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The past couple years, Crimson Tide baseball teams have not played up to Alabama's traditionally high baseball standards. In 2007, the Tide finished the year with a 31-26 overall and 15-15 SEC record. Bama baseball ended the 2008 season with a 35-28 overall and 16-14 SEC record. The Tide did manage to make it to the NCAA Tournament, last year, for the 19th time. Alabama finished second in the SEC Western Division and tied for fourth place in the overall standings.

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Alabama Crimson Tide baseball is a leading SEC title holder with 4 regular season titles and 7 Tournament Championship. In this the team is tied with LSU. In 2006 the team's coach, Jim Wells, became the team's all-time winning coach. In fact, we have named Wells 3rd on the list of Best All-Time SEC Baseball Coaches.

Alabama Pitcher
Alabama Pitcher.
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They also participated in the NCAA College word series a total of five times and came in second in both 1983 and 1997. This makes team a formidable opponent to their rivals in Tennessee, Georgia, and Mississippi State. In fact, we think Bama ranks second on the list of Best All-Time SEC Baseball Programs.

In 2006 the Tide earned a Championship SEC title and ended the season with a 20-10 record. The 2008 season is packed full of promise.

Alabama Baseball Championship Trophy
Alabama Baseball Championship Trophy.
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When home games are played at the Sewell-Thomas Stadium the sixth inning is accompanied by the song "Cotton-Eyed Joe" as the stadium has been nicknamed "The Joe" by the fans. This is in honor of Joe Sewell, a baseball Hall of Famer and former member of the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team. Though the stadium didn't get named after the legendary player until 1978.

The Joe is a source of pride for the baseball team and the students of the university, as well as the numerous fans. The stadium was where the first of the games were held in 1948 where the team won in a 5-2 score against the Bradley Braves. While it might not have been much to look at in those years, the numerous improvements and loving dedication from the fans has fostered many improvements.

In 1991 The Joe found itself a new grandstand, in 1996 the stadium was the host of the NCAA Regional that beaches, with a 4,000 fan capacity, were added down the right field line. It was in 2001 that the most major of renovations took place in the stadium. It can now house 6,118 fans and includes such features as Chairback seats, five new concession stands, five new bathrooms (per gender) and three new ticket booths.

Alabama Baseball Hitter
Alabama Baseball Hitter.
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In addition the Grandstand was extended down the right field line and the improvements included a new club house for the players as well as indoor batting cages, pitching machines, training rooms and coaching offices. Alabama ranked 9th nationally last season nationally in average college baseball fan attendance.

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Alabama Crimson Tide Baseball 2008 Roster

Kyle Moore Center Field Junior

Josh Rutledge Infield Freshman

Ross Wilson Infield Freshman

Alex Kubal Outfield Junior

Brandon May Infield Sophomore

Miers Quigley Left Handed Pitcher Junior

Del Howell Left Handed Pitcher Sophomore

Jeff Texada Infield Junior

Wes Henderson Infield Junior

Josh Copeland Right Handed Pitcher Senior

Jake Smith Infield Sophomore

Will Stroup Left Handed Pitcher Senior

Alex Avila Center Field Junior

Mike Sharp Center Field Junior

Bryant Jones Outfield Freshman

Connor Hohen Right Handed Pitcher Freshman

Austin Evans Right Handed Pitcher Freshman

Kent Matthes Outfield Junior

Tyler White Right Handed Pitcher Freshman

Vincent DiFazio Center Field Junior

Matt Bentley Infield Senior

Robert Phares Right Handed Pitcher Junior

Austin Graham Right Handed Pitcher Sophomore

Nathan Kilcrease Right Handed Pitcher Freshman

Patrick Nappi Right Handed Pitcher Junior

Jason Garner Left Handed Pitcher Junior

Casey Kebodeaux Right Handed Pitcher Junior

Jamie Manning Right Handed Pitcher Junior

Cole Shelton Center Field Junior

Ryan Rhoden Outfield Junior

Austin Hyatt Right Handed Pitcher Junior

James Tullidge Infield Freshman

Jimmy Nelson Right Handed Pitcher Freshman

Brock Bennett Center Field Sophomore

Jon Kelton Infield Freshman

Tyler Odle Outfield Junior

Jarrod Hewes Right Handed Pitcher Junior

Brian Clark Center Field Junior

Drew Clark Infield Freshman

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