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The Crimson Tide welcomes Memphis, North Carolina and Troy to Rhoads Stadium
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THIS WEEK: EASTON CRIMSON CLASSIC (TUSCALOOSA, ALA.)
  • Friday, Feb. 26 vs. Memphis (DH) – 4 p.m. CT
  • Saturday, Feb. 27 vs. UNC (DH) – 11 a.m. CT
  • Sunday, Feb. 28 vs. Troy – 1 p.m. CT
SCOUTING ALABAMA
  • Third-ranked Alabama heads into week three with a 9-0 record, most recently defeating UAB Wednesday night, 7-1
  • Alabama outscored its opponents 32-11 at last weekend's Easton Bama Bash, including a lopsided 13-5 victory in the finale over LSU, matching the most runs by the Tide against Tigers in program history
  • Alabama continues to move up the national rankings, coming in as high as No. 3 across this week's Top 25
  • Kaylee Tow was named NFCA and SEC Player of the Week after hitting a scorching .786 over the weekend with a team-leading 11 hits, seven runs scored and nine RBIs
  • Alabama returns 17 players from last season, including all seven 2020 seniors, while adding five freshmen
INSIDE THE SERIES
  • Overall vs. Memphis: 3-0
    • In Tuscaloosa: 1-0 | In Memphis: 0-0 | At Neutral Sites: 2-0
  • Current Streak: Alabama +3
  • Last Meeting: Feb. 10, 2012 - Mobile, Ala. - W, 8-0 (5)
  • Last Meeting in Tuscaloosa: May 21, 2011 NCAA Regional - W, 7-1

  • Overall vs. North Carolina: 9-1
    • In Tuscaloosa: 5-0 | In Chapel Hill: 2-0 | At Neutral Sites: 2-1
  • Current Streak: North Carolina +1
  • Last Meeting: Feb. 8, 2020 - Tallahassee, Fla. - L, 8-9
  • Last Meeting in Tuscaloosa: March 12, 2011 - W, 10-1 (5)

  • Overall vs. Troy: 21-0
    • In Tuscaloosa: 11-0 | In Troy: 8-0 | At Neutral Sites: 2-0
  • Current Streak: Alabama +21
  • Last Meeting: Feb. 10, 2019 - Troy, Ala. - W, 8-0 (6)
  • Last Meeting in Tuscaloosa: Feb. 24, 2016 - W, 8-0 (6)
LAST TIME OUT: ALABAMA VS. UAB
  • Alabama defeated UAB, 7-1, in its first midweek contest of the season Wednesday night at Rhoads Stadium
  • The Crimson Tide started the scoring with a three-run home from from freshman Bailey Dowling in the bottom of the first, stretching its first-inning scoring streak to five straight games
  • Dowling and Claire Jenkins both reached base safely and have now done so in every game this season
KAYLEE TOW NAMED NFCA AND SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
  • A stellar weekend at the plate earned Kaylee Tow national and league recognition, as she was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of the Week and the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week
  • Tow paced the Alabama offense in an undefeated weekend at the Easton Bama Bash, going 11-for-14 (.786) at the plate with a team-leading seven runs scored and nine RBIs
  • She had four multi-hit performances, including a season-best three hits on Friday against Liberty and in back-to-back games against eighth-ranked LSU
  • In the weekend finale against the Tigers, she scored three times and drove in a career-best five RBIs to help the Tide score 13 runs, its highest total in program history against LSU
  • She is the eighth NFCA Player of the Week in program history and just the third position player, joining Kelley Montalvo (March 11, 2008) and Charlotte Morgan (April 8, 2008)
  • The weekly conference award is the second of Tow's career, previously winning on Feb. 11, 2019, and marks the 48th SEC Player of the Week honor in program history
STARTING EARLY
  • Alabama has hit the ground running so far this year, scoring 22 of its 68 runs in the first inning, the most of any inning
