LeBlanc to Start Tuesday

Alabama ace left-hander Wade LeBlanc will make his first pitching appearance in over a month Tuesday night, starting on the mound when the Tide (24-10 overall, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) faces Memphis at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Alabama Head Coach Jim Wells said LeBlanc will start the game and be on a 60-pitch maximum pitch count. LeBlanc will start Saturday's game with Florida if all goes well.

"I can't wait. I'm planning on going two, maybe three innings. It's been so long it seems like my first start of the year.

LeBlanc suffered a bruised left shoulder on March 12 in a pile-up celebrating a win over Miami (Ohio) with his teammates.

"It was one of those freak accidents that will probably never happen again. I hope it will never happen again. I've been working on it and thankfully now I'm back," LeBlanc said. "It's been getting a lot better. There was no pain in the shoulder but I was too sore around the collarbone to throw."

Alabama has posted series wins over top-10 teams in back-to-back weeks but the upcoming series with Florida offers no break in high quality competition.

This weekend's series with Florida matches the co-leaders in the SEC overall race (both teams are 8-4). Alabama has won three of four SEC series, including this past weekend's series with Ole Miss.

Alabama senior outfielder Gabe Scott (Lake Charles, La.) has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week following his performance in the Crimson Tide's series win at Ole Miss this past weekend in Oxford.

Scott was Alabama's leading hitter for the second week in a row as he batted .583 (7-for-12) with three home runs and seven RBI. He also scored six runs and compiled a 1.333 slugging mark and a .688 on-base percentage. He reached base 11 of 16 times in the three-game series, including four walks.


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