Alabama Baseball In Weekend Display

Alabama baseball had a spring-like day to begin practice Friday. Saturday and Sunday the Crimson Tide is on display with intrasquad games. Bama took to the field for the first practice of the 2011 season, the first day allowed for practice. Temperatures in Tuscaloosa were in the mid-60s under sunny skies, and Saturday and Sunday forecasts could be good for baseball.

Alabama was scheduled to be in Sewell-Thomas Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. CST Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The Tide will have intrasquad scrimmages on both days, which are open to the public and free of charge. Saturday's game should begin around 11:30 a.m. and Sunday's scrimmage is scheduled for approximately 3 p.m.

"Were going to have an opportunity to see all the pitchers throw this weekend, and we are looking for the pitchers to have command and be competitive in the innings they throw," said Crimson Tide Coach Mitch Gaspard.

Alabama is preparing for the season opener on Friday, February 18, when Bama hosts Alcorn State.

Following the first practice, Gaspard said, "We had a good first day. The energy was really good, as expected on day one. 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.

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.

Gaspard said, "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."

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