  • The Tide is outscoring its opponents 22-1 in the first inning and 29-3 across the first two frames
  • Alabama has scored in the first inning in seven of its nine games played, including the last five straight
  • Tide batters have reached base safely in 24 out of 51 chances (.471) when leading off an inning, while opponents have only reached 10 times in 57 opportunities (.175)
  • KB Sides has seen the most opportunities to lead off an inning, batting 5-for-11 (.455)
TWO OUTS, SO WHAT?
  • The Tide offense has been a tough third out to say the least, hitting 29-for-79 (.367) with two outs
  • 34 of the team's 56 RBIs this season have come with two outs
  • Bailey Dowling has seen the most at-bats with two out this season, going 8-for-14 (.571) with 12 RBIs, three doubles and three home runs
  • Kaylee Tow is close behind with a 5-for-11 (.455) two-out clip with six RBIs
ALABAMA MOVES UP IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
  • Alabama moved up in all four national rankings this week, coming in at No. 3 in the USA Softball and D1 Softball polls and No. 4 in the NFCA and Softball America rankings
  • This marks the team's highest ranking since being at No. 1 or 2 in every preseason poll last season
SHUTOUT STREAK
  • A one-out solo home run in the top of the third from Liberty on Feb. 19 went as the first run allowed this season for Alabama, ending the shutout streak at 26.1 innings
  • It was the second-longest shutout streak to start a season in program history, only trailing the 29.2 innings to start the 2011 campaign
Most Alabama Shutout Innings to Start a Season
  • 29.2 (2011)
  • 26.1 (2021)
  • 23.0 (2018)
  • 18.1 (2005)
  • 13.1 (2017)
HEMPHILL CLOSING IN ON UA CAREER HOME RUN AND WALKS RECORDS, 200 RBIS
  • Senior Bailey Hemphill's 50 career home runs ranks fifth all-time and sits 10 behind Kelly Kretschman's (1998-2001) career record of 60
  • She is the fifth player in program history to reach the 50 home run mark, the first since Kaila Hunt (2011-14)
  • Hemphill hit nine home runs her freshman season, improved to 13 as a sophomore and tied the UA single-season record in 2019 with 26
  • Her power potential also leads to a lot of teams pitching carefully to the slugger, as she has drawn 184 career walks, which is 15 away from Haylie McCleney's (2013-16) record total of 199
  • Hemphill also owns 189 career RBIs, putting her within striking distance of becoming the third Alabama player with 200 RBIs
  • Charlotte Morgan (2007-10) owns the UA record with 264 career RBIs and Kaila Hunt (2011-14) is the only other player to surpass 200, finishing with 215
ELISSA RUNNING UP STOLEN BASE RANKINGS
  • With 120 career stolen bases, Elissa Brown passed Haylie McCleney (2013-16) to move into the UA top five
  • Above her, Kelly Kretschman and Jennifer Fenton are tied at third with 133, Kayla Braud sits in second with 182 and Brittany Rogers holds the record with 198
  • Brown is also sixth in career stolen base percentage at .896
HOME SWEET HOME
  • Alabama sports a 627-115 (.845) all-time record at home, including a 591-99 (.857) mark under head coach Patrick Murphy and a 572-95 (.858) record at Rhoads Stadium, the Tide's home field since 2000
  • Since Rhoads Stadium opened in 2000, Alabama has won at least 25 home games in 17 of its 20 years there
 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama softball opened play at the Easton Crimson City Classic Friday with a doubleheader sweep against Memphis, winning 8-3 and 5-1.

