Mark Ingram to throw out first pitch at Bama’s baseball game

TUSCALOOSA, AL - Alabama running back Mark Ingram will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday, April 24 when the Crimson Tide baseball team hosts Mississippi State in a crucial three-game Southeastern Conference series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner joins Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch for Alabama's SEC opener against Vanderbilt on March 19.

"We are excited to have Mark Ingram coming to the game this Saturday and throw out the first pitch," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said.  "Coach Saban threw out the first pitch before the Vanderbilt game and that brought a lot of energy to the crowd and to our team.

"Anytime you have a Heisman Trophy winner spend time in your dugout before the game and talk to the coaches and players, it is a special moment.  I know I am looking forward to it and the players are too.  The University of Alabama has a great tradition and to have Coach Saban and Mark Ingram come out after a national championship and Heisman Trophy season makes it even more special for us."

Ingram was the 2009 SEC Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns in leading Alabama to the 2009 BCS National Championship. He averaged 118.1 yards per game.