Three Tiders Receive Baseball Recognition

When the All-Southeastern Baseball Team as selected by the league coaches was announced Monday, there was a temptation to check for various Alabama players. But as the Crimson Tide's fortunes fell late in the season, so, likely, did opportunities for individual honors.

Nevertheless, three members of the 2014 Alabama baseball team were recognized in a vote of the conference coaches.

Juniors Ben Moore and Wade Wass were selected as second team All-SEC. Relief pitcher Thomas Burrows was named to the All-SEC Freshman team. It was a bit of a surprise that no Tiders were selected for the All-SEC Defensive squad.

The Crimson Tide will open postseason play on Friday when Bama takes on Kennesaw State in the 2014 NCAA Tallahassee Regional. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m. CDT from Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium on the campus of Florida State. Alabama is a second seed in the regional.

Moore started all 56 games in right field. A .305 hitter, Moore enters regional play tied for third in the SEC and with a team-leading nine home runs this season. He also leads the team in total bases (107), stolen bases (8), and slugging percentage (.486). In 29 conference games, the Cullman native led the team with 34 hits, five home runs, 53 total bases, 21 runs scored, and three stolen bases.

Moore was also among the toughest in the league to strike out, victimized just 16 times in 220 at-bats. During SEC play he struck out just eight times in 111 at-bats. The right fielder rounded out his resume with solid work with the glove, committing only two errors in 110 chances this season, with a .982 fielding percentage entering the postseason.

In his first full season for the Tide, Wass earned a second-team All-SEC selection in the DesignatedHitter/Utility category. Ranking second on the team in both batting average (.305) and on-base percentage (.398), Wass finished the regular season tied for fourth in the SEC with a team-leading 19 doubles. He also had four home runs and 31 RBI.

The Pensacola, Fla., native was a key cog for the Tide during SEC play, tying for first in the SEC with 11 doubles and eight hit by pitches against conference foes. He is fifth in the SEC with a .505 slugging percentage and eighth in the conference with a .410 on-base percentage. Additionally, Wass led the team against SEC opponents with a .311 batting average. Defensively, Wass also displayed strong work with the glove, committing one error in 179 chances for a .994 fielding percentage.

In his first college season, Burrows turned in 10 saves. He heads to the postseason tied for second in the conference with 10 saves, after converting each of his chances during this season. The Florence native is currently tied for the seventh-best single-season saves mark in program history, while only Ray Castillo (12 in 2013) and Lance Cormier (11 in 1999) having recorded more saves in their freshman seasons.

Burrows made a team-high 22 appearances, posting a 4-1 record with a 1.62 ERA for the season, while holding SEC opponents to a 0.89 ERA during conference play. The left-hander had a .173 batting average against and 32 strikeouts in 33 1/3innings.


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