South Ala hires Calvi to take over baseball

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - South Alabama has hired South Carolina assistant coach Mark Calvi to take over the baseball program.

The school said Thursday that Calvi will replace retiring coach Steve Kittrell after next season. He will serve as associate head coach until then.

The 41-year-old Calvi helped lead South Carolina to a College World Series title last season.

He is scheduled to be introduced at a news conference on Friday.

South Alabama athletic director Joel Erdmanns said he liked Calvi's track record with pitching and recruiting.

Calvi has worked with the Gamecocks for the past six seasons after 11 years with Florida International.

He has worked with five pitchers who reached the major leagues.

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