERA … as a sophomore, Shaw compiled a 6-1 record and 2.60 ERA with four saves … he recorded 61 strikeouts in 47 innings on the mound … his high school coach is Tony Rasmus.

Austen Smith – Another highly-rated prospect, Smith attended numerous national showcases during his prep career … he participated in the 2009 Perfect Game National Showcase at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn., 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.) … a three-year starter at Pensacola Catholic High School, where is a teammate of fellow UA signee Wes Mugarian … 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, Smith is hitting .421 (116-for-276) with 15 home runs and 97 RBI … he has scored 110 runs and added 25 doubles and one triple … last year as a junior, Smith hit .451 (41-for-91) in 32 games with five home runs and 32 RBI … he scored 44 runs and added eight doubles ... named MVP of the 2009 Westminster Classic in Miami … led 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 the last three seasons … as a sophomore, he hit .431 (44-for-102) with eight home runs and 43 RBI in 31 games … also scored 38 runs and tallied 11 doubles … led the Crusaders to a school record 28 wins with a 28-5 overall record … finished the season ranked 8th in the ESPN Rise Poll, 12th in USA Today, 11th by MaxPreps and 15th by Baseball America and Rivals.com … as a freshman, Smith played in 28 games and hit .373 (31-for-83) with two home runs and 22 RBI , while adding 28 runs, six doubles and one triple … led the Crusaders to 21-9 record, including a 6-0 mark in District 1 play in 2007 … his high school coach is Richard LaBounty.

Jeremiah Tullidge – A two-sport start at Tuscaloosa Academy … a three-year starter at quarterback and two-year starter (entering senior season) as outfielder for the Knights … Tullidge has racked up numerous prep honors during his football and baseball career for the Knights …named to the 2008 Alabama AISA All-State team, the 2008 Tuscaloosa News Player of the Year, the 2008 Tuscaloosa News Elite 11 and the 2008 Tuscaloosa News All-West Alabama team … on the diamond, he played in 27 games as a junior and hit .453 (34-for-75) with nine home runs and 27 RBI … he scored 42 runs and added seven doubles and five triples … led the Knights in slugging percentage (1.040) and on-base percentage (.583) … he was 17-for-19 in stolen bases … Tullidge made 10 appearances on the mound and posted a 7-2 record … in nine starts, he turned in six complete games and one shutout … he worked 50 2/3 innings and allowed 21 earned runs and 40 hits, with 42 strikeouts and 14 walks … led the Knights in appearances, innings pitched, wins and strikeouts … helped his team to a 17-13  overall record, including a 10-3 mark in league play … also a standout quarterback, where he set school records with 496 career completions, 5,391 career passing yards and 78 career touchdowns … he also set school records for total offense (7,011 yards) and 98 touchdowns … his older brother, James, is a sophomore pitcher on the Crimson Tide baseball team … his high school baseball coach is John Rushing.