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THIS WEEK: RAINBOW WAHINE CLASSIC
Honolulu, Hawai'i – Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium

  • Wednesday, March 13 vs. SIUE – 6 p.m. CT
  • Thursday, March 14 vs. Niagara – 6 p.m. CT
  • Thursday, March 14 vs. SIUE – 8:30 p.m. CT
  • Friday, March 15 vs. Niagara – 8:30 p.m. CT
  • Friday, March 15 at Hawaii – 11 p.m. CT
  • Saturday, March 16 at Hawaii – 7 p.m. CT
SCOUTING ALABAMA

  • Alabama is undefeated at 25-0 to start the 2019 season and is the last remaining undefeated team in college softball
  • The 25-0 start is the third-best in program history, previously going 26-0 in 2012 and 27-0 in 2001
  • Last weekend, the Crimson Tide swept its SEC opening series at home against Missouri, including the largest comeback in program history in the series-clinching game Friday
  • The game one win over Missouri marked Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy's 400th SEC win, making him the first league coach to reach the milestone
  • Alabama moved up to No. 4 in both of this week's national polls
  • Freshman pitcher Montana Fouts was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for the third time this season, joining Kayla Braud (2013) and Charlotte Morgan (2007) as the only three-time winners in program history
  • Seven of the Tide's nine regular starters are hitting above .300, led by sophomore Kaylee Tow at .393. Junior Bailey Hemphill is hitting .342 with a team-leading 11 home runs and 34 RBIs
  • Alabama is second in the SEC and seventh nationally with 55 stolen bases. Individually, junior Elissa Brown and sophomore KB Sides rank second and fourth in the SEC with 19 and 12, respectively
  • Fouts is third in the SEC with a 0.74 ERA and fourth with 83 strikeouts. She is one of four pitchers to rank in the top 10 in both strikeouts and innings pitched (5th - 66.0)
  • Junior Sarah Cornell ranks 7th in the SEC with a 1.13 ERA, making Alabama and Mississippi State the only schools with two players ranked in the top 10
LAST TIME OUT: ALBAMA SWEEPS MISSOURI TO OPEN SEC PLAY

  • Alabama 3, Missouri 1: Three runs proved enough for Alabama in a low-scoring contest against Missouri, as the Tide won its SEC opener, 3-1. Alabama scored in the first and second innings courtesy of an RBI single from freshman Skylar Wallace and a solo home run from junior Claire Jenkins to take the early 2-0 lead. A solo home run in the top of the fourth cut the lead in half but an insurance run on a sac fly RBI in the sixth scratched the final tally across. Sophomore KB Sides went 2-for-3 with a run scored while Jenkins drove in two of the team's three RBIs. Freshman Montana Fouts went the distance in the circle, allowing one run on two hits with seven strikeouts.
  • Alabama 14, Missouri 8: Alabama faced an early 7-0 deficit in the second inning, but chipped away to draw within five, down 8-3 through three innings. After holding Missouri scoreless in the top of the fourth, the Tide offense exploded to the tune of five runs in the fourth and three in both the fifth and sixth innings, rallying to win, 14-8. Sophomore Kaylee Tow went 3-for-4 with three RBIs from the leadoff spot, including a game-tying two run home run in the fourth. Junior Sarah Cornell earned the win in relief, throwing 6.1 strong innings and shutting out the Tigers after the third inning.
  • Alabama 11, Missouri 5: Alabama fell behind in the top of the first after Missouri scored two runs but immediately responded in the bottom half and never trailed from that point on. The Crimson Tide hit five home runs, including three in the first inning from sophomore Kaylee Tow, junior Bailey Hemphill and sophomore Maddie Morgan. Senior Reagan Dykes blasted a second-inning grand slam and junior Claire Jenkins smacked her third long ball of the weekend with a fourth-inning solo shot
MURPHY HITS SEC WIN MILESTONE
Alabama's win in game one of the series against Missouri marked the 400th SEC win of head coach Patrick Murphy's career. He is the only head coach in league history to reach 400 conference wins, with no current or former coach having reached 300.

