Junior College Pair Sign With Bama

Josh Rosecrans and Nate Kennedy, a pair of junior college teammates, will join the Crimson Tide baseball roster this fall.



Alabama Baseball Coach Mitch Gaspard announced the additions Thursday afternoon.

Rosecrans and Kennedy spent the 2010 season at Grayson County College in Denison, Texas, where they led the Vikings to a 30-20 record. Kennedy (6-1, 195) is a right-hand pitcher, while Rosecrans (6-4, 215) is catcher and corner infielder.

"We feel like we have added two quality players to our roster and both will fill needs we have after graduation and the draft," Gaspard said. "Nate and Josh are quality players and we feel like they will make an immediate impact in our lineup. We are very excited that chose to play for The University of Alabama next season."

A second-team American Baseball Coaches Association All-America selection, Rosecrans put together an outstanding season at Grayson County in 2010. In his lone season with the Vikings, he hit a whopping .469 (84-for-179) with 14 home runs and 72 RBI in 50 games.

He finished the season fourth nationally in on-base percentage (.571), 12th in hitting (.469), tied for 14th in home runs (14) and tied for 24th in RBI (72). He led the Vikings in seven offensive categories, including hitting (.469), hits (84), runs scored (64), doubles (17), home runs (14), RBI (72) and on-base percentage (.571).

Rosecrans originally signed with Wichita State and played for the Shockers in 2009 before transferring to Grayson County. In his lone season at Wichita State, he hit .259 (28-for-108) with 10 RBI in 37 games for the Shockers. He added four doubles and scored nine runs, primarily as the designated hitter.

Kennedy played at Grayson County in 2009 and 2010 and established himself as one of the top closers in the country. As a sophomore, he compiled a 6-1 record and five saves in 24 appearances. He led the Vikings in wins, saves and strikeouts per nine innings (14.1) and ranked second on the club in total strikeouts (67). He worked 36 1/3 innings and allowed 32 runs (22 ER) on 37 hits with 57 strikeouts and 17 walks.

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