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THIS WEEKEND: NO. 3 ALABAMA (31-0, 3-0 SEC) AT TEXAS A&M (17-11, 1-5 SEC)
College Station, Texas – Davis Diamond

  • Friday, March 22 – 6 p.m. CT
  • Saturday, March 23 – 2 p.m. CT
  • Sunday, March 24 – 1 p.m. CT
SCOUTING ALABAMA

  • Alabama is undefeated at 31-0 to start the 2019 season and is the last remaining undefeated team in college softball
  • The 31-0 start is the best in program history, beating the previous record of 27-0 from 2001, and is the seventh time in NCAA Division-I history a team has won its first 31 games
  • Last weekend, the Crimson Tide swept its six games at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Alabama moved up to No. 3 in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and remained at No. 4 in the USA Today/NFCA poll for the second straight week
  • Eight of the Tide's regular starters are hitting above .300, led by sophomore Kaylee Tow at .373. Junior Bailey Hemphill is batting .348 with 13 home runs and an NCAA-best 44 RBIs
ALL-TIME VS. TEXAS A&M

  • Overall: Alabama leads 14-3
  • In College Station: 7-2 | In Tuscaloosa: 5-1 | At Neutral Sites: 2-0
  • Current Streak: Alabama +4
  • Last Meeting: May 6, 2018 - Tuscaloosa, Ala. - W, 5-4 (8 Inn.)
  • Last Meeting in College Station: April 16, 2016 - L, 1-14 (5 Inn.)
LAST TIME OUT: ALABAMA GOES 6-0 IN HAWAII

  • Alabama swept its six games last week at the Rainbow Wahine Classic, defeating SIUE, Niagara and Hawaii twice
  • The Tide outscored its opponents 50-14, hitting 12 home runs
  • The run-rule victories over Niagara, 12-2, and Hawaii, 9-0, give Alabama eight run-rule victories this season
  • Friday's shutout over tournament host Hawaii marks the ninth shutout of the season for the Tide
BEST STARTS IN NCAA HISTORY
Alabama's 31-0 start to the season is the best in program history and stands as one of the best in Division-I softball history

Best Starts in NCAA Division-I Softball History

  1. Oregon (2017) - 35-0 WCWS
  2. UCLA (1999) - 35-0 National Champion
  3. UCLA (1992) - 33-0 National Champion
  4. Cal (2001) - 32-0 WCWS
  5. Alabama (2019) - 31-0
  6. Arizona (2001) - 31-0 National Champion
  7. Arizona (1994) - 31-0 National Champion
ALABAMA IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS

  • The Tide leads the SEC and ranks sixth nationally with 70 stolen bases, averaging 2.26 per game
  • Alabama paces the conference and is eighth nationally in home runs per game, slugging 46 over 31 games for an average of 1.48 per game
  • Junior Bailey Hemphill is the national leader with 44 RBIs and is tied for fourth with 13 home runs
  • Sophomore Kaylee Tow leads the NCAA with 32 walks, averaging 1.03 per game and is 14th with 32 RBIs and 16th with 10 doubles
  • Freshman Montana Fouts is atop the SEC and ranks eighth nationally with a 0.74 ERA, throwing more innings than four of the seven ranked above her, and her 8.73 strikeout-to-walk ratio is sixth in the country
GRAND SLAMS

  • After not hitting any grand slams this season, Alabama has hit three over its last seven games
  • The three over that span already surpasses the entire season totals from 2018 and 2017. Alabama hit four grand slams in 2016
  • The UA single-season record for grand slams is seven, set in 2015. The Tide hit six in 2008, 2010 and 2011
2019 Alabama Grand Slams

ALABAMA RANKED NO. 3 IN ESPN.COM/USA SOFTBALL POLL

  • After an undefeated week in Hawaii, Alabama softball returns to conference play this weekend ranked No. 3 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and No. 4 in the USA Today/NFCA poll
  • The No. 3 ranking is the Tide's highest in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll since week three of the 2016 season
  • Alabama is the highest-ranked SEC team in the polls, joined in the top 10 by Tennessee (5/5), Florida (6/7) and LSU (8/6)
 

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A sweep at AnM .....put Bama one from record of best starts in ncaa...
 

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Alabama softball's hot hitting over the last week carried into game one of the weekend series against Texas A&M Friday night, with the Crimson Tide needing just 6.0 innings to dispatch the Aggies, 13-3.

Alabama (32-0, 4-0 SEC) scored in five of the six innings it came to bat against Texas A&M (17-12, 1-6 SEC), including home runs from senior Merris Schroder, freshman Skylar Wallace and juniors Bailey Hemphill and Claire Jenkins. Hemphill's home run pushes her season total to a team-leading 14 while Jenkins now has a home run in all four SEC games. Alabama has hit four or more home runs in three of its last eight games.

Every hitter in the Tide's starting lineup got a hit and scored a run, with two-hit performances from sophomore KB Sides and Maddie Morgan. Sophomore Kaylee Towearned a hit and drew two walks, extending her reached-base streak to 13 games. In the circle, freshman Montana Fouts (12-0) held the Aggies hitless through 3.1 innings, earning the win with 10 strikeouts over 5.0 innings pitched.

