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garrett harris taylor white jake overstreet coach steve kittrell brent tanner jaguars 20 11 baseball media guide

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south alabama head baseball coach 1984-2011 as my 28th and final season at south alabama approaches i would like to take the opportunity to thank the countless number of fans student-athletes faculty and staff at south alabama who have supported the baseball program through the years first i would like to say that i am excited about the direction the program is headed under coach calvi i believe he will do great things here at south alabama i know the fans student-athletes faculty and staff will embrace him and show the same support that i have been given through my career here it is an exciting time to be a jaguar and the future of our entire athletic department looks brighter than it ever has i can t say enough about our fans and the tremendous support you ve shown me and my family in my time at south alabama it means a great deal to the student-athletes to have loyal fans who embrace them win or lose there have been a few bumps in the road but overall i m very proud of the teams we ve been able to put on the field to represent our university and fans you have all stood by the program proudly and i am forever thankful to you for that to all of the student-athletes who have played for me i thank you your dedication and commitment to excellence both on and off the field is part of what makes south alabama baseball so special and without all of you we would never have achieved what we have for that i am forever indebted to you and i m grateful that you allowed me to be a part of your maturation as a baseball player and man i want to thank all of my current and former assistant coaches for their hard work and dedication to the program during my tenure here your commitment to excellence has helped the program succeed through the years and i am grateful to each and every one of you for that in nearly 30 years of service to any organization many friendships are made ­ especially with co-workers ­ and it is no different here i am truly thankful for the support shown to me and the program by our faculty staff and administration through the years without all of you doing your respective jobs we couldn t do ours and i am grateful for the time effort and sacrifice you have all made to ensure that the baseball program can be all that it should be coach stanky made a tremendous impact on my life as well as many others who played under him and i am grateful for the time i had with him as both a coach and player it is a tremendous honor and privilege for me to have had the opportunity to follow in his footsteps here at south alabama finally i would like to thank my family for the sacrifices they have made through the years to allow me to continue to do what i love it has been a great ride we ve been one win away from omaha six times but now it s time to get there thank you all for your love and support of south alabama baseball go jags sincerely steve kittrell

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introduction table of contents introduction/general information 1-2 2011 schedule 3 media information 4-5 dugout club 6 stanky field 7 jon lieber clubhouse 8 hall of fame room 9 luis gonzalez hitting facility 10 numerical roster 11 season outlook 12-13 head coach steve kittrell 14-15 credits the 2011 university of south alabama baseball media guide is published by the south alabama media relations office the guide was written by charlie nichols editorial assistance by kevin beasley brian fremund and matt horne photography provided by john adams kevin beasley jimmy besson scott donaldson chip english joe imel bobby mcduffie mt photo sevices mobile press-register brad puckett courtland richards aaron tesney jeff tesney ronald white jonathan willey ron veasley and ashley salley special recognition to the mobile chamber of commerce the senior bowl the godaddy.com bowl the sun belt conference and its member institutions arizona diamondbacks denis bancroft and to major league baseball layout and design by charlie nichols cover layout and design by usa publication services additional copies of the 2011 south alabama baseball media guide are available by sending a check for $14 to usa media relations 171 jaguar drive hpels 1105 mobile al 36688 associate head coach/head coach in waiting mark calvi 16 assistant coach seth von behren 17 assistant coach alan luckie/support staff 18 returning players 19-38 newcomers 39-48 roster breakdown 49 radio/tv chart 50-51 2011 opponents 52-55 2011 sbc composite schedule 56-59 2011 sbc tournament 60 2010 statistics/results 61-62 2010 sun belt conference review 63-66 usa all-time records 67-69 annual team statistics 70-71 all-time results 72-85 year-by-year coaching records 86 sbc postseason history 87 ncaa postseason history 88 marquee postseason wins 89 all-time lettermen 90-93 jaguar honors 94 jaguar traditions 95 jags in the pros 96-98 luis gonzalez 99 2011 diamond girls 100 the university of south alabama 101-103 president gordon moulton 104 director of athletics joel erdmann ph d 105 athletic staff 107-108 academic services 109 ncaa compliance and student services 110 sports medicine 111 sun belt conference 112 usa hall of fame 113-114 across the nation 115 this is south alabama baseball 116 on the cover front usa head coach steve kittrell and 2011 seniors garrett harris taylor white brent tanner and jake overstreet back 2011 seniors dustin crenshaw carlton paris kyle dees dominic diaz and jake leblanc www.usajaguars.com 2011 south alabama baseball 1

