BSC Baseball Player to Bama

At the end of May, Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham made a shocking announcement, that it would be dropping its athletic programs out of Division I and into Division II. This meant no more athletics scholarships, and caused BSC to cancel its basketball and baseball seasons.

Birmingham Southern players scattered in different directions, and one of those players has plans to join the Crimson Tide next season. Will Stroup, a rising junior pitcher from Oak Mountain High in Birmingham, will join the Alabama baseball team.

"I'm excited about going to a big school and getting the opportunity to play in the SEC," Stroup told Monday.

Stroup, 6-0, 172 pounds, appeared in 25 games for Birmingham Southern last season, all in relief work. He posted a 3.37 ERA and a 2-2 record with six saves. Stroup allowed 21 hits in 34 and two third innings pitched.

Stroup said that after BSC's program was deep-sixed, his coach Brian Shoop was contacted by Alabama's staff "and things went from there…They offered me a scholarship."

Stroup will be in Tuscaloosa for the UA fall semester, which begins in late August. He is currently in Wisconsin playing summer league baseball for the Wisconsin Woodchucks.

"I've been closing mostly and that's been going pretty good," he said. "I made my first start in two years recently and struggled."

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