TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama pitcher Connor Shamblin announced on Tuesday that he'll be leaving the Crimson Tide and transferring to Memphis.
The right-hander is originally from the state. He was recruited out of Briarcrest Christian High School in Lakeland, Tenn.
Shamblin pitched three years for the Crimson Tide, going 7-3 over his career.
This past season as a junior he returned from injuries in the spring to total 46.0 innings in 15 appearances overall, including 24.1 frames across six starts. Shamblin went 4-2 record with one save and a 4.70 ERA, and struck out 44 compared to 16 walks and limited opposing hitters to a .249 average.
As a sophomore he went 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA (9 ER/20.0 IP) across his four starts before the season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Shamblin was second on the Crimson Tide in innings pitched and strikeouts (20).
He appeared in 14 games with four starts as a freshman in 2019, going 2-1 in 23.0 innings of work. Shamblin struck out 26 and limited opposing hitters to a .227 average.
When he made the start in game two of a doubleheader against Presbyterian, and earned the series-clinching win, Shamblin joined Tyler Ras to become the first freshman duo to start on opening weekend since Taylor Guilbeau and Justin Kamplain did so in 2012.
He threw 4.0 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out five. Samblin came back a week later to combine for a shutout of Ball State in the series finale to help the Tide secure the series with a win.
With the back-to-back wins, Shamblin became the first freshman to win his first two career starts since Taylor Wolfe did so in 2010.