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general information strikezone usa head coach steve kittrell s show don t forget to join lee shirvanian and jaguar head coach steve kittrell for the strikezone at noon every monday at baumhower s restaurant on airport blvd fans in the mobile area can tune in to wnsp 105.5 fm or listen online at www.wnsp com to call the show just dial 251 694-1055 most of south alabama s baseball games will be available via radio on wnsp 105.5 fm entering his 29th season as voice of the jaguars is lee shirvanian quick facts general name university of south alabama city/state mobile ala founded 1963 enrollment 15,007 nickname jaguars school colors blue red and white stadium capacity stanky field 3,575 dimensions 330-400-330 press box phone 251-461-1842 affiliation ncaa division i conference sun belt president v gordon moulton georgia tech `65 ncaa faculty athletic representative dr john smith berry [ga college `76 athletics director dr joel erdmann south dakota state `86 athletic office 251-460-7121 athletics ticket office 251-461-1usa 1872 history first season of competition 1965 overall record 1593-866-3 46 years years in ncaa tournament/last 24/2006 last postseason opponent tulane result l 18-11 oxford miss regional media relations assistant athletic director brian fremund office 251-414-8032 cell 251-623-3191 e-mail bfremund@usouthal.edu assistant director baseball contact charlie nichols office 251-414-8017 cell 251-751-9788 e-mail charlesnichols@usouthal.edu assistant directors kevin beasley matt horne media relations assistant edra finley administrative assistant gwen williams office fax 251-460-7297 mailing address university of south alabama hpels room 1105 171 jaguar drive mobile al 36688-0002 athletics website www.usajaguars.com coaching staff head coach steve kittrell south alabama 1971 record at usa 1022-616-1 27 years career record 1055-635-1 28 years best time to contact coach contact sid associate head coach/head coach in waiting mark calvi nova southeastern 1991 assistant coach seth von behren illinois state 2000 volunteer assistant coach alan luckie spring hill 1984 strength and conditioning coach joey choron south alabama 2002 athletic trainer juliet huang alabama 2007 manager corey powell baseball secretary jennifer barnes baseball office phone 251-460-6876 team information 2010 record 32-27 2010 conference record finish 17-13 t-4th 2010 final ranking poll none starters returning lost 3/6 letterwinners returning lost 18/14 pitchers returning lost 13/8 newcomers collin blankenship fr rhp corey bryan fr if eddy cabrera so hs michael carden jr lhp jeff deblieux jr lhp/of whitt dorsey jr c/1b hunt griffith so if logan kirkland fr 2b blake lawson so if daniel mcgiboney fr lhp cory mcginnis jr rhp jeff miller so rhp jordan patterson fr lhp/1b jerry roam jr ss tilur smith fr of trey sorrells jr c josh wirnsberger jr lhp matthew wojciechowski fr c 2011 south alabama baseball 2