CAREER SEC WINS

  1. Patrick Murphy (Alabama 1999-pres.) - 402
  2. Lu Harris Champer (Georgia 2000-pres.) - 294
  3. Ralph and Karen Weekly (Tennessee 2002-pres.) - 287
  4. Tim Walton (Florida 2006-pres.) - 261
  5. Yvette Girouard (LSU 2001-11) - 220
BEST STARTS IN PROGRAM HISTORY
At 25-0, Alabama is off to one of its best starts in program history, just two away from the program record

Best Starts in Alabama Softball History

  1. 27-0 (2001)
  2. 26-0 (2012)
  3. 25-0 (2019)
  4. 25-0 (2007)
  5. 22-0 (2013)
ALABAMA MOVES UP TO NO. 4 IN NATIONAL RANKINGS

  • A 3-0 start to Southeastern Conference play pushed Alabama softball's record to 25-0, boosting the Crimson Tide to No. 4 in this week's USA Today/NFCA poll and ESPN.com/USA Softball poll
  • The No. 4 ranking is Alabama's highest in the NFCA poll since week 13 of the 2016 season and in the USA Softball poll since week one of the 2017 season
  • Alabama is the highest-ranked SEC team in the polls, joined in the top 10 by Tennessee (6/5), Florida (7/7), Georgia (8/9) and LSU (9/8)
MONTANA FOUTS NAMED SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

  • Montana Fouts earned her third SEC Freshman of the Year award this week after earning two wins in the circle and a save in three appearances
  • With this week's SEC Freshman of the Week award, Fouts joins Kayla Braud (2013) and Charlotte Morgan (2007) as the only three-time winners in program history
  • Alabama has now earned 22 Freshman of the Week accolades since the award's introduction in 2007
  • Fouts threw 2.0 shutout innings on Tuesday against South Alabama for her first career save, striking out four while allowing just one hit
  • On Friday, she went the distance in her SEC debut against Missouri, striking out seven while holding the Tigers to one run on two hits
  • Fouts claimed her second win of the weekend in Sunday's series finale, throwing 4.0 innings with two earned runs on three hits
TIDE MAKES HISTORIC COMEBACK IN GAME TWO WIN
Facing a seven-run deficit in game two, Alabama's comeback victory over Missouri is the biggest in program history

Biggest Comebacks in Alabama Softball History

  1. March 8, 2019 vs. Missouri - Trailed by 7, won 14-8
  2. May 7, 2016 vs. Georgia - Trailed by 6, won 9-7
  3. March 9, 2010 vs. Liberty - Trailed by 6, won 10-7
  4. Feb. 19, 2011 vs. Louisville - Trailed by 5, won 9-8
  5. April 3, 2007 vs. Northwest Louisiana - Trailed by 5, won 13-7
REAGAN DYKES THREE AWAY FROM CAUGHT STEALING RECORD

  • With five runners caught stealing this season, senior Reagan Dykes is second all-time at UA with 41 career runners caught stealing
  • She is three shy of Kendall Dawson's (2009-12) record total of 44
  • Dykes' 16 runners caught stealing last year was one off the single-season school record of 17 set by Dawson in 2011
  • Dykes, Dawson and Lacy Prejean (2000-03) are the only three catchers in school history with at least 16 runners caught stealing in a season
UP NEXT
Alabama returns to SEC play with a three-game road series at Texas A&M starting Friday, March 22 at 6 p.m. CT
 

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"It's a business trip," Coach Murphy has stated. Helluva trip! I'm glad he acknowledged that after their six games they'll have time to go enjoy.
 

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HONOLULU, Hawaii – Alabama opened play at the Rainbow Wahine Classic with a hard-fought win over SIUE Wednesday, rallying from a two-run deficit in the fourth inning to win, 6-4.

Alabama (26-0) took the first lead of the game in the top of the second before SIUE (7-8) rallied back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Crimson Tide answered right back with three in the top of the fifth to pull back ahead before adding a pair in the sixth to bring the score to its eventually final tally of 6-4.

The win ties this season's start for the second-best in program history, previously going 26-0 to start the 2012 season. One more win would tie the program record of 27-0 set in 2001. Wednesday's win was just the second time this season the Tide trailed after four innings.

Three of the six RBIs came from junior Claire Jenkins, hitting a solo home run and a two-run double. Jenkins has now hit a home run in four straight games. Batting second, sophomore KB Sides went 2-for-4 with a run scored while junior Merris Schroder went 2-for-3 in the eight hole, hitting her fifth home run of the season. In the circle, Sarah Cornell (10-0) earned the win in relief, throwing 1.1 innings as the pitcher of record when Alabama pulled back ahead while Montana Fouts backed her up with 3.0 shutout innings for her second save of the season.

SIUE threatened early in the bottom of the first, loading the bases with one out but Alabama got out of the jam with a popup in foul territory and a strikeout. In the top of the second, Jenkins cleared the fence in left field with a solo home run to give Alabama the first lead of the game.

The Cougars loaded the bases again in the bottom of the third with two out and Alabama turned to its bullpen as Cornell entered in the jam. The junior righty caught the last batter swinging at strike three to keep it a 1-0 game in the Tide's favor.

