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THIS WEEKEND: #5/7 ALABAMA (39-4, 8-4 SEC) VS. #13/19 GEORGIA (30-11, 5-7 SEC)
Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Rhoads Stadium

  • Saturday, April 13 – 11 a.m. CT (ESPN2)
  • Sunday, April 14 – 6 p.m. CT (SEC Network)
  • Monday, April 15 – 6 p.m. CT (SEC Network)
SCOUTING ALABAMA

  • Alabama is 39-4 entering this weekend's games, owning an 8-4 record in conference play. The Crimson Tide is currently tied for second in the SEC standings
  • Last time out, Alabama defeated Georgia State, 5-1, Wednesday night in the Tide's final home midweek contest of the season
  • Wednesday's win opened a four-game home stand for the Tide, with only three home games after that on the regular-season schedule. Alabama is 19-1 at home this season
  • Alabama is No. 5 in USA Today/NFCA top-25 and No. 7 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings
  • Seven of the Tide's regular starters are hitting .300 or better, led by sophomore Kaylee Tow at .364. Junior Bailey Hemphill is batting .353 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs, while junior Elissa Brown is second on the team with a .354 batting average and team-leading 31 stolen bases
  • Freshman Montana Fouts sports a 12-1 record and 1.05 ERA, striking out 111 over 87.0 innings pitched. Junior Sarah Cornell is 15-1 with a 2.00 ERA over 80.1 innings while junior Krystal Goodman has a 1.27 ERA and a 7-0 record
ALL-TIME VS. GEORGIA

  • Overall: Alabama leads 42-20
  • In Tuscaloosa: 22-7 | In Athens: 17-11 | At Neutral Sites: 3-2
  • Current Streak: Alabama +1
  • Last Meeting: April 29, 2018 - Athens, Ga. - W, 7-4
  • Last Meeting in Tusclaoosa: May 8, 2016 - L, 5-9
LAST TIME OUT: ALABAMA CLAIMS 5-1 MIDWEEK VICTORY OVER GEORGIA STATE

  • Alabama began a four-game homestand at Rhoads Stadium Wednesday, earning a 5-1 win over Georgia State
  • Alabama scored three runs in the first inning on a pair of singles and added another in the second before Georgia State scored its first run on a fielding error in the top of the fourth. Another run in the bottom of the fifth went as the final tally of the night
  • Elissa Brown set the table at the top of the order, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and driving in a run on a sacrifice squeeze bunt in the fifth
  • Junior Claire Jenkins also had a multi-hit game, including an RBI single in the first, while freshman Skylar Wallaceknocked in a pair of runs on another first-inning single
  • Junior Krystal Goodman was sharp in the circle, allowing just one unearned run on two hits, striking out four in the complete-game effort to push her record to 7-0
ALABAMA AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS

  • The Tide leads the SEC and ranks sixth nationally with 94 stolen bases, averaging 2.19 per game
  • Alabama paces the conference and is tied for fifth in the country with 65 home runs over 43 games, averaging 1.51 per contest
  • The Tide is one of five teams in the country with at least 300 runs scored, averaging 7.09 runs-per-game
  • Junior Bailey Hemphill is second nationally with 60 RBIs and is fourth with 19 home runs
  • Sophomore Kaylee Tow leads the NCAA with 49 walks, helping build a .560 on base percentage that ranks 10th
  • Freshman Montana Fouts leads the SEC and is sixth nationally with a 1.05 ERA and her 6.53 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranks 11th
ALABAMA IN SEC PLAY (TOP 3)

  • On Base Percentage - .433 - 1st
  • Walks - 76 - 1st
  • Stolen Bases - 20 - 1st
  • Triples - 4 - T1st
  • Home Runs Allowed - 7 - 1st
  • Home Runs - 24 - 2nd
  • Slugging Percentage - .573 - 2nd
  • Earned Run Average - 3.05 - 2nd
  • Earned Runs Allowed - 36 - T2nd
  • Batting Average - .297 - 3rd
  • Runs Scored - 85 - 3rd
  • RBIs - 74 - 3rd
  • Hits - 96 - T3rd???????
HEMPHILL SLUGGING INTO SINGLE-SEASON TOP 10

  • Through 43 games, junior Bailey Hemphill is already posting some of the best power numbers in UA single-season history
  • Her 19 home runs is tied for 3rd all-time at UA with Marisa Runyon (2015) and Charlotte Morgan (2008)
  • The single-season record for home runs is 25, set by Kelly Kretschman in 1998. The only other player to surpass 20 home runs in a season was Kaila Hunt with 21 in 2012
  • Hemphill's 60 RBIs is tied for 10th all-time at UA. The single-season record is 80, set by Marisa Runyon in 2015, and only four players have surpassed 70
ELISSA BROWN APPROACHING 100 CAREER STOLEN BASES

  • Junior Elissa Brown is just eight shy of becoming the seventh player in program history with 100 career stolen bases
  • The last Tide player to earn triple-digit stolen bases was Haylie McCleney (2013-16)
  • Of the six ranked above her in the career records, Brittany Rogers (2006-09), Kayla Braud (2010-13) and Kelly Kretschman (1998-01) were the only ones to reach 100 stolen bases before the end of their junior season
  • So far this season, Brown is 31-for-32 in stolen bases including a current streak of 29-straight without being caught
REAGAN DYKES TWO AWAY FROM CAUGHT STEALING RECORD

  • With six runners caught stealing this season, Reagan Dykes is second all-time at UA with 42 career runners caught stealing
  • She is two 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
HOME SWEET HOME