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2011 schedule date feb 18 feb 19 feb 20 feb 22 feb 25 feb 26 feb 27 march 1 march 4 march 5 march 6 march 8 march 11 march 12 march 13 march 14 march 18 march 19 march 20 march 22 march 25 march 26 march 27 march 30 april 1 april 2 april 3 april 5 april 8 april 9 april 10 april 12 april 13 april 15 april 16 april 17 april 19 april 22 april 23 april 24 april 26 april 29 april 30 may 1 may 3 may 4 may 6 may 7 may 8 may 13 may 14 may 15 may 17 may 19 may 20 may 21 may 25-29 june 3-6 opponent ut-martin ut-martin ut-martin at jackson state central florida alabama southeastern louisiana at nicholls state vs minnesota vs oklahoma state vs washington state at southern miss columbia columbia columbia columbia at troy at troy at troy jackson state louisiana-monroe louisiana-monroe louisiana-monroe at alabama at middle tennessee at middle tennessee at middle tennessee at southeastern louisiana florida atlantic florida atlantic florida atlantic nicholls state at tulane ualr ualr ualr at auburn at louisiana-lafayette at louisiana-lafayette at louisiana-lafayette new orleans at florida international at florida international at florida international mississippi state southern miss arkansas state arkansas state arkansas state at western kentucky at western kentucky at western kentucky auburn troy troy troy sbc tournament ncaa regionals location stanky field stanky field stanky field jackson miss stanky field stanky field stanky field thibodaux la tucson ariz tucson ariz tucson ariz hattiesburg miss stanky field stanky field stanky field stanky field troy ala troy ala troy ala stanky field stanky field stanky field stanky field tuscaloosa ala murfreesboro tenn murfreesboro tenn murfreesboro tenn hammond la stanky field stanky field stanky field stanky field new orleans la stanky field stanky field stanky field auburn ala lafayette la lafayette la lafayette la stanky field miami fla miami fla miami fla stanky field stanky field stanky field stanky field stanky field bowling green ky bowling green ky bowling green ky stanky field stanky field stanky field stanky field monroe la tba time 6 p.m 2 p.m 1 p.m 3 p.m 6 p.m 1 p.m 2:30 p.m 6 p.m 2 p.m 5 p.m 11 a.m 6 p.m 6 p.m 2 p.m 1 p.m 1 p.m 6 p.m 6 p.m 1 p.m 6 p.m 6 p.m 6 p.m 1 p.m 6:05 p.m 6 p.m 4 p.m 1 p.m 6 p.m 6 p.m 2 p.m 1 p.m 6 p.m 6:30 p.m 6 p.m 2 p.m 1 p.m 6 p.m 6 p.m 6 p.m 1 p.m 6 p.m 6 p.m 5 p.m noon 6 p.m 6 p.m 6 p.m 2 p.m 1 p.m 6 p.m 3 p.m 1 p.m 6 p.m 6 p.m 6 p.m 4 p.m tba tba fri sat sun tue fri sat sun tue fri sat sun tue fri sat sun mon fri sat sun tue fri sat sun wed fri sat sun tue fri sat sun tue wed fri sat sun tue fri sat sun tue fri sat sun tue wed fri sat sun fri sat sun tue thu fri sat wed sun fri mon · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · all times central and subject to change · sun belt conference games 26th annual south alabama classic dairy queen classic 2011 south alabama baseball 3

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media information note to the media the 2010 south alabama baseball media guide is designed to aid members of the media in covering jaguar baseball we appreciate your coverage if there is anything we can do to assist you please contact the athletic media relations office at 251 460-7035 the athletic media relations office requests that you adhere to the following policies and procedures these are for the benefit of your needs and those of the student-athletes and coaches we ask that you please respect these requests in order to create a positive working environment for all parties involved media relations office the south alabama athletic media relations office is located in room 1105 of the hpels building beside the mitchell center home credential requests the south alabama athletic media relations office will issue credentials to working press only passes for spouses children or friends will not be issued these credentials are non-transferable any unauthorized use of a credential will result in the credential being immediately revoked all credential requests should be made in writing by sports editors or directors of accredited media outlets on company letterhead requests should be made no later than 24 hours prior to the start of the desired contests approved credentials can be picked up at the front gate of stanky field credential requests should be sent to charlie nichols assistant media relations director university of south alabama 171 jaguar drive hpels 1105 mobile al 36688 or faxed to 251 460-7297 photographers only photographers shooting for accredited media outlets or for south alabama athletic media relations will be issued photo passes photographers are allowed to shoot from field level photo boxes and from the stands provided they do not obstruct any views flash photography is not permitted parking a limited number of parking spaces are reserved in the paved parking area gameday services the south alabama athletic media relations staff will be available to assist all the media members covering jaguar baseball all customary gameday services will be available all working media members will be provided with game notes statistics rosters and game programs prior to first pitch practices the south alabama athletic media relations staff encourages coverage of jaguar baseball outside of games as a general rule all practices are open to the media and public please contact the athletic media relations office to verify practice schedules and give notice of your attendance interviews interviews with members of the coaching staff can be arranged by calling charlie nichols at 251 414-8017 interviews with student-athletes must be arranged in advance through the athletic media relations office players are generally available up to 15 minutes before and immediately following practice phone interviews are also available at night but student-athlete phone numbers are not available under any circumstances fax e-mail and internet media outlets may request to be included on the broadcast fax and e-mail lists to receive daily news regarding south alabama baseball to be added to the list simply visit www.usajaguars.com and sign up through the automated registration system for unparalleled coverage of all 17 intercollegiate sports at south alabama point your web browser to www.usajaguars.com news releases game notes and statistics are updated after every series the website features comprehensive records and history of south alabama basebll as well as bios schedules and results usa athletic media relations staff assistant athletic director for media relations brian fremund kevin beasley assistant director of media relations matt horne assistant director of media relations charlie nichols assistant director of media relations edra finley media relations assistant 2011 south alabama baseball 4