Fifteen different Alabama (11-0) players came to the plate in the doubleheader against Memphis (0-6), with eight earning a hit. In game one, Maddie Morgan and Bailey Dowling each drove in a pair of runs, with Dowling going 2-for-3 for her third multi-hit game of the season. In game two, Bailey Hemphill and Kaylee Tow provided the spark batting third and fourth, respectively, with Hemphill going 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and Tow driving in three on a fifth-inning home run, her third of the season.

Hemphill's two RBIs pushes her to 191 for her career, tying her with Kelly Kretschman (1998-2001) at fourth all-time in the Crimson Tide record books.

In the circle, Fouts (5-0) struck out 11 batters in 4.1 innings of work in game one, with Jaala Torrence making her first appearance at Rhoads Stadium in relief with 2.2 one-hit innings with five strikeouts. Krystal Goodman (1-0) went the distance in game two for her first win of the season, allowing just one run over 7.0 innings.

FROM HEAD COACH PATRICK MURPHY
"It was good to some players experience in the games today. Kayla Davis ripped a ball and Kat Grill got on base three times. In the nine spot, she got on base three times and turned the lineup over which is a very good thing, especially for a freshman in her first start. Everybody got some action tonight which is really good to see."

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hemphill's two RBIs moved her to fourth all-time in the UA career records with 191
  • Alabama has scored in the first inning in seven of its 11 games, outscoring opponents 23-1
  • Freshman Bailey Dowling has reached base safely in all 11 games this season
  • Fifteen different players got at least one plate appearance in Friday's doubleheader
  • Freshmen Kat Grill got her first career hit while fellow freshman Jaala Torrence made her Rhoads Stadium debut
SCORING SUMMARY
  • GAME ONE (Alabama 8, Memphis 3)
    • B2 | Maddie Morgan scored on a wild pitch for the first run of the game (1-0, 1 out)
    • B3 | Kaylee Tow's RBI double scored Alexis Mack (2-0, 0 out)
    • B3 | Lexi Kilfoyl lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Tow (3-0, 1 out)
    • B3 | Savannah Woodard singled to the shortstop, scoring Bailey Dowling (4-0, 2 out)
    • T4 | A two-run home run got Memphis on the board (4-2, 0 out)
    • B4 | Dowling smacked a two-run double that scored Mack and Kayla Davis (6-2, 1 out)
    • B4 | Maddie Morgan dropped a single down the first base line to add a pair (8-2, 1 out)
    • T5 | Memphis scored on a wild pitch (8-3, 1 out)
  • GAME TWO (Alabama 5, Memphis 1)
    • B1 | Bailey Hemphill drove in Elissa Brown on a sacrifice fly (1-0, 1 out)
    • B5 | Hemphill hit an RBI single to drive in Kat Grill (2-0, 2 out)
    • B5 | Kaylee Tow blasted a two-out, three-run home run (5-0, 2 out)
    • T7 | Memphis' Rowland hit a solo home run that just cleared the center field fence (5-1, 0 out)
UP NEXT – EASTON CRIMSON CLASSIC (TUSCALOOSA, ALA.)
  • Saturday, Feb. 27 vs. UNC (DH) – 11 a.m. CT
  • Sunday, Feb. 28 vs. Troy – 1 p.m. CT
 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama softball was dominant in the circle across a Saturday doubleheader shutout against North Carolina, with Lexi Kilfoyl throwing a no-hitter in a 2-0 win before Montana Fouts followed with a two-hit shutout and 12 strikeouts in a 4-0 game two decision.

Kilfoyl allowed just one walk in 7.0 innings of work, striking out eight for her first career no-hitter. It is the 37th in program history and already the second of the season for the Crimson Tide, following the combined perfect game from Fouts and Sarah Cornell on opening day at Alabama State.

Alabama's (13-0) two runs in the opening game against North Carolina (5-4) came on a solo home run from Bailey Hemphill, her first long ball of the season, and an RBI double from Kilfoyl to help her own cause. In game two, the teams were scoreless until the Tide capitalized on a two-out error in the bottom of the fourth, plating four unearned runs that ultimately were the difference in the 4-0 win.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Kilfoyl's no-hitter was the first of her career, 37th in Alabama softball history and second for the Tide this season
  • Montana Fouts' 12 strikeouts was just one shy of her career best set last weekend against Liberty (Feb. 20) and her fourth double-digit strikeout performance in six appearances this season
  • Bailey Hemphill hit her first home run of the season, a solo shot that moved her past Kelly Kretschman in the UA career records with 192 RBIs
SCORING SUMMARY
UP NEXT – EASTON CRIMSON CLASSIC (TUSCALOOSA, ALA.)
  • Sunday, Feb. 28 vs. Troy – 1 p.m. CT
 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama softball capped an undefeated weekend at the Easton Crimson Classic with a 2-0 shutout over Troy Sunday afternoon at Rhoads Stadium.

Heads-up baserunning provided the offensive spark for Alabama (14-0) against Troy (13-3), with a first-inning wild pitch scoring Alexis Mack and some great first-to-third hustle by Kayla Davis on a sacrifice bunt forcing an errant throw that allowed her to score and make it 2-0, which ultimately proved final.

After throwing a no-hitter Saturday, Lexi Kilfoyl (6-0) earned her second start of the weekend and threw a complete-game shutout with just three hits and one walk along with nine strikeouts. Since giving up a seventh-inning run Friday night to Memphis, the Crimson Tide bullpen has thrown 21-straight shutout innings.

FROM HEAD COACH PATRICK MURPHY
"As the competition gets better and better, the execution by our hitters needs to go up as well. If the pitching is great, the execution needs to be even better. Bailey Dowling had a perfect sacrifice bunt and today was probably the first time she was asked to bunt since the ninth grade. Kayla Davis had the play of the game with the heads-up base running, tearing into third base and then scoring a run on the error on the throw. Great baserunning positives for us today basically won the game. These close games are really good for us. Everybody needs to feel that anxiety and that close-game feeling. It's good for us, it's good for the pitchers, it's good for everyone. You can't create that anxiety in-game feeling in practice. I'd love to try, but it's not the same."

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Lexi Kilfoyl continued what has been a dominant season in the circle so far, now with just one earned run over 38.0 innings pitched for a 0.18 ERA and 43 strikeouts
  • Alexis Mack went 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot, earning her third multi-hit game of the season
  • Tide pitching has now thrown 21 straight scoreless innings since allowing a seventh-inning run against Memphis on Friday
SCORING SUMMARY
  • B1 | A wild pitch brought Alexis Mack home from third (1-0, 1 Out)
  • B4 | Pinch-runner Kayla Davis hustled from first to third on a sacrifice bunt and then came home on an errant throw (2-0, 0 Out)
EASTON CRIMSON CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
UP NEXT - ALABAMA VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE
  • Wednesday, March 3 – 6 p.m. CT – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
 

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