SIUE loaded the bases for a third time in the bottom of the fourth but managed to capitalize on the opportunity this time with a two-out single down the left field line to drive in a pair and take a 2-1 lead. Another RBI single increased it to 3-1 and a walk loaded the bases yet again before a groundout ended the inning.

A walk and base hit from sophomores Kaylee Tow and Sides put two on with one out in the top of the fifth and junior Bailey Hemphill dropped one in the gap in right center to drive a run in, cutting the deficit to 3-2. Jenkins followed with a hard-hit ball that banged off the wall in center, driving in a pair to give Alabama back the lead, 4-3.

The leadoff batter for the Cougars was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fifth and then stole second before the Tide made another pitching change with Fouts stepping into the circle. A pair of groundouts and a strikeout stranded the runner at second and the Tide maintained its one-run lead heading to the sixth.

Freshman Skylar Wallace showed off her speed in the top of the sixth with a leadoff triple down the right-field line before Schroder crushed a home run to center field, giving the Tide a three-run advantage. Alabama couldn't add to its lead in the top of the seventh and a hit-by-pitch and walk put the first two SIUE runners on in the bottom half, bringing the potential tying run to the plate. After a force out at third, an infield single loaded the bases with one out. A force out at second went for out number two but a run did score on the fielder's choice to make it 6-4. Fouts ended the game with a strikeout, capping the comeback victory.

Alabama continues play in Hawaii with a pair of games Thursday, facing Niagara at 6 p.m. CT and SIUE at 8:30 p.m. CT.

For the latest information on the team, follow @AlabamaSB on Twitter, BamaSB on Instagram and Alabama Softball on Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.
 

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Good chance we're looking at the softball team breaking the record for their best start in program history today. This years 26-0 start ties the record of the 2012 team, a win today over Niagra in game one will tie the 2001 record at 27-0, and a win tonight against SIUE would establish a new program record at 28-0.

(...and I still don't think they have enough pitching to make it all the way through.)


 

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HONOLULU, Hawaii – Alabama softball secured a program-record 28-0 start with a pair of wins Thursday at the Rainbow Wahine Classic, defeating Niagara, 9-3, and SIUE, 8-3.

Alabama's (28-0) start is a program record, beating the previous best of 27-0 set in 2001. The Crimson Tide tied the record with a 9-3 win over Niagara (0-10) in the day's opener before downing SIUE (8-9) in the nightcap, 8-3.

GAME ONE: ALABAMA 9, NIAGARA 3
A big second inning gave Alabama plenty of cushion in its eventual six-run victory over Niagara. The Tide put up a seven-spot in the bottom of the second, highlighted by a grand slam from junior Bailey Hemphill, part of a 2-for-3 day at the plate. Sophomore Kaylee Tow also had a pair of hits at the leadoff position, including a fifth-inning solo home run. Sophomore Madison Preston threw 3.1 innings in the start but junior Krystal Goodman (5-0) ultimately picked up the win with 3.2 shutout relief innings behind her.

Leading off the bottom of the second, freshman Skylar Wallace reached on a bunt single before a wild throw went all the way to the right field corner, giving her enough time to head home on the throwing error. A pair of walks put two on base before Niagara made the early turn to its bullpen. Two batters later, another walk loaded the bases with one out and a fielding error on the next play moved everyone up 60 feet to make it 2-0. Hemphill promptly unloaded the bases with her 12th home run of the year, a grand slam to give Alabama 6-0 cushion.

A dropped fly ball allowed senior Merris Schroder to hustle all the way to third on the third error of the inning. Junior Claire Jenkins drew a walk to put runners at the corners, bringing Wallace up to the plate for the second time in the inning. A successful double steal increased the lead to 7-0 before a fly ball and groundout ended the big inning.

With two on and two out in the top of the third, Niagara broke into the run column with a two-run double. A wild pitch moved the runner to third and a base hit up the middle brought her home before a popup ended the inning with Alabama's lead now trimmed to 7-3. Alabama got another run back in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI groundout to lead 8-3.

With a runner on and one out in the top of the fourth, Goodman entered to pitch in relief for the Tide. A single put two on base and a wild pitch moved both into scoring position before Goodman rebounded with back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning and keep it a five-run game.

With the score the same in the bottom of the fifth, Tow sent the ball over the fence in center field for a solo home run to increase the lead to 9-3, which ultimately proved final.

