KB Sides joins the Alabama Razorbacks

By on July 6, 2021 0


FAYETTEVILLE, Arche. – Arkansas head coach Courtney Deifel added a veteran Alabama outfielder, adding KB Sides to the roster as a graduate transfer. Teams will be immediately eligible with one year of eligibility remaining and join pitcher Callie Turner of Tennessee as new Razorbacks.

Sides has been a staple of Crimson Tide’s roster for the past three years, starting 143 games in his career. Last season, she started 47 of the 48 games she played to win the NFCA South Third Team and a spot on the SEC Defense Team. She reached 0.314 with 11 doubles while posting a base percentage of 0.405. The Dora, Ala., Native also showed a good eye at home, walking 24 times and hitting just 18 times in 137 at-bat.

In the pandemic shortened season of 2020 as a junior, Sides started all 22 games and led the Tide with an average of 0.483 and an incredible OPS of 1.128. She stepped into a starting role in sophomore, seeing her name in the starting lineup 69 times. She produced in her new role, reaching 0.304 with 22 bases stolen. Her performance at the SEC tournament placed her on the All-Tournament squad. As a freshman, she saved time primarily as a pinch hitter by scoring in 44 games with five starts. In a limited time, she reached 0.261 with nine points scored.

Graduated from Sumiton Christian School in Dora, Ala. Sides was the 2017 Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year and three-time Max Preps All-American. She was a 2017 USA Today and NFCA All-American second All-American team. The NFCA and New Balance also awarded him the Golden Shoe award for stolen bases. Her team won back-to-back Alabama State Championships in 2015 and 2016, when they were named Alabama 2A Player of the Year.

Deifel and the Razorbacks enjoyed the most successful season in program history last spring, winning the school’s first-ever Southeastern Conference regular season championship. The Hogs also hosted an NCAA Regional for the second time only and an NCAA Super Regional for the first time.

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