Softball season has started with a bang, baseball season is fast approaching and gymnastics is in full swing. Spring is coming and so are Crimson Tide spring athletics. I'll be your source for our non-revenue sports like track & field and golf. I'll also be covering our club sports like our excellent hockey team, rugby and lacrosse. That's more than enough introduction, let's get to the sports.
Sophomore pitcher Sydney Littlejohn dominated Eastern Kentucky with a perfect game on Friday to open the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores, a day after the Tide took down no. 23 South Alabama to open the season. No. 3 Alabama has started the season with a perfect 6-0 record after winning the opener over USA and sweeping the Sand Dollar Classic.
TRACK & FIELD
Our Track & Field team had a great weekend at the 40th Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Nebraska this weekend. Many of our athletes produced season bests and put their names in UA's record books.
- Sophomore Robbie Farnham-Rose won the special invitational of the men's mile with a time of 4:01.34, placing him third in the 2015 SEC ranks and fourth on Alabama's all-time list. Senior Matt Airola ran a 4:01.66 mile to take the fifth spot in the SEC and Alabama's all-time list.
- Junior Steven Gayle won the invitational portion of the 600m dash with a time of 1:18.29.
- Junior Kimberly Ficenec ran a 2:10.06 to win the women's invitational 800m race.
- Junior Justin Fondren rose to the top of the SEC and to no. 13 in the NCAA with a season best and personal best 7-1 ¾ high jump.
The Tide's comeback effort against LSU came up short in Sunday's 51-39 loss, dropping them to 12-13 (1-9 SEC) on the season. Alabama was able to cut the Tigers' lead to four in the second half, before LSU took control of the game. The Tigers closed the game on a 12-4 run. Alabama sophomore Ashley Williams led all scorers with 15 points.
Alabama kicked off the women's golf season Sunday at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in California. The Tide currently sit at 13-over par, good enough to put them in a three way tie for 9th place with UCLA and Washington. Freshman Lakareber Abe led the Crimson Tide with a 1-over par 72, placing her four shots behind the leader and in a tie for 13th.
The Crimson Tide beat the no. 4 Duke Blue Devils in the consolation match of the ITA National Indoor Championships Sunday by a score of 4-1, a day after defeating Oklahoma St. 4-0.
The Crimson Tide reeled off their 111th consecutive win over Auburn. Auburn fans born after 1979 still have never experienced a win versus Alabama in gymnastics. Roll Tide.
This has been a great week for Bama athletics. Check back next Monday for more news and updates on our non-revenue sports, and on Friday for news on our club sports.
Statistics, results and scores from rolltide.com.