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The 2020 St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational schedule was released Wednesday morning by ESPN Events and is presented by Wilson.

There will be 39 high-profile Division-I games played during the weekend of Feb. 13-16 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.

Five of the 16 participating teams played in the 2019 Women's College World Series, including defending national champion UCLA, and 14 programs made the NCAA Tournament field.

Tickets for this event are sold out but you can be placed on the waitlist here. Single day passes will go on-sale in October.


Here are six games on the schedule that should have big crowds.

Alabama vs. Washington

Could there be a better game to end the first night of the weekend? We don't think so. Just picture Montana Fouts versus Gabbie Plain. After not playing one another last season, this could be a WCWS preview.

Minnesota vs. Oklahoma State

Happy Valentine's Day to softball fans everywhere. ESPN's gift is another potential WCWS matchup.

James Madison vs. Texas Tech

This is an intriguing game because both teams had a great 2019 season. The Dukes lost to UCLA in the Super Regional round and the Red Raiders lost to LSU in the if necessary game in Regionals. Texas Tech surpassed expectations last year and is looking to build on that.

Georgia vs. Northwestern

Does anyone remember how great this 2018 Regional Final was? We do! Northwestern is back and in a big way. Georgia will have to find out how to replace Alyssa DiCarlo but this definitely could be a fun game to watch.

Alabama vs. UCLA

Another gift to softball fans. We will just go ahead and thank the tournament directors right now.

Mizzou vs. Virginia Tech

This game will feature two of the best young players in the game. Virginia Tech's Darby Trull was named an SA All-American last season and Jazmyn Rollin was a finalist for Freshman Player of the Year.


Schedule

Thursday, February 13


9:30 a.m. - Alabama vs. Liberty
10:00 a.m. - Oklahoma State vs. Virginia Tech
12:30 p.m. - South Carolina vs. Texas Tech
1:00 p.m. - Kansas vs. Missouri
3:30 p.m. - Oklahoma State vs. USF
4:00 p.m. - Alabama vs. Washington

Friday, February 14

10:00 a.m. - South Carolina vs. Virginia Tech
10:30 a.m. - Alabama vs. USF
11:30 a.m. - Minnesota vs. Oklahoma State
12:00 p.m. - Georgia vs. Kansas
1:00 p.m. - Florida State vs. Washington
2:30 p.m. - Liberty vs. Missouri
3:00 p.m. - Georgia vs. Northwestern
3:00 p.m. - James Madison vs. Texas Tech
4:00 p.m. - Alabama vs. UCLA
5:30 p.m. - Missouri vs. Oklahoma State
6:00 p.m. - Florida State vs. Minnesota
6:00 p.m. - Kansas vs. South Carolina
7:00 p.m. - Liberty vs. Washington

Saturday, February 15

10:00 a.m. - Georgia vs. Texas Tech
10:30 a.m. - Alabama vs. Oklahoma State
10:30 a.m. - Kansas vs. Northwestern
11:30 a.m. - Liberty vs. UCLA
1:00 p.m. - Missouri vs. Virginia Tech
1:30 p.m. - James Madison vs. Kansas
2:00 p.m. - Florida State vs. Northwestern
2:00 p.m. - South Carolina vs. Washington
4:00 p.m. - Georgia vs. UCLA
5:00 p.m. - Minnesota vs. Virginia Tech
5:30 p.m. - Texas Tech vs. USF
6:00 p.m. - James Madison vs. Missouri

Sunday, February 16

9:00 a.m. - Georgia vs. USF
9:30 a.m. - Minnesota vs. Missouri
10:00 a.m. - Texas Tech vs. Washington
12:00 p.m. - Florida State vs. Liberty
12:00 p.m. - Northwestern vs. Virginia Tech
12:30 p.m. - James Madison vs. South Carolina
3:30 p.m. - UCLA vs. USF
7:00 p.m. - Florida State vs. UCLA

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Three of the games will be nationally televised


THIS WEEK: ST. PETE/CLEARWATER ELITE INVITATIONAL
Clearwater, Fla. – Eddie C. Moore Complex
Thursday, Feb. 13

  • vs. Liberty – 8:30 a.m. CT
  • vs. #1/1 Washington – 3 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Friday, Feb. 14

  • vs. USF – 9:30 a.m. CT
  • vs. #3/2 UCLA – 3 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Saturday, Feb. 15

vs. #16/16 Oklahoma State (SEC Network)


