June 12, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Senior Michael Busby of the UAB baseball team was a leader both on and off the field as the right-handed pitcher was named the Blazers’ Conference USA Spring Spirit of Service Award recipient, announced by the league office on Tuesday.
Busby was one of 12 student-athletes from Conference USA to earn the honor, which is designed to recognize those who have made an impact in the community, have good academic standing and were a contributor to their respected sport.
Busby, a native of Vicksburg, Miss., was a catalyst on the mound for the Blazers, guiding the Green and Gold to its first-ever C-USA Tournament Championship, en route to earning tournament MVP honors. Busby defeated nationally ranked UCF in the team’s first game of the tournament, before returning three days later to earn the save against Memphis in the conference title game.
In UAB’s first NCAA Regional appearance since 1991, Busby took the mound against No. 3 Florida State at Dick Howser Stadium. The righty put forth an outstanding effort against the Seminoles, tossing a complete game, but the Blazers dropped the contest by a 2-1 score.
Away from the diamond, Busby has been involved with a number of charities, including Field of Angels, where he played with children in a handicapped baseball league. He also took part as a volunteer for children events such as Light the Night and Operation Christmas Child. Busby served dinner at an event called Carbs for a Cause and called bingo numbers at the Golden Living Center for Elderly.
Additionally, Busby spent several hours at The Bell Center, visiting young children with disabilities on a number of occasions. Busby helped coordinate a visit to Young Memorial Field for the kids from The Bell Center during Family Day for UAB baseball.
Busby recorded a perfect 4.0 grade point average during his final semester at UAB and is a two-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipient.