June 6, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Former UAB baseball player Jamal Austin returned to Birmingham as the Jackson Generals take on the Birmingham Barons this weekend. Austin was a member of the UAB baseball team from 2009-11.
"It's nice," Austin said. "I enjoy being back. I saw the coaches earlier today. I enjoy seeing them. I still keep in contact with a lot of them. It feels good being here again. My time at UAB was great. I just want to keep it going through the minors, see how far I can go."
Coming into the five-game series with the Birmingham Barons, Austin was riding a six-game hitting streak in his first season as a member of the Jackson Generals. On Thursday night, Austin extended his streak with a two-RBI single to right field in the top of the ninth inning.
Austin owns a .249 batting average on the year. The Kennesaw, Ga. native ranks fourth in the Southern League in stolen bases (16) for the 2014 season. He ranks second on the club in hits (50) and fourth in doubles (8).
In his time at UAB, Austin was a three-year starter for the Blazers. He earned All-Conference USA honors in each season he played in Birmingham, taking home All-C-USA First Team accolades in 2011. Austin ranks fourth in program history with 74 career steals. He was a .339 career hitter with 119 runs scored and 83 RBI, as well.
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