TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama sophomore outfielder Casey Hughston (Mobile, Ala./Baker HS), is one of college baseball’s brightest shining stars this far in 2015. Hughston is in the top ten in six hitting categories; however in an interview with College Baseball Central Monday Hughston said stats are not what are on his mind right now.
“I am not even thinking about stats right now, just trying to do what I can to help the team out,” Hughston stated. “I am just trying to take it easy and not do too much. I just want to play and win.”
Hughston, who has registered an extra-base hit in nine games along with recording one or more RBI in nine games, sits at number one in the nation in total bases (44), second in the nation in hits (25), third in RBI’s (18), fourth in doubles (9), seventh in slugging percentage (.978), and eighth in the nation in batting (.556).
On top of that, Hughston has also tallied eight multi-hit games in 10 games played, while logging at least one extra-base hit in eight games, and has correspondingly, drove in one or more RBI in eight games so far this season.
“I like attacking the game,” said the Mobile Alabama native. “When the game is over I think to myself, did I give it my all, did I hustle enough, and did I give as much effort as I could. This is a game of failure, and I have to keep the right mindset. Don’t let it affect me off the field, and keep a level head. My preparation has changed a little bit from last year, because over the summer I matured as a ball player and I’ve learned to think about the game different. ”
Hughston has the honor of playing at one of the most prestigious schools in the nation at Alabama, and even more specifically in one of the most prestigious conferences in the nation as well, playing in the Southeastern Conference. Power house schools and star-studded talent is what the SEC is known for, and winning sports games is what Alabama is known for.
Alabama, who starts SEC play Tuesday hosting Auburn, sits at 7-4 overall and is batting .297 as a team. Hughston is a big part of those numbers.
“It’s the best conference in the nation,” Hughston said. “The best players, the best fans, and it is exciting. I have been an Alabama fan my whole life, and it was a dream to come play here.”
Check out Hughston and the Crimson Tide this week starting with Auburn Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, Ala. Then Alabama follows up with a three game series versus Lipscomb in Mobile Ala., at Hank Aaron Stadium March 6-8, ending with a doubleheader on March 10 in Hoover Ala., versus Alabama State.