SCOUTING ALABAMA
  • Alabama heads into week two with a 1-3 record after splitting two games with North Carolina last weekend and taking a pair of losses to ninth-ranked Florida State in Tallahassee
  • This marks the second consecutive week the Crimson Tide will play multiple games against ranked opponents, facing three in Washington (#1/1), UCLA (#3/2) and Oklahoma State (#16/16)
  • Alabama is ranked No. 8 in this week's D1Softball poll, No. 9 in the NFCA and USA Softball polls and No. 11 in the Softball America rankings
  • The Tide roster will be bolstered this week by the addition of freshman catcher Abby Doerr, who was cleared by the NCAA to play after graduating high school early and enrolling at UA this spring
  • Six newcomers join the Alabama roster for 2020, including five freshmen and graduate transfer Alexis Mack from Oregon
  • Head Coach Patrick Murphy, last year's SEC Coach of the Year, returns for his 22nd season at the helm of the Crimson Tide
  • Alabama's schedule includes 30 games against 14 opponents ranked in the preseason top 25, including three this weekend

ALL-TIME VS. THE OPPONENTS
Overall vs. Liberty: 2-0

  • In Tuscaloosa: 1-0 | In Lynchburg: 0-0 | At Neutral Sites: 1-0
  • Current Streak: Alabama +2
  • Last Meeting: Feb. 14, 2016 - Orlando, Fla. - W, 10-2
Overall vs. UCLA: 0-9

  • In Tuscaloosa: 0-0 | In Los Angeles: 0-3 | At Neutral Sites: 0-6
  • Current Streak: UCLA +9
  • Last Meeting: Feb. 20, 2009 - Palm Springs, Calif. - L, 1-4
Overall vs. South Florida: 2-2

  • In Tuscaloosa: 0-1 | In Tampa: 1-0 | At Neutral Sites: 1-1
  • Current Streak: Alabama +2
  • Last Meeting: Feb. 15, 2019 - Tuscon, Ariz. - W, 2-0
Overall vs. Washington: 5-10

  • In Tuscaloosa: 5-3 | In Seattle: 0-7 | At Neutral Sites: 0-0
  • Current Streak: Washington +6
  • Last Meeting: March 3, 2018 - Seattle, Wash. - L, 1-4
Overall vs. Oklahoma State: 4-0

  • In Tuscaloosa: 0-0 | In Stillwater: 0-0 | At Neutral Sites: 4-0
  • Current Streak: Alabama +4
  • Last Meeting: Feb. 12, 2012 - Auburn, Ala. - W, 3-1

LAST TIME OUT: ALABAMA GOES 1-3 AT JOANNE GRAF CLASSIC
  • Alabama opened its 2020 season with a 5-2 win over North Carolina before taking a pair of losses to ninth-ranked Florida State and suffering a walk-off loss to the Tar Heels in the weekend finale
  • Senior Elissa Brown led the team at the plate, hitting .444 (4-for-9) with four runs scored, three of which came in the final game against UNC
  • Junior Kaylee Tow led the team with five hits, including two doubles
  • Senior Taylor Clark had three hits over the weekend, including her first home run as a member of the Crimson Tide
  • Five new faces made their Alabama debuts over the weekend, including graduate transfer Alexis Mack and freshmen Mary Greg Anderson, Jenna Johnson, Alexis Kilfoyl and Savannah Woodard

Abby Doerr Cleared to Join Alabama Softball for 2020 Season
  • After signing her national letter of intent with Alabama softball in November and enrolling at the University of Alabama for the spring semester, freshman Abby Doerr has been cleared by the NCAA to join the Crimson Tide and is immediately eligible for the 2020 season
  • Playing three prep seasons at Marist High School in Eugene, Ore., Doerr was named the 2019 4A Player of the Year and the Sky-Em Conference Player of the Year while also earning first team all-state honors
  • In 2018, she was named the Oregon Sports Award Softball Player of the Year and Mid-Western League Player of the Year, also earning first team all-state and all mid-western league accolades
  • She is ranked 41st in her class on the Extra Inning Elite 100 list.

HEMPHILL CLOSING IN ON UA CAREER HOME RUN RECORD, 200 RBIS
  • Senior Bailey Hemphill's 48 career home runs ranks fourth all-time and sits 12 behind Kelly Kretschman's (1998-2001) career record of 60
  • Hemphill hit nine home runs her freshman season, improved to 13 as a sophomore and tied the UA single-season record last season with 26
  • Hemphill also owns 175 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

UP NEXT
Alabama makes its 2020 home debut with the Easton Bama Bash at Rhoads Stadium Feb. 21-23. The Tide welcomes in Wichita State, Penn State and Louisville.