GAME TWO: ALABAMA 8, SIUE 3
An early 2-0 lead for Alabama was erased when SIUE tied it up in the bottom of the fourth. The Tide responded immediately in the top of the fifth, taking a two-run lead before the Cougars cut it to one with a solo home run in the sixth. Alabama added some key insurance in the top of the seventh, scoring four to bring the tally to its eventual final of 8-3. Batting back-to-back in the middle of the order, Schroder and senior Reagan Dykes each earned a pair of hits and drove in two RBIs, including a two-run home run from Dykes in the seventh. Senior Courtney Gettins (3-0) threw 5.0 innings to earn the win while freshman Montana Fouts tossed 2.0 shutout relief innings for her third save of the season.

Alabama took the first lead of the game in the top of the second, when a hard-hit single down the first base line from Schroder scored Jenkins from second. Later with a runner on first and two out, Wallace dropped a single into shallow right before an error on the play allowed her to move all the way to third while a run scored ahead of her to make it 2-0.

A walk and a ground-rule double in the bottom of the fourth quickly gave SIUE two in scoring position with nobody out. An RBI groundout plated one run and, two batters later, a fielding error extended the inning and allowed the game-tying run to cross before a strikeout sent the teams to the fifth now tied at 2-2.

Junior Elissa Brown started the top of the fifth with an infield single, advanced to second on a groundout and came around to score on an RBI double from sophomore KB Sides, putting Alabama back ahead, 3-2. After a walk to Jenkins, Schroder pulled a ball into shallow right to score Sides and make it 4-2 before a fly ball ended the inning.

SIUE cut Alabama's lead to one in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run to lead off the inning, which ended Gettins' outing in the circle. Fouts entered in the save situation and kept the Tide in front heading to the seventh inning.

Tow drew a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh and a force out attempt at second in the next at-bat sailed into left field, allowing Tow to score all the way from first and Sides to settle at third, now leading 5-3. Hemphill then lifted a ball into left field, allowing Sides to tag up and score on the sacrifice fly to increase the lead to 6-3. Three batters later with a runner on base and two out, Dykes blasted a two-run home run over the left field fence, pushing ahead 8-3 which ultimately proved final.

Alabama continues play in Hawaii with a pair of games Friday, facing Niagara at 8:30 p.m. CT and Hawaii at 11 p.m. CT.

For the latest information on the team, follow @AlabamaSB on Twitter, BamaSB on Instagram and Alabama Softball on Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.
 

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HONOLULU, Hawaii – Alabama softball was potent at the plate in a pair of run-rule victories Friday at the Rainbow Wahine Classic, defeating Niagara, 12-2, and Hawaii, 9-0.

Alabama (30-0) made quick work of Niagara (1-11) in Friday's opener, scoring five runs in both the second and fifth innings to help earn the 12-2 victory in five innings. The bats stayed hot in the day's second game against tournament host Hawaii (18-8) as the Crimson Tide took care of business in five innings again, slugging four home runs en route to a 9-0 victory.

The Alabama offense hit a combined seven home runs between the two games, with 15 of the 21 runs scored coming via the long ball. The two run-rule victories gives the Tide eight this season and the shutout over the Rainbow Wahine was the ninth of the year.

GAME ONE: ALABAMA 12, NIAGARA 2 (5 INNINGS)
Niagara scored first with a run in the bottom of the first inning but the lead was short-lived, as Alabama scored five in the top of the fifth and never looked back, eventually winning 12-2 in five innings. All nine hitters in the Tide's starting lineup earned a hit, including two-run performances at the bottom of the order from sophomore Maddie Morgan and freshman Skylar Wallace. Sophomore Kaylee Tow drove in a career-high five RBIs, four of which came on a second-inning grand slam. In the circle, Courtney Gettins (4-0) threw 4.0 innings to earn the win with sophomore Madison Preston retiring the Purple Eagles in order in the bottom of the fifth to cap the run-rule win.

Niagara started its half of the first inning with a triple and a long fly ball in the next at-bat brought her home on the sac fly to put the Purple Eagles ahead 1-0. With two out in the top of the second, a bunt single from Morgan and back-to-back walks Wallace and junior Elissa Brown loaded the bases and set up Tow for a grand slam to put Alabama in front, 4-1. After a walk to sophomore KB Sides and a stolen base, junior Bailey Hemphill drove her in with an RBI single up the middle before a groundout ended the inning with the score now 5-1.

Senior Merris Schroder led off the top of the third with a double to left and fellow senior Caroline Hardy brought them both home with a home run to straightaway center. With the Tide now leading 7-1, the Purple Eagles made the move to its bullpen and held it at a six-run game stranding a runner at third. A single, wild pitch and second single put runners at the corners with one out for Niagara in the bottom half of the inning. On a groundout, the throw to second was in time for out number two but the batter beat out the throw to first, allowing a run to cross on the fielder's choice and cut Alabama's lead to 7-2.