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media information south alabama primary media outlets newspapers mobile press-register p.o box 2488 mobile al 36630 phone 251 219-5669 fax 251 219-5799 randy kennedy sports editor tommy hicks columnist/football beat writer kim shugart men s basketball/baseball beat writer mike herndon columnist/sports writer wire service associated press p.o box 1000 montgomery al 36104-1000 phone 334 262-5947 fax 334 265-7177 john zenor sports writer radio wnsp-fm 105.5 radio usa radio 1100 dauphin st suite e mobile al 36604 phone 251 438-5460 fax 251 438-5462 lee shirvanian play-by-play announcer gulf coast sports talk radio 14 de luna dr pensacola fl 23506 phone 850 458-2369 paul marini president/ceo television wkrg-tv 5 cbs p.o box 160587 mobile al 36616 phone 251 662-3003 fax 251 662-3071 randy patrick sports director wala-tv 10 fox p.o box 1548 mobile al 36601 phone 251 434-1065 fax 251 434-1023 rob lehocky sports director foley news p.o box 385 foley al 36536 phone 251 609-0279 logan janowski sports editor steppin out writestuf communications llc p.o box 8215 mobile al 36689 phone 251 604-0700 darron patterson sports editor pensacola news-journal 1 news journal plaza pensacola fl 32501 phone 850 435-8521 fax 850 435-8633 bob heist sports editor wpmi-tv 15 nbc p.o box 9038 mobile al 36691 phone 251 602-1557 fax 251 602-1550 lance crawford sports director wear-tv 3 abc 4990 mobile highway pensacola fl 32506 phone 850 455-4599 fax 850 455-8972 dan shugart sports director mississippi press p.o box 849 pascagoula ms 39567-0849 phone 228 934-1449 fax 228 934-1474 gareth clary sports editor the vanguard campus box u-25100 mobile al 36688 phone 251 460-6442 fax 334 414-8293 matt weaver sports editor the south alabama baseball team receives tremendous media coverage all three of the major networks in mobile cover the jags on a regular basis 2011 south alabama baseball 5

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dugout club founded before the 2005 baseball season the usa dugout club is one of the driving forces supporting the south alabama baseball program donations given to the dugout club will be used by the jaguar athletic fund for the sole purpose of supporting baseball at usa the club which consists of fans and former players raises approximately $30,000 every year for the growing demands of collegiate baseball including team travel and recruiting one hundred percent of those donations went directly to the program to help offset these increasing costs the club is also active in the promotion of season ticket sales and increasing community involvement in the program the dugout club offers great benefits such as access to the stanky field stadium club for all season ticket holders other benefits of the dugout club include · · · · · · · a short sleeve t-shirt with an interlocking south alabama logo socials during the season coach kittrell will be available for questions selected events hosted in the stanky field stadium club special south alabama dugout club events reserved parking pass to be used for all jaguar home baseball games availability of exclusive usa dugout club apparel and items for purchase priority purchase on ncaa regional tickets with every new member of the dugout club the baseball program increases its winning tradition and chances of reaching omaha and the college world series for more information on the usa dugout club visit the baseball page at www.usajaguars.com the university of south alabama baseball team would like to express its sincere gratitude to the following grand slam level sponsors of the dugout club mark clark general insulation forrest and beverly crowder deanna y miller skipper walters walters controls 2011 south alabama baseball 6

