KB Sides is moving to Razorbacks from Alabama
FAYETTEVILLE, Arch. – Arkansas Head Coach Courtney Deifel has added a seasoned Alabama outfielder and added KB Sides to the roster as a graduate transfer. Sides are immediately eligible with one year remaining and join Tennessee pitcher Callie Turner as the newest razorbacks.
Sides has been an integral part of the Crimson Tide lineup for the past three years, starting in 143 games in their career. Last season she started 47 of the 48 games she played to win the NFCA Third-Team All-South Region and a spot on the SEC All-Defensive Team. She hit .314 with 11 doubles while posting a .405 on-base percentage. The native Dora, Ala., Also showed a good eye when she ran 24 times on the plate and failed only 18 times in 137 at-bats.
During the 2020 season shortened by the pandemic as a junior, Sides started all 22 games and led the tide with an average of 0.483 and an incredible 1.128 OPS. She switched to a starting role as a student and saw her name in the starting XI 69 times. She produced in her new role, hitting .304 with 22 bases stolen. Her performance at the SEC tournament brought her to the all-tournament team. As a newcomer, she earned herself primarily as a pinch hitter in 44 games with five starts. In a limited time she reached .261 with nine runs.
He came from Sumiton Christian School in Dora, Ala. Sides was the 2017 Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year and three-time Max Preps All-American. She was USA Today Second Team All-American and NFCA All-American in 2017. The NFCA, together with New Balance, also awarded her the Golden Shoe Award for stolen bases. Her team won the Alabama State Championships in a row in 2015 and was named Alabama 2A Player of the Year in 2016.
Deifel and the Razorbacks had the most successful season in the program’s history last spring, winning the school’s very first Southeastern Conference championship of the school’s regular season. The Hogs also hosted an NCAA Regional for the second time and an NCAA Super Regional for the first time.