Crimson Tide Roll Call: April 17, 2019

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Christopher Walsh

Today is …

National Cheeseball Day

Today’s Crimson Tide schedule

• Women’s golf: SEC Championships at Birmingham, all day

How to watch, keep up with the Crimson Tide

• Women’s golf: SEC Championships at Birmingham, all day, Live Results

Yesterday’s Crimson Tide results

• Sophomore Wilson Furr claimed his first career collegiate medalist honor to lead the No. 24 Alabama men’s golf team to a dominating victory at the inaugural Shoal Creek Invitational. The Crimson Tide was the only team to end play below par with a 54-hole total of 13-under 851 (285-281-285) – 19 shots better than the next closest team – while securing its first tournament win of the spring.No. 12 LSU was second at 6-over par 870, while No. 15 North Florida was third with an 876.

“I am really proud of our guys,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. “About three weeks ago, we kind of hit that tipping point and I thought they’ve done an incredible job since then. We had a team meeting and one of two things was going to happen; we were either going to implode or we were going to get better and we’ve certainly gotten better. That’s a testament to our players. They have worked their tails off, we’ve had great practices and the energy has been there. He had some adversity this season, but our guys never quit. We’re getting better and it’s nice to have something good happen prior to playing in the postseason.”

• Alabama baseball used five pitchers in completing the season sweep of UAB, 3-2. Redshirt sophomore Garret Rukes (3-0) collected the win with 2.0 scoreless innings, while Jeremy Randolph (6) earned the save.

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener:

136 days

Did you notice?

• Ric Serritella’s draft primer on the running backs for includes both Josh Jacobs and Damien Harris

• Portious Warren was named the SEC Field Athlete of the Week after bettering her own school record in the shot put during the Crimson Tide Invitational.

• Ok, we have to admit that we didn’t notice this during A-Day:

• Interesting read from Andy Staples of on why strength coaches are the heart and soul of modern college football. It includes a mention about Scott Cochran.

• Sarah Cornell was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week. The junior right-hander was 2-0, throwing a complete-game victory on Saturday before earning a second win in relief Monday. Overall, the transfer from Hofstra is 17-1 with a 1.87 ERA over 89.2 innings pitched. In SEC play, she is 6-1 with a 1.71 ERA that ranks third among league pitchers.

• Despite sweeping No. 13 Georgia last weekend, Alabama softball remained at No. 5 in the USA Today/NFCA top-25 poll and No. 7 in the Softball poll.

• How JaMychal Green played his part in the biggest postseason comeback in NBA history:

• Senior Andie Daniell was named the SEC Player of the Week in women’s tennis. She defeated No. 88 Martina Zerulo of Arkansas, 7-6(2), 6-0, on the way to the Tide’s 4-2 comeback victory on Friday. On Senior Day, she had a 6-3 doubles win alongside sophomore partner Moka Ito, and a 6-2, 6-1, singles victory over No. 106 Mackenzy Middlebrook of Missouri.

• The SunSentinel looked at how Minkah Fitzpatrick could influence the Dolphins’ NFL draft plan.

• The Alabama women’s tennis team moved up two spots to No. 33 in the Oracle/ITA National Team Rankings. Senior Andie Daniell also came in at No. 49 in singles.

• Former Alabama golfer Jason Bohn, who at age 43 had a heart attack in the middle of a round (and not only finished but made the cut), visited with cardiac patients in Montgomery.

• Former Alabama women’s basketball player Quanetria Bolton is averaging 17.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists for Sport Lisboa Benfica in Portugal, while Ashley Williams is averaging 10.2 points and 6.4 reboundsf or TSV 1880 Wasserburg in Germany.

• Finally, it’s not very often you see an athletic department promote the opening of a bowling alley …

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

April 17, 1979: Paul W. “Bear” Bryant says E.J. Junior, who had been a defensive end during his first two seasons at Alabama, will be moved back to his old position after trying safety as a spring experiment. "E.J. was doing all right, but we have to have him closer to the action,” the coach said. Also praised by the coach for having a good spring were cornerback Don McNeal, defensive lineman Warren Lyles, center Dwight Stephenson, guard Mike Brock, fullback Steve Whitman and guard Jim Bunch. — Bryant Museum

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

"In the second quarter, I saw [Gino] Torretta look over at me, and he froze for a second. I saw fear." –Alabama defensive end John Copeland after the 1993 Sugar Bowl.