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stanky field year-by-year records at stanky field 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 totals 24-6 24-9 18-6 25-10 28-6 14-12 26-8 21-9 28-7 27-9 29-7 25-9 28-4 15-8 19-13 20-7 24-7 19-5 23-11 21-5 15-14 31-3 27-7 27-4 18-16 17-11 24-11 23-11 19-10 14-13 22-11 695-259 n the summer of 2004 the university of south alabama undertook a renovation campaign to make stanky field one of the most impressive facilities in the nation south alabama dedicated the newly-renovated stadium against perennial power mississippi state on april 19 2005 in front of 3,277 fans the largest crowd of the year usa fell 10-6 the new eddie stanky field has one of the most impressive press boxes in the nation wireless internet access as well as spacious work areas can accommodate large numbers of media the second floor stadium club is a beautiful gathering place for south alabama supporters air conditioned comfort along with leather couches and chairs make watching usa baseball a first-class experience the usa dugout club hosts gatherings in the stadium club throughout the season before the start of the 2011 season stanky field took on furthur renovations with the addition of a new outfield wall renovated dugouts and home plate collar in addition to the new upgrades the home and visitor bullpens were moved into foul territory down the outfield lines i stanky field facts year built 1980 renovated 2004 first game march 9 1980 swept alabama 7-4 6-0 largest crowd 4,436 april 22 2009 21-16 win over alabama all-time record 695-259 729 seating 3,775 dimensions left ­ 330 left-center ­ 375 center ­ 400 right-center ­ 375 right ­ 330 playing surface tifton grass and clay infield top five stanky field crowds 1 2 3 4 5 atten 4,436 4,407 4,375 4,231 4,118 date 4/22/09 4/14/98 4/2/91 5/13/81 4/22/03 opponent alabama alabama florida state miami fl auburn result w 21-6 l 10-9 w 6-5 l 3-0 w 10-1 2011 south alabama baseball 7

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jon lieber clubhouse o n feb 4 2005 the usa baseball clubhouse was officially dedicated and renamed the jon lieber clubhouse in honor of the former south alabama all-american pitcher lieber has made numerous contributions to the south alabama baseball program and this facility proudly bears his name south alabama unveiled its new baseball facility in 1996 ­ built with donations from former players ­ that honors the past present and future of jaguar tradition the beautiful 4,000-square foot facility is more than just a locker room it is also an impressive display of the tradition of south alabama baseball the clubhouse features a spacious locker room and an entertainment room equipped with a high-definition big-screen television stereo leather couches trophy cases and a full kitchen 2011 south alabama baseball 8

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hall of fame room baseball hall of fame room the jaguar baseball hall of fame room is one of the unique areas of the jon lieber clubhouse it features a glass-enclosed display honoring the late jaguar coaching legend eddie stanky the room also honors all jaguar all-americans and players who have made it to the ranks of major league baseball eddie stanky 1915-1999 · · · · · coached at usa for 14 seasons 1969-79 81-83 second winningest coach in jaguar history 490-195-2 participated in three major league world series 1947 1948 1951 participated in four all-star games 1947 1948 1950 1951 enjoyed his best season in 1950 when he hit .300 with eight home runs and 51 rbi for the new york giants 2011 south alabama baseball 9

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luis gonzalez hitting facility in the summer of 2000 the finishing touches were put into place for south alabama s beautiful new indoor hitting facility located next door to the usa clubhouse this 8,000-square foot building is one of a kind it features three hitting stations two pitching mounds and a locker room for umpires the facility is also large enough to conduct infield practice several jaguars now in the pros stop by during the offseason to work out in the facility on days the jags experience cold or wet weather the batting facility is the ideal place to practice on feb 4 2005 the jaguar indoor hitting facility was officially named the luis gonzalez hitting facility gonzalez a south alabama great and world series hero with the arizona diamondbacks has given generously to the usa baseball program and conducts himself as a complete gentleman both on and off the field for that this beautiful facility bears his name 2011 south alabama baseball 10