With the score the same in the top of the fifth, three-straight singles from the bottom of the order loaded the bases to start the inning. Tow drew a walk to move everyone up 60 feet and make it 8-2 and an RBI groundout from Sides pushed it to 9-2. With two on and one out, senior Reagan Dykes slugged a three-run home run to left field to give Alabama a double-digit lead, 12-2, which ultimately proved final.

GAME TWO: ALABAMA 9, HAWAII 0 (5 INNINGS)
The bats stayed hot in game two against Hawaii, with a solo home run in the second and three more long balls in the third giving the Tide an early six-run lead. Alabama scored three more in the fifth to bring it to its final tally of 9-0. Four players had multi-hit performances and home runs came courtesy of Morgan, Tow, Hemphill and Schroder. Freshman Montana Fouts (11-0) threw 5.0 shutout innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out seven.

Alabama took the first lead of the game on a second-inning solo home run from Morgan. Brown led off the top of the third with a first-pitch single, immediately stole second in the next at-bat and scurried to third on an errant throw on the steal attempt. Tow made Brown's trip home a little easier, blasting a no-doubt home run to left field to increase the lead to 3-0. A solo home run from Hemphill two batters later made it 4-0 and ended the Hawaii starter's outing in the circle. After a single from Dykes, Schroder hit the Tide's third home run of the inning, a two-run shot that made it a 6-0 game.

Hawaii threatened in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with two out but Fouts got out of the jam with her seventh strikeout of the game. In the top of the fifth with two in scoring position and nobody out, junior Claire Jenkinsdropped a two-run single into left to give the Tide an eight-run lead. After a pitching change, another single and a walk loaded the bases and, two batters later, Tow drew a walk to increase the lead to 9-0. Hawaii got its leadoff batter on in the bottom of the fifth, but a double play and a fly ball ended the game.

Alabama wraps up its week at the Rainbow Wahine Classic with a second game against Hawaii on Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m. CT.
 

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BAMA ladies moved to 31-0 with another win over Hawaii, Final was 6-2.
 
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HONOLULU, Hawaii – Alabama softball closed out its week at the Rainbow Wahine Classic with a 6-2 win over Hawaii.

Alabama (31-0) remains undefeated on the season, defeating tournament-host Hawaii (19-9) for the second time this week. The Crimson Tide scored five unanswered runs to start the game before the Rainbow Wahine erased the shutout with a two-run home run in the sixth. An RBI single in the top of the seventh pushed across the final run in the 6-2 victory. Six different players earned a hit in the win for Alabama, including a 2-for-4 day from senior Reagan Dykes. In the circle, junior Sarah Cornell (11-0) went the distance with a season-high seven strikeouts.

After a hitless first inning, senior Merris Schroder and junior Claire Jenkins hit back-to-back singles with one out and sophomore Maddie Morgan followed with a third, driving in a run to make it 1-0. Later with two in scoring position and two out, an errant throw allowed the inning to continue and a run to cross to make it 2-0. The Tide would load the bases but a fly ball in foul territory ended the top half of the inning.

With two on and one out in the top of the fourth, a booted ball bounced into the outfield as Morgan scored from second on the error to push the lead to 3-0. After a groundout, a single back up the middle from junior Bailey Hemphillplated two more to make it a 5-0 game.

After tallying just one hit in the first five innings, Hawaii hit its second with one out in the bottom of the sixth and its third hit of the day two batters later put them in the run column, as the two-run home run trimmed the Tide's lead to 5-2. An RBI single from Dykes gave Alabama an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Hawaii put two on base in the bottom of the seventh but did not score, as Alabama held on to win, 6-2.

Next weekend, the Tide resumes SEC play with a three-game road series at Texas A&M (16-10, 1-4 SEC) beginning Friday, March 22 at 6 p.m. CT.
 

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Wow, keep it rolling ladies. Impressive so far. Can't wait to see what happens in a loaded SEC this year.
 

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I believe the ladies have A&M this weekend. They gor swept by the Barn this past weekend.
 

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I believe the ladies have A&M this weekend.
They do. SECN+ will be streaming the games this weekend.

In case you missed it, the first RPI came out today for softball. Bama is at #11 this week.

1 FSU
2 UCLA
3 WASH
4 OU
5 TX
6 LSU
7 UK
8 AZ
9 UF
10 UT
11 BAMA
12 MINN

15 OLE MISS
17 AU

A&M comes in at #53 (5-1 home record for reference.)

 

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