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Cougars pitcher commits to UAB

By Gary Lloyd

CLAY — A Clay-Chalkville senior pitcher has committed to UAB.

Matthew Calvert pledged to the Blazers on Sunday night. Calvert said UAB offered him about three weeks ago.

“I love everything about UAB,” Calvert said. “I became so close to the coaches (that) it just felt like home.”

Calvert said a key reason for choosing UAB was his son, Easton.

Clay-Chalkville senior pitcher Matthew Calvert
file photo by Ron Burkett

“I get to play the game I love at a great baseball program and get to be in Easton’s life throughout college,” he said. “Ultimately, that’s why I chose UAB, to be close to home and be the best father I can be.”

Calvert also held scholarship offers from Charleston Southern, Northwest Florida State College, Wallace State Community College and Florida International.

As a junior earlier this year, Calvert pitched in 11 games, totaling 57.1 innings pitched. He compiled a 4-4 record with a 1.96 earned run average (17 earned runs). He struck out 55 batters.

Calvert last month pitched one inning, allowing no hits and one unearned run in the North’s 9-8 win over the South in the North-South All-Star baseball series. He walked one batter and struck out two.

Hewitt-Trussville senior shortstop Carter Pharis is also a UAB verbal commitment.

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