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numerical roster no 2 4 6 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 25 26 27 29 30 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 name blake lawson taylor white jerry roam jake overstreet logan kirkland brent tanner tilur smith matthew wojciechowski corey bryan whitt dorsey trey sorrells nolan earley nathaniel lami carlton paris shane leblanc adam jung jeff miller garrett harris daniel mcgiboney brent mitchell brad hook conner reese jake leblanc phillip byrd jordan patterson michael carden travis corley jeff deblieux dominic diaz hunt griffith chad reeves collin blankenship jarrett bailey kyle dees dustin crenshaw cory mcginnis josh wirnsberger josh constable eddy cabrera pos if of ss 3b 2b c of c if c/1b c of of rhp rhp rhp rhp rhp lhp c 1b/lhp rhp rhp lhp lhp/1b lhp rhp lhp/of 2b/ss if rhp rhp rhp rhp rhp rhp lhp rhp of b/t r/r l/r r/r r/r r/r l/r r/r r/r r/r l/r r/r l/l r/r r/r r/r r/r r/r r/r l/l r/r l/l r/r r/r l/l l/l l/l r/r l/l r/r r/r r/r r/r r/r r/r r/r r/r l/l r/r r/r ht 5-10 6-1 6-0 6-1 5-9 6-2 6-1 6-2 6-1 5-11 5-10 6-0 6-1 6-4 6-1 6-2 6-1 6-0 6-0 6-2 6-1 6-3 5-9 6-5 6-4 5-11 5-10 6-0 5-11 6-1 6-2 6-2 6-2 6-0 6-5 6-1 5-10 6-5 5-9 weight 185 180 180 205 175 225 200 200 170 185 195 190 190 190 175 180 195 180 180 220 210 190 180 225 190 175 200 190 175 180 205 165 210 170 230 190 190 210 170 class-exp so jc sr 1l jr jc sr 3l fr hs sr 1l fr hs fr hs fr hs jr jc jr jc so 1l jr 2l sr 1l so 1l jr rs so jc sr 1l fr hs so 1l jr 2l so 1l sr 3l jr 2l fr hs jr jc jr rs jr jc sr 1l so rs so 1l fr hs jr 2l sr 1l sr 1l jr jc jr jc jr tr so hs hometown/previous school biloxi miss east central cc jackson ala alabama southern cc st charles mo st louis cc-meramec thomasville ala thomasville hs grand bay ala alma bryant hs lucedale miss meridian cc richton miss richton hs mobile ala mcgill-toolen catholic hs semmes ala george co miss hs auburn ala gulf coast cc merit texas/jefferson mo jc anderson ind anderson hs fairhope ala fairhope hs pinson ala wallace state cc-hanceville biloxi miss biloxi hs north saanich british columbia/central arizona st charles mo st louis cc-meramec columbus miss meridian cc semmes ala mary g montgomery hs paris ontario/paris district hs franklin ind franklin hs daphne ala daphne hs biloxi miss biloxi hs hurley miss east central hs mobile ala baker hs cottondale ala shelton state cc bay minette ala faulkner state cc houma la copiah-lincoln cc enterprise ala enterprise-ozark cc mobile ala st paul s episcopal hs mobile ala faith academy orange beach ala gulf shores hs prattville ala prattville hs chatom ala bevill state cc pinole calif solano cc pittsburgh pa shelton state cc northport ala shelton state cc hagerstown md radford weston fla cypress bay hs 2011 south alabama jaguars 2011 south alabama baseball 11

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2011 season outlook at the conclusion of the 2011 baseball season one of college baseball s all-time winningest coaches will step away from the game south alabama head coach steve kittrell will lead the jaguars into his 28th and final season at usa and will look to capture his 11th sun belt conference championship and 19th ncaa regional appearance kittrell has led the jags to 10 of the school s 13 conference titles and 18 of its 24 ncaa regional appearances he ranks in the top 10 in all-time wins among division i coaches and captured his 1,000th win last season against ualr he is a six-time recipient of the sbc coach-of-the-year award and has produced over 100 all-conference honorees more than 100 of kittrell s former student-athletes moved on to the professional ranks while 17 reached the major league level in 2011 kittrell will rely on a different looking team than in 2010 with just three position starters returning from last season however 18 letterwinners return including 13 pitchers from a year ago steve kittrell pitchers five jaguar seniors garrett harris carlton paris jake leblanc dustin crenshaw and kyle dees will anchor the usa pitching staff while shane leblanc phillip byrd chad reeves conner reese jarrett bailey and brad hook will help solidify the jaguars starting rotation and bullpen along with several newcomers who will be expected to contribute immediately in associate head coach/head coach in waiting mark calvi s first year at usa harris is the jags top-returning starter after going 5-4 with a 4.89 era and one save in 2010 he recorded 64 strikeouts and issued just 26 walks in 81 innings pitched the columbus miss native appeared in 18 games with 14 of those as starts last season harris was shuffled around and gained valuable experience as both a saturday and sunday starter but the jags will look to him to provide senior leadership on friday nights this season as the number-one starter newcomers jeff miller and jeff deblieux should solidify the jags rotation on saturdays and sundays while crenshaw bailey byrd and jordan patterson could all see starts during midweek action both miller and deblieux were solid this fall miller went 1-0 with a 4.19 era in six appearances two of which were starts and recorded 12 strikeouts in 17.2 innings while issuing just six walks deblieux went 1-1 in eight appearances three of which were starts and struck out 14 batters while issuing just five base on balls in 16 innings pitched dees jake leblanc and newcomer cory mcginnis along with byrd should eat up plenty of innings out of the bullpen byrd made 31 appearances last season all in relief which led south alabama and ranked fourth in the sbc the left-hander struck out 21 batters and allowed 13 walks in 30 1/3 innings dees pitched 25 1/3 innings in 21 appearances a year ago and recorded one save leblanc tossed 23 2/3 innings in 15 appearances last season he posted the secondlowest era 1.84 on the team this fall and tied for the most appearances with 10 mcginnis recorded the lowest era of the fall at 1.80 allowing just three earned runs in 15 innings pitched opponents hit just .140 against him while he recorded a team-best whip of 0.93 paris reeves reese hook adam jung michael carden travis corley collin blankenship daniel mcgiboney and josh wirnsberger should add depth to the jaguar bullpen mark calvi garrett harris jake leblanc catchers brent tanner returns for his senior campaign after making 51 starts behind the plate last season in what was his first season catching since high school tanner batted .300 with seven home runs 42 rbi and posted an .835 ops defensively the lucedale miss native should be improved after a full year of working with the pitching staff he led all hitters with a .404 batting average and four home runs this fall and posted an ops of 1.215 kyle dees 2011 south alabama baseball 12

