#34 Charlotte Morgan – Junior Pitcher/First Baseman
Charlotte Morgan’s recruitment was an absolute coup for the Crimson Tide. A California native, Morgan chose Alabama over offers from UCLA and Texas, showing the rest of the country that the Tide had the ability and the reputation to recruit top-level talent from outside of the southeast. Her time at Alabama has proven beyond all doubt that the Tide made a great move in bringing her to Tuscaloosa.
Morgan was a starter from day one and ended up starting more games in her freshman season than any other player, excepting Brittany Rogers and Kelly Montalvo. In 2007, she hit .358 while leading the team in home runs and RBI with 11 and 52, respectively. She also made 14 appearances in the circle, finishing 8-2 with a 2.27 ERA and a 3.5/1 K/BB ratio. Her season earned her a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team and second-team All-SEC honors.
In 2008, Morgan turned from a good player into an amazing player. She hit .417 with 19 homers and a nation-leading 79 RBI. She also led the Tide in doubles, and her .813 slugging percentage was 150 points(!) higher than anyone else on the team. She also found the time to start 18 games at pitcher, compiling an 18-2 record with a team-leading 1.27 ERA and 69 strikeouts. It would be difficult to list all of her accolades but we’ll try anyway. She was named to the All-Tournament teams for the SEC Tournament and the Women’s College World Series. She was named first-team All-SEC and first-team All South Region. She was on the first-team of every major All-American award and was a Top 10 finalist for Player of the Year. It would have been difficult for Morgan to have had a better sophomore season.
2009 looks to be another great year for Morgan. She is now splitting starts with Pitcher Kelsi Dunne. This gives the Tide good variety in their pitching staff. Dunne is a hard-throwing righty with occasional command issues who overpowers hitters to the tune of 7+ strikeouts per game. On the other hand, Morgan is a lefty with impeccable control. In her two seasons with the Tide, Morgan has averaged less than a walk and a half per game. She has gotten off to a bit of a slow start with the bat in 2009, with her average down to .357 and her slugging percentage at .643. But hopefully she’ll be able to improve on that and put on a repeat performance of 2008.