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Alabama baseball plays on after killer tornado

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TALLAHASSEE, FL (WALB) -  The Alabama baseball team starts their road to the College World Series in Tallahassee this weekend.

A Crimson Tide trip to Omaha would certainly help the Tuscaloosa community in its rebuilding and recovery efforts for the killer tornado that leveled much of the town five weeks ago.

The Alabama baseball team had its share of loss in the storm.

Six players lost the homes where they were living, eight players had their cars destroyed and one player from Canada lost his wallet and passport.

Two players rode out the tornado in their bathtub with a mattress covering them.

When they pulled the mattress back, the bathtub was the only thing left of their house.

Despite the devastation, the Alabama baseball team played a conference series three days later and swept Mississippi State.

Head coach Mitch Gaspard says the team pulled together after the storm to help each other and the Tuscaloosa community in the recovery process.

Mitch Gaspard said. "Certain guys had to take care of things. Then you talk about don't have vehicles. So, we had to organize for a couple of weeks there where guys were going to be in the right spot to take of what they needed to."

 

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Alabama plays Central Florida at 12:00 p.m. Friday at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.

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