Tide Freshmen Get Baseball Honors

Tuesday's Southeastern Conference baseball honors weren't heavy on Alabama by any means, but the results did indicate the Crimson Tide is on the right path for the future.

Three members of the 2013 Alabama team earned All-SEC honors, and all were freshmen. Shortstop Mikey White was second team All-SEC. Second baseman Kyle Overstreet and relief pitcher Ray Castillo earned Freshman All-SEC.

Of course, the season is not over for Bama. The Crimson Tide was selected to play in this year's NCAA Tournament. Alabama starts play Friday against Troy in the first game of the 2013 NCAA Tallahassee Regional. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 p.m. CDT from Dick Howser Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN3.com.

Mikey White from Birmingham has started all 60 games at shortstop for the Crimson Tide. White leads the Crimson Tide with a .286 batting average heading into the NCAA Tournament. He was outstanding at the plate during SEC play, hitting .350 in 29 conference games, to rank eighth in the league during conference games, and he led the Tide with 17 RBI during conference action. White hit both his home runs in conference play, while seven of his 11 doubles came against SEC opponents.

White was also stellar on the defensive side, helping the Tide rank third in the country in double plays turned. White has contributed on 52 of Alabama's conference-leading 76 double plays while posting a .967 fielding percentage, making just 10 errors in 303 chances.

Kyle Overstreet from Boaz has started all 60 games at second base and enters NCAA Tournament play hitting .274, after finishing second on the club with a .291 average during SEC play. He was second on the team with 16 RBI in SEC games and finished third on the team with 36 RBI for the year. Overstreet has been the toughest Tider to strike out -- just 22 strikeouts in 223 at-bats.

Overstreet is also outstanding with the glove, as he has a .983 fielding percentage, making six errors in 347 attempts this season. He leads the SEC with 63 fielding double plays.

Ray Castillo from Seale in Russell County has 11 saves for the Crimson Tide. Castillo ranks ninth in the conference in saves after converting 11-of-13 chances. His 11 saves rank tied for fourth in a single season and ninth in a career at Alabama. He is tied with Lance Cormier for the freshman single season record at Alabama. Castillo has a team-high 24 appearances this season, posting a 2-2 record with a 2.61 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings pitched.

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