  • Friday, Feb. 21 vs. Wichita State - 4 p.m. CT
  • Friday, Feb. 21 vs. Penn State - 6 p.m. CT
  • Saturday, Feb. 22 vs. Louisville - 1:30 p.m. CT
  • Saturday, Feb. 22 vs. Penn State - 4 p.m. CT
  • Sunday, Feb. 23 vs. Louisville - 1:30 p.m. CT
 

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Good to see Abby get the start catching today...getting Bailey back to 1B starts to solidify the new infield.


 

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CLEARWATER, Fla. – Alabama softball earned a pair of wins Thursday to open play at the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational, defeating Liberty 7-1 before posting an 8-0 shutout in five innings over top-ranked Washington.

Seven different players in the Alabama (3-3) starting lineup earned a hit in a balanced 7-1 win over Liberty (1-5) to start the day before the Crimson Tide posted a convincing 8-0 five-inning shutout over top-ranked Washington (6-1) in the nightcap. The win over the Huskies is Alabama's first run-rule shutout over the top-ranked team in the country and its first shutout of No. 1 since the 2017 NCAA Regional round vs. Minnesota.

Tide pitching was stingy in the circle on Thursday, with senior Krystal Goodman (1-0) allowing just one run in the win over the Flames before freshman Lexi Kilfoyl (2-2) held the top-ranked Huskies scoreless on just one hit and two walks with six strikeouts.

At the plate, sophomore Skylar Wallace paced the offense with a 4-for-7 day while juniors Kaylee Tow and KB Sides each had three hits, combining to score seven of the Tide's 15 runs. Freshman Abby Doerr made her Crimson Tide debut, blasting a home run against the Flames in her second career at-bat. Senior Bailey Hemphill sent one over the wall against the Huskies, pushing her career total to 49 which sits five shy of fourth-place Amanda Locke (2008-12).

FROM HEAD COACH PATRICK MURPHY
"What a great day for Crimson Tide softball on the biggest stage of the year thus far. Sometimes, a team needs a little more time to gel and come together. We still have a lot to work on. I'm really proud of both Krystal and Lexi for giving us great starts today. It starts in the circle, and they both shined."

HIGHLIGHTS
  • vs. Liberty
    • Four of Alabama's seven runs scored came with two outs
    • Seven of the Tide's nine starting hitters earned a hit, and five scored at least one run
    • Goodman's complete game is her first since game three of the LSU series on May 5, 2019
    • Doerr made her Crimson Tide debut, smashing a two-run home run in her second at-bat
  • vs. Washington
    • The win marks Alabama's first run-rule shutout over the No. 1 team in the country, and its first shutout over a top-ranked team since blanking Minnesota in the 2017 NCAA Regional round when the Gophers led the NFCA poll
    • Kilfoyl retired the first 11 batters she faced until a two-out walk in the fourth inning broke up her perfect game and a single in the next at-bat ended the no-hit bid
    • Eight of Alabama's starters reached base at least once, including multi-hit performances from Tow, Wallace and Sides
    • Hemphill, Sides and Kilfoyl each drove in two RBI

SCORING SUMMARY
  • vs. Liberty
    • T1st | Hemphill slugged a hard-hit single off the wall in center field, scoring senior Alexis Mack from second (Alabama 1, Liberty 0)
    • B2nd | A two-out double followed by an RBI single tied the game (Alabama 1, Liberty 1)
    • T4th | Doerr crushed a two-run home run down the right field line (Alabama 3, Liberty 1)
    • T5th | Mack laid down a bunt single, hustled all the way to third on a throwing error and then came home on an RBI sac fly from junior Kaylee Tow (Alabama 4, Liberty 1)
    • T5th | With runners at the corners and two out, senior Taylor Clark got caught in a rundown between first and second but sophomore Skylar Wallace hustled home from third before the tag to add a run (Alabama 5, Liberty 1)
    • T6th | Freshman Savannah Woodard knocked a two-out RBI single up the middle, scoring Sides from third (Alabama 6, Liberty 1)
    • T7th | Freshman Jenna Johnson drove in Tow from third on an RBI groundout (Alabama 7, Liberty 1)
  • vs. Washington
    • B1st | Wallace dropped an RBI single into left field to score Tow from second (Alabama 1, Washington 0)
    • B3rd | Hemphill slugged a two-run home run to left field (Alabama 3, Washington 0)
    • B3rd | With two outs and the bases loaded, Kilfoyl drew a walk to move everyone up 60 feet and tack on a run (Alabama 4, Washington 0)
    • B4th | Sides laced a two-run double into the left field gap, driving in Wallace and Tow (Alabama 6, Washington 0)
    • B5th | Kilfoyl helped her own cause with an RBI triple into the right field corner (Alabama 7, Washington 0)
    • B5th | Clark, pinch-running at third after Kilfoyl's triple, came home on a wild pitch to cap the run-rule victory (Alabama 8, Washington 0)
UP NEXT
Alabama continues play at the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational with a pair of games on Friday, facing USF (9:30 a.m. CT) and third-ranked UCLA (3 p.m. CT).










