Aug. 1, 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- UAB outfielder Brint Hardy has been named the Player of the Year for the Alaska Baseball League after an outstanding couple months playing for the Athletes In Action Fire.
Hardy, from Homewood and a rising senior for the Blazers, hit .421 in 37 games for the Fire. In addition to leading the league in batting, he also led the ABL this season in hits (59), stolen bases (27) and runs (33).
Hardy carried to Alaska the momentum of a torrid second half of the collegiate season while playing for UAB. He finished the season for the Blazers hitting .338 and ranked fifth in Conference USA in stolen bases with 24.
"We are thrilled for Brint being named the Most Valuable Player in one of the premier summer collegiate leagues in the country," said UAB head coach Brian Shoop. "Actually, after starting off last year slowly, Brint had a tremendous second half of the year for our team, so he simply carried his momentum through the summer. There was no question that he belongs among the elite players in college baseball.
"What makes it even more special, is that Brint is one of the nicest and most humble people you will ever meet," Shoop said. "He is a great role model off the field as well as an outstanding player on the field. We fully expect Brint to be one of our leaders next season and Blazer fans will love watching him for one more spring."
In addition to Hardy, his UAB teammate Jonathan Merritt was also honored this week for his play in the Alaska League, also for the AIA Fire. Merritt, a shortstop from Douglasville, Ga., was named to the ABL's second team. Second baseman Nick Crawford joined Hardy and Merritt on the AIA Fire team during the summer.