  • Alabama is 19-1 at home this season, sporting its highest home winning percentage (.950) since 2011 when the Tide went 25-1 (.962)
  • Tide hitters have outscored the opponents 128-51 this season at Rhoads Stadium
  • 29 of the team's 65 home runs have come at Rhoads Stadium, paced by nine from junior Bailey Hemphill
  • Tide pitching owns a 1.98 ERA this season at home, holding the opponent to two or fewer runs in 15 of the 20 games played
ALABAMA RANKED NO. 5 IN NFCA RANKINGS

  • Alabama softball heads into this week's games ranked No. 5 in the USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 7 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll
  • Alabama remains the highest-ranked SEC team in the NFCA poll, joined in the top 10 by Florida (6/9), LSU (7/5) and Tennessee (9/8)
  • In total, 10 SEC programs are represented in at least one top 25 poll with Missouri and Mississippi State receiving votes
 
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Alabama All-American turned ESPN analyst Kayla Braud breaks down Tide-Georgia series


No. 13 Georgia at No. 5 Alabama
Schedule:
Saturday at 11 a.m.; Sunday at 6 p.m.; Monday at 6 p.m.
Where: Rhoads Stadium
Records: Alabama 39-4, 8-4 SEC; Georgia 30-11, 5-7 SEC
TV: ESPN2 (Saturday), SEC Network (Sunday, Monday)
Radio: 93.3 FM



The outfield wall at Rhoads Stadium is adorned with images of some of the best softball players in Alabama’s history.

About half the players on that wall will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend for Alabama’s series with Georgia.

The Crimson Tide is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the moment freshman Jazlyn Lunceford pinch-hit for All-American Brittany Rogers and belted a two-out grand slam in at the Women’s College World Series to carry Alabama past Arizona State.

Lunceford and Rogers will be at the Rhoads House this weekend to help celebrate that WCWS moment. Former All-American Haylie McCleneywill be there. Three-time Alabama All-American Kayla Braud will be there, too.

Braud played for Alabama from 2010-13 and was a member of the Crimson Tide’s 2012 national championship team. Nowadays she’s a softball analyst for ESPN, and she’ll be in the broadcast booth for the Crimson Tide’s series with Georgia.

“I always think of Tuscaloosa as my second home,” Braud said. “Those were some of the best memories I ever had in my entire life. This weekend is extra-special, too, because I know the other alums are going to be back in town.”

Being back in Tuscaloosa with some of her former teammates will stir memories for Braud for sure. Winning the 2012 championship is a no-brainer.

But it’s the little things that stand out to Braud.

“Winning the national championship is one of those seminal moments you will always remember, but there are a lot of little moments, too,” she said. “I remember taking BP on the field at night when no one there with a couple of my teammates and putting on the music. It was a warm, spring evening in Tuscaloosa and I remember how happy I was at that moment in time. I’m so grateful to get an opportunity to go back.”

As far as what she expects to see on the field, Braud said the 2019 Alabama team has all the tools needed to earn a trip to the WCWS and make a run — power, defense and deep pitching staff. There is one intangible the Crimson Tide needs if it’s going to make that happen.

“They have the pieces. The key is to continue to get better and be willing to fight for it,” Braud said. “When we won the 2012 national championship you could argue that we weren’t the best team on the field but we fought the hardest.”

Alabama could have to fight and scrap this weekend against the Bulldogs. Injuries are mounting up for the Crimson Tide — outfielder KB Sides left Wednesday’s game with an arm injury; first baseman Kaylee Tow has been hampered by a shoulder injury; pitcher Montana Fouts has been out for a couple of weeks with what head coach Patrick Murphy said was “overuse,” and infielder Kyra Lockhart is out for the season with a knee injury.

Fouts does return to the circle this weekend.

“They have a lot of youth on the team. How does that young team handle adversity? That’s a big question mark. They hit a bit of a slump offensively at South Carolina. Do you carry that with you or do you use that as a propeller to get you to work harder and get better? That’s what we’ll see.”



 

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Alabama Defeats Georgia, 7-1, in Saturday Series Opener - University of Alabama Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Overcast skies cleared in time for Saturday's series opener between Alabama and Georgia, with the Crimson Tide putting together a well-rounded performance to win, 7-1.

All nine of Alabama's (40-4, 9-4 SEC) starting batters reached base safely at least once in the win over Georgia (30-12, 5-8 SEC), posting eight hits and 10 walks. They were swift on the base paths as well, stealing nine bases, the second-most in UA single-game history and the most since swiping nine vs. Green Bay on Feb. 9, 2013. Three of those stolen bases came from freshman Skylar Wallace, who also drove in a run on a fourth-inning single. An error-free defense backed up a stellar performance in the circle from junior Sarah Cornell (16-1), who allowed just one run on two hits in the complete-game victory with five strikeouts. The one run scored is the lowest of the season for the Bulldogs.

After retiring Georgia in order in the top of the first, junior Elissa Brown drew a four-pitch walk to start the bottom half of the inning. She stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error before sophomore Kaylee Tow drew a walk to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Junior Bailey Hemphill pulled a single through the left side, scoring Brown to give the Tide the 1-0 lead. Alabama would load the bases later in the inning with two out, but a force out kept it a one-run game.

Georgia tied it up in the next half-inning on an RBI double from Alysen Febrey but Tow put the Tide back on top in the bottom half with an RBI single. Senior Merris Schroder led off the bottom of the third with a sky-high solo home run to make it 3-1. Alabama got three runners on base via three walks in the bottom of the fourth and sophomore Maddie Morgan brought everyone home with an opposite-field double to stretch the lead to 6-1. Wallace kept it going with an RBI single before Georgia made a pitching change, trailing 7-1. Alabama would put a pair in scoring position with two out before a