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2011 season outlook brent mitchell returns for his sophomore season and should add depth to the position after seeing limited action in 2010 mitchell collected his first hit as a jaguar last season at memphis when he delivered a two-run home run in his first at-bat of the game trey sorrells and matthew wojciechowski should add depth behind the dish infielders south alabama must find a way to replace three starters in an infield which contributed heavily to last season s school-record tying .972 team fielding percentage third baseman jake overstreet is the only returner who started 20 or more games in the infield last season overstreet tied for the sbc lead in rbi 74 while batting .346 with 11 home runs the thomasville ala native was named to the american baseball coaches association all-south central region second-team for his efforts he enters his senior season 58 rbi shy of the program s career record of 197 held by former jaguar david doss overstreet has started 153 consecutive games at third base entering 2011 and boasts a 155-game consecutive-start streak heading into his final year as a jaguar the jaguars will have to fill a few voids this season most notably up the middle after losing 2010 rawlings gold glove award winner zach grichor and shortstop brandon brown to graduation last year grichor earned his gold glove after commiting just two errors in 311 chances for a fielding percentage of .994 brown was selected in the 22nd round of the 2010 major league baseball firstyear player draft usa will look to jerry roam a junior-college transfer from st louis community college-meramec to take over for brown at shortstop while freshman logan kirkland is expected to fill the void left by grichor at second base dominic diaz corey bryan blake lawson and hunt griffith will add depth in the middle hook will enter the season as the jags starting first baseman after making 16 starts there last season hook hit safely in nine of 16 games in which he started and posted multiple hits in three of those contests he recorded five multiple-rbi games proving his worth as a run-producer in the jaguar lineup jordan patterson could also contribute at first base after hitting .354 with three home runs and 14 rbi while posting a 1.071 ops in 16 games in the fall seth von behren alan luckie jake overstreet outfielders center fielder taylor white returns to lead the jaguar outfield after batting .346 with 12 doubles and 34 rbi in 58 games last season white ranked second in the sbc in stolen bases in 2010 swiping 27 bags in 29 attempts and posted a .412 on-base percentage he led south alabama in runs scored 55 and multiple-hit games 23 the jackson ala native led the sbc with 14 stolen bases in conference games he commited just two errors in 149 chances and recorded five assists which led all jaguar outfielders the jaguars must replace sean laird in right field after he led the team in batting average 350 doubles 17 and slugging percentage 562 last season nolan earley a sophomore from anderson ind is expected to get the nod in right field earley appeared in 25 games last season but made just one start after spending the summer playing for the terre haute rex of the prospect league in which he batted .296 with two home runs and 24 rbi in the wooden bat league earley seems primed to fill laird s void in the lineup patterson and tilur smith will add depth in right field deblieux is expected to start the season in left field when he doesn t pitch he batted .340 with 11 runs scored four doubles and nine rbi in 15 fall scrimmages and posted an on-base percentage of .441 deblieux was named second-team all-conference as a freshman and sophomore at copiah-lincoln community college and led the wolfpack in nearly every offensive category as s sophomore he batted .389 with 12 doubles and 24 stolen bases and finished with a .576 slugging percentage patterson and nathaniel lami are expected to add depth in left field taylor white brent tanner 2011 south alabama baseball 13

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