Former Crowder pitcher Michael Marra recently announced that he will be continuing his academic and athletic career at the University of South Alabama, a NCAA Division I school based in Mobile.

Former Crowder pitcher Michael Marra recently announced that he will be continuing his academic and athletic career at the University of South Alabama, a NCAA Division I school based in Mobile.
During Crowder’s 54-14 and sixth place in the JUCO World Series, Marra finished with a 2-1 record, a 4.86 ERA and one save in 12 appearances all from the Roughriders’ bullpen. Marra struck out 15 and walked seven batters over his 16 2/3 innings of work.
Marra saw action on the mound in two World Series games, including Crowder’s 10-7 win over Wallace-Dothan (Alabama) in an elimination game.
In that outing, he allowed one run (earned) on two hits over two innings of work, as he came on for Ty Harris in the sixth inning. Marra both struck out and walked one.
Marra — like his Crowder teammates — rebounded well from that moment.
That was Marra’s first appearance since he surrendered the game-winning home run to Seminole State in the ninth inning of their South Central District game at Warren Turner Field.
South Alabama comes off a 40-21 season where the Jaguars reached the NCAA Regional against Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State. The Jaguars won their first game against Mississippi State, but then lost twice for elimination against Southern Miss and Mississippi State in a return bout.
South Alabama won the Sun Belt Conference postseason tournament and the Jaguars have 11 Sun Belt tourney titles, but the one this season was their first since 2005.
The Jaguars are coached by head man Mark Calvi, who took over the South Alabama program in 2011. Bob Keller will be Marra’s pitching coach, a veteran with previous pitching coach stops at Michigan and Dallas Baptist.
Marra is a native of Kansas City, Missouri who played high school ball at Lee’s Summit North.
He will have a chance to face Arkansas State players Nate Alberius and Kyle MacDonald, former teammates at Crowder who signed with the Red Wolves earlier this summer.
Arkansas State and South Alabama both play in the Sun Belt, and in the regular season this past season, South Alabama won 2 of 3 games from the Red Wolves in Jonesboro, both wins coming by 10-run deficits (12-2, 15-5).
The Jaguars then prevailed 4-2 over Arkansas State in the Sun Belt tournament semis.
South Alabama’s 2017 schedule in the regular season included games against Baylor, Auburn, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi, and LSU.