The University of Alabama Soccer team plays host to UAB on Friday in the fourth of five games in the 2018 spring season. The Crimson Tide is undefeated this spring, posting a 2-0-1 record with the lone draw coming against Clemson on March 3. The two wins came in convincing style as Alabama kept two clean sheets in its 2-0 defeat of Memphis to open the season along with the 3-0 thrashing of Alabama’s instate rival, Samford.
Behind a season-high 49.35 on vault and a team score of 197.225, Alabama gymnastics claimed an NCAA-best 32nd Regional Title last Friday night in Coleman Coliseum. With the victory, the Crimson Tide also punched its ticket to the National Championships on April 20 and 21 for the 36th consecutive season.
In less than ideal weather in Kansas City, Kansas last weekend, the Alabama rowing team posted a strong performance, winning 9 of its 10 races. One boat in particular, the Second Varsity 4+ boat, posted the fastest overall time in each of its two Double Dual. In the first race, the crew made up of freshman coxswain Izzie Gonzales, sophomore Kylie Diffley, junior Cheyenne Adams, sophomore Keilani Hamann and junior Lauren Fehr posted a 7:42.319, besting Kansas by seven seconds. In the second race, it posted a 7:32.696 time, beating Kansas State by over 15 seconds.
Alabama football players were greeted by a pleasantly warm afternoon as they took the practice fields on Wednesday afternoon. The official countdown to A-Day has begun, with only 10 days remaining until the annual spring game. Alabama will have five more practices before ending spring camp.
Coming into Tuesday’s game against UAB, Matt Malkin had knocked in six runs through the 18 games he had played this year. He didn’t have a problem knocking in his teammates as he accounted for six of Alabama’s 12 runs in its 12-3 win over UAB. He sprayed the ball around the entire field, recording an extra-base hit to all three outfield spots. He finished 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and a walk.
Terrell Lewis and his fellow pass rushers are taught to be 'alpha dogs' by coach Nick Saban from day one. A strong pass rush is one of Alabama's calling cards. New defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi, who coached the outside linebacker group previously, turns up the heat and brings a high-energy attitude to the defense.
There wasn't much discussion about whether or not Alabama football would visit the White House after winning its 17th national championship. It's a tradition that comes with winning a championship in any major sport.
As a pinch hitter, Danielle Romanello broke up Osorio’s no-hitter in the top of the fourth with a two-run double to tie the game. In the sixth, she hit a home run to give Florida (34-6, 9-3 SEC) the lead and the series win, 3-2. She had the only two hits for Florida on the night, but she made them count.
The McCleney name is easily recognizable in the state of Alabama, especially in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. John McCleney played center field for Samford’s baseball team in the late 1980’s and early 90’s and Haylie McCleney was one of the best softball players to ever play at Alabama, finishing as a four-time All-American with the highest batting average, on-base percentage and most walks in program history, while finishing in the top five in several other categories. Both players played center field, just as Walker McCleney does for the Alabama baseball team.