Feb. 5, 2008
Each Tuesday and Thursday leading up to UAB's first game of the season with Ball State on Feb. 22, UABsports.com will preview the 2008 Blazers. Today we take a look at the Blazer catchers and on Thursday, the UAB infield will be the topic of discussion.
With the departure of first-team All-Conference USA catcher Danny Sawyer due to graduation, there are big shoes to fill behind the plate in 2008. Looking to provide battery mate services behind the dish for the UAB baseball team this season include juniors Allen Aubin and Brint Hardy.
Aubin started in 25 games last season playing primarily at second base where he boasted a .313 on-base percentage. Hardy started in 38 games in the outfield last season, which is where UAB head coach Brian Shoop would prefer to keep him in 2008.
Also in the mix behind the plate are redshirt freshman Andrew Manning and sophomore Kevin Cope.
"Allen is ahead behind the plate," Shoop said. "Andrew and Brint are both in the mix. We really don't want to take Brint out of the outfield because he is very good out there. Kevin Cope is back to being almost fully healthy which will be good."
Junior transfer Digger Towe
was expected to provide extensive services behind the plate this season, but will be sidelined while he recovers from injury. Towe hit .346 with six home runs for Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College in 2006.
Last season, Sawyer batted .293 with a team-high 17 doubles and 33 RBI. He allowed just eight passed balls and held a fielding percentage of .960.