Baseball Notebook

Senior centerfielder Emeel Salem and sophomore right-hander Tommy Hunter are on the 2007 SEBaseball.com preseason All-America team, the website announced on Monday.

Alabama, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Tennessee were the only three schools to put multiple players on the SEBaseball.com Preseason First-Team All-SEC squad.

In 65 games last year, Emeel Salem (Mountain Brook) led the Crimson Tide with a .356 (101-for-284) batting average, with two home runs and 32 RBI. He also led the Crimson Tide with 67 runs scored and he paced the SEC with 36 stolen bases.

Salem has also been named 2007 First-Team preseason All-American by the College Baseball Foundation (CBF), Rivals.com and the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (NCBWA). The senior is on the Brooks Wallace Award watch list and Dick Howser Trophy watch list as the college baseball player of the year.

Tommy Hunter (Indianapolis, Ind.) posted a 10-3 record and 3.60 ERA in 20 appearances on the mound last season. He set Alabama freshman records for wins (10) and innings pitched (117 1/3). He was the winning pitcher against Tennessee when the Crimson Tide clinched a share of the 2006 SEC Championship.

In addition, Hunter has been named 2007 Preseason All-American by Rivals.com and the NCBWA. He is also on the 2007 Roger Clemens Award watch list, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate pitcher.

The defending SEC Champions were picked third in the rugged SEC Western Division by SEBaseball.com. The website's prognostications for the 2007 SEC championship include (1) Arkansas, (2) OIe Miss, (3) Alabama, (4) LSU, (5) Auburn and (6) Mississippi State in the SEC Western Division and (1) South Carolina, (2) Vanderbilt, (3) Kentucky, (4) Georgia, (5) Tennessee and (6) Florida in the SEC Eastern Division.

Alabama will hold three intrasquad games this weekend at Sewell-Thomas Stadium as a final tune-up for the 2007 season opener. The scrimmage times will be announced later this week.

The Crimson Tide baseball team will participate in the 23rd Annual Alabama Grand Slammers preseason barbecue and "Fan Day" on Sunday, Feb. 4 from Noon until 2 p.m. in the Scholarship Room at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under). Tickets will be available at the door on Sunday.

Alabama opens the 2007 season on Friday, Feb. 9 with a three-game series against Georgia State. The season-opener is set for 6:30 p.m. (CST).

TICKET INFORMATION:

Season tickets are still available for the upcoming 2007 baseball season at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

All lower chairback seats are sold out, but a limited number of season tickets do remain for the upper chairbacks. Tickets are also available in the upper grandstand and left field bleacher sections.

Remaining tickets are priced at $100 (upper chairbacks) and $75 (upper grandstand and bleachers) per seat. The Crimson Tide also offers three special season ticket packages for UA faculty and staff, senior citizens and families. All faculty/staff tickets are $72, while senior citizen tickets are $48 each. The Crimson Tide also has a family four-pack for $225.

Single-game tickets will go on sale, Monday, February 5, 2007. Single-game tickets are priced at $5 for adults and $3 (18 and under).

Alabama won the 2006 SEC Championship with a 44-21 overall record and 20-10 mark in SEC play. The Crimson Tide hosted and won the 2006 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional and hosted No. 5 North Carolina in 2006 NCAA Super Regional at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

The Crimson Tide set the single-game attendance record last year when 6,821 fans packed The Joe on Saturday, April 1 as Alabama beat No. 1 Mississippi State, 5-4.

Alabama will play 38 home games during the 2007 season. The schedule includes weekend non-conference series with Georgia State, Villanova, Canisius, McNeese State and Nebraska. The Crimson Tide will also play five weekend SEC series against Tennessee, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina and Arkansas.


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