Tow and Sides led off the top of the first with a walk and infield single, setting up junior Bailey Hemphill for a towering three-run home run to give Alabama the early 3-0 lead. In the top of the second, Wallace and junior Elissa Brown were in scoring position with one out as it turned back to the top of the order. Tow poked a single over the second baseman's head, scoring both to stretch the lead to 5-0.

In the top of the third inning, Jenkins pulled a high fly ball down the left field line, clearing the fence just to the right of the foul pole for a solo home run to make it a 6-0 game. With two on and one out, Texas A&M made a pitching change and the Tide eventually loaded the bases with two out but a force out got the Aggies out of the jam though Alabama now led by six.

With a runner on base and one out in the bottom of the fourth, Texas A&M sophomore Dani Elder broke up Fouts' no-hit bid with a single through the left side. A walk would load the bases before an RBI groundout scratched a run across, erasing the shutout. A strikeout stranded a pair in scoring position, limiting the damage to one run as Alabama took a 6-1 lead to the fifth.

The Tide wasted no time responding in the top of the fifth, with Schroder blasting a solo home run to right field on the first pitch to make it 7-1. Later in the inning with one out, Morgan dropped a ball into shallow center that got past the diving outfielder, allowing her to hustle all the way to third on a triple. She came home on a sacrifice fly from Wallace to increase the lead to 8-1.

The Aggies led off the home half of the fifth with a single and a double, scoring a run to cut the Tide's lead to 8-2. Fouts bounced back with three-straight swinging strikeouts to end the inning. In the top of the sixth, a pair of walks and a single loaded the bases for Alabama with one out and Morgan dropped a single into shallow right, driving in two as the Tide took an eight run lead. Wallace added some insurance in the next at-bat with a three-run home run to make it 13-2.

Texas A&M didn't go out quietly in the bottom of the sixth, staring off the half-inning with a solo home run. The Aggies would put two more on base but could not rally, ultimately losing 13-3 in six innings.

The series continues Saturday, March 23 with first pitch set for 2 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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It's way too early to make anything out of these standings. It is interesting to see how the coaches picked the 2019 season and how the season has shaped up so far.

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Certainly a great start for the ladies but as you have pointed out @TerryP , a pretty big drop off from our #1 starter to the rest of the staff. Fouts is also just a freshman so you would think she might run into the perverbial wall at some point in the season. Finishing anywhere in top 6 of the conference would be a great season and also secure a regional/super regional host.
 

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Finishing anywhere in top 6 of the conference would be a great season and also secure a regional/super regional host.
I don't think that'll be an issue this season. It's my feeling the coaches around the conference simply underestimated what Fouts would do this season.

On a good note, they do avoid playing Tennessee in the regular season.
On a bad note, they catch two top ten programs (LSU and Florida) on the road.
On a good note, they catch two top 15 programs (UGA and Kentucky) at home.
 

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I don't think that'll be an issue this season. It's my feeling the coaches around the conference simply underestimated what Fouts would do this season.

On a good note, they do avoid playing Tennessee in the regular season.
On a bad note, they catch two top ten programs (LSU and Florida) on the road.
On a good note, they catch two top 15 programs (UGA and Kentucky) at home.
Don't know how much home field is in softball
Playing field aboit same.
Girls got a shot at big time history
 

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Don't know how much home field is in softball
Playing field aboit same.
Last season Florida lost two games at home: one to LSU and that was their only conference loss at home.

The playing field is always the same, the environment in each one is a lot different. I'd say there are three, maybe four, stadiums that carry as big of a home field advantage as Bama enjoys: LSU, UF, UGA, and UT.
 

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Crowd. Sleeping in own bed. Etc. some factors. Mostly hitting , D , and pitching though.
Baseball a little different due to different parks configuration.
 

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The difference in Area around foul lines, at the different stadiums is huge in softball (some parks have small boundaries between foul line and dugout, walls/fences). That completely changes the way the girls in the outfield play the foul lines. Plus crowd noise at an SEC softball game is surprising (significantly more roudy than a baseball game). if you haven’t been to one, GO!!!
One of the best in person sporting events you can attend...
 

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The difference at Florida is the home plate umpire. Middle of the plate is a strike for the visiting pitcher. If the UF catcher catches the damn ball it is a strike.
 

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The difference in Area around foul lines, at the different stadiums is huge in softball (some parks have small boundaries between foul line and dugout, walls/fences). That completely changes the way the girls in the outfield play the foul lines. Plus crowd noise at an SEC softball game is surprising (significantly more roudy than a baseball game). if you haven’t been to one, GO!!!
One of the best in person sporting events you can attend...
Been to a bunch at Bama. None away.
Thers always some difference
More fun n exciting then college baseball ( and cant get beer. What the hell. Watching a baseball game without a beer)
 

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So what the run rule now? Because it was called at 13-3 and it 10-0 now?
 

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