Depth and Flexibility Give the Crimson Tide a Versatile Lineup in 2014
With such a rich history in only 17 years as a program, the list of accomplishments left to tackle for Alabama softball grows smaller each year. The 2013 season, however, was a major first for the program: defending a national championship. Looking objectively, 2013 was another successful season for the Tide. Alabama boasted four All-Americans, three All-SEC honorees and earned a 15th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. But, in the end, an early exit from the SEC Tournament and defeat at the hands of Tennessee in the Knoxville Super Regional prevented a proper title defense.
“We had so many new people in major positions last year,” says Patrick Murphy
, who enters his 16th season as Alabama’s head coach in 2014. “I’m not sure everyone realized, but in certain situations they had to be the person who delivered when we needed it. I think it took them a while to get used to that.”