Alabama Baseball Notebook

The University of Alabama baseball team will hold its preseason Fan Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium and Coleman Coliseum.

The Alabama baseball team will host a free "Kids Clinic" beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The clinic is open to all kids ages five through the seventh grade. All participants are asked to be at Sewell-Thomas Stadium by 9:45 a.m. Saturday and there is no pre-registration. All kids must bring their own equipment (hat, gloves, shoes, bat, etc.) to participate. In case of rain, the clinic will be moved to the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility, adjacent to Coleman Coliseum.

The Alabama Grand Slammers will host the 25th annual preseason barbecue at Coleman Coliseum beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Grand Slammers will also be selling t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps and the 2008 Alabama Grand Slammers pullover at Saturday's event. There will be a number of door prizes as well as a silent auction.

"This is the highlight of the season for the Grand Slammers," club president Ron Hughston said. "We are expecting a great turnout for Saturday. The kids clinic is new and a great idea. We all look forward to meeting the team and seeing an intrasquad game later in the day. This is an exciting time of the year as baseball season is just one week away."

Coach Jim Wells and the Crimson Tide baseball team will be on hand to meet the fans at the barbecue. The team will sign autographs and pose for photos from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The day will conclude with an intrasquad game on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.

Tide Has Two Intrasquad Games

The Crimson Tide baseball team will hold two intrasquad games this weekend at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The team will scrimmage Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.

Season Ticket Packages Available

The University of Alabama Athletic Ticket Office is offering two season ticket packages for baseball fans this season. The "Friday Night Lights" plan is good for one ticket to all seven Friday night home games. The $21 ticket package includes admission to the Cal Poly (Feb. 22), Youngstown State (March 7), Vanderbilt (March 21), Ole Miss (March 28), Mississippi State (April 18), Auburn (April 25) and Florida (May 9) games. The second package is the "You Pick 10" mini plan, which includes one ticket to any 10 home games for $30. In addition, single-game tickets for the 2008 season will go on sale, Monday, February 18. Tickets may be purchased from 9-5 p.m. each Monday through Friday at the Coleman Coliseum Ticket Office or on-line at

Ferrara Joins Broadcast Team

Veteran radio personality Vince Ferrara (fur-rar-rah) will join the Alabama Baseball broadcast team for the 2008 season, according to an announcement today by Michael Alford, Crimson Tide Sports Marketing's General Manager.

"We are proud to have Vince join the Crimson Tide Sports Network team," Alford said. "He has a great deal of interest in college baseball in general and Alabama baseball specifically. Vince and Chris will make a great team this season calling Crimson Tide baseball games on the network."

Ferrara currently serves as the program director for Sports Radio 1420 The Tusk (WACT-AM), a Crimson Tide Sports Network affiliate in Tuscaloosa. He joined the station in September, 2004, as the host of "The Sports Breakdown" in the afternoons. He now hosts "The Morning Drive" from 7-9 a.m. Monday through Friday and has worked as the play-by-play voice for the station's local high school football coverage.

"It's an honor for me to work with Chris Stewart and call Crimson Tide baseball games this spring," Ferrara said. "I am looking forward to the season and calling the exciting action of Alabama baseball."

Ferrara previously worked in radio covering college and professional sports in Dallas, Denver, Knoxville, New Orleans, Orlando and Tampa. He has a broadcasting degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He also speaks fluent Italian.

Avila, Bentley to Attend Media Day

Junior catcher Alex Avila and senior first baseman Matt Bentley will represent the Crimson Tide baseball team at the second annual Alabama Sports Writer's Association baseball media day on Monday at Regions Park in Hoover. The event is divided into two sessions (10:30-11:45 a.m. and 1:15-2:30 p.m.) with lunch served from 11:45 a.m. until 1p.m. The morning session will include Auburn, Birmingham Southern, UAB, UAH, North Alabama, Montevallo and Samford. The afternoon session will include Alabama, South Alabama, Jacksonville State and Troy.

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