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Not good....Montana can't throw a strike...yanked in the 2nd after 2 straight walks.
 

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Great win! Maybe those loses will be helpful for them!
 

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CLEARWATER, Fla. – Alabama split its two games Friday at the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational, posting a 9-1 run rule victory over South Florida before falling to second-ranked UCLA, 7-0.

Alabama (4-3) and USF (0-6) played a tightly-contested three innings to start the day before a three-run home run from junior Kaylee Tow kickstarted the Crimson Tide offense in the fourth, eventually scoring five runs and then three more in the fifth to complete the run-rule victory. In the day's second game against No. 2 UCLA (6-0), the Bruins built an early four-run lead after two innings and sophomore Megan Faraimo limited Alabama to just two hits, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning in the 7-0 decision.

FROM HEAD COACH PATRICK MURPHY
"I was really pleased by the bounce-back of Sarah Cornell against USF. She kept us in the game until Tow gave us some breathing room with her home run. We gave UCLA too many free opportunities early on and they took advantage of them. Whoever wins the battle of free passes usually comes away with the win."

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Six of Alabama's seven walks drawn came with two out vs. USF
  • After hitting just one home run on opening weekend, the Tide has hit one in three of its four games at the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational, each coming from a different player
  • Senior Alexis Mack had a season-best three hits against the Bulls, giving her at least one hit in five of her eight games played at Alabama
  • Of her 68 pitches thrown against USF, senior Sarah Cornell threw 46 strikes with just 22 balls
  • Freshman Savannah Woodard broke up UCLA's no-hit bid with a sixth-inning single, giving her at least one hit in six of her eight games this season including a streak of three straight


SCORING SUMMARY
  • vs. USF
    • B1st | Back-to-back walks with two out set up junior KB Sides for an RBI single that dropped into shallow center (Alabama 1, USF 0)
    • T2nd | Dezarae Maldonado hit a solo home run to tie the game (Alabama 1, USF 1)
    • B4th | With two on and one out, Tow blasted a home run over the right field fence to put Alabama back on top (Alabama 4, USF 1)
    • B4th | The USF outfielder overran a two-out single to shallow center from Sides, allowing sophomore Skylar Wallace to score all the way from first (Alabama 5, USF 1)
    • B4th | Junior Maddie Morgan followed Sides' RBI single with a double to drive in her fellow junior from first base (Alabama 6, USF 1)
    • B5th | After the first two batters reached base, Mack laid down a bunt and forced an errant throw past first base, as both runs scored and Mack stood up at third (Alabama 8, USF 1)
    • B5th | With two out and a runner at third, Wallace sent a single up the middle to cap the run-rule victory (Alabama 9, USF 1)
  • vs. UCLA
    • B1st | With two runners in scoring position and one out, a line drive bounced off the third base bag and allowed a run to come in for the Bruins (Alabama 0, UCLA 1)
    • B1st | A passed ball on ball four put the batter at first and allowed the runner at third to come home (Alabama 0, UCLA 2)
    • B2nd | With the bases loaded, a force out at second on a ground ball went for out number one but the batter was safe at first on the RBI fielder's choice (Alabama 0, UCLA 3)
    • B2nd | An RBI groundout tacked on another run for the Bruins (Alabama 0, UCLA 4)
    • B4th | Briana Perez led off the inning with a solo home run (Alabama 0, UCLA 5)
    • B5th | For the second-straight inning, the Bruins led off the inning with a solo home run, this one coming from Jenavee Peres (Alabama 0, UCLA 6)
    • B5th | A passed ball allowed a runner to come home from third (Alabama 0, UCLA 7)
UP NEXT
Alabama wraps up its weekend in Clearwater with a game against No. 16 Oklahoma State on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 9:30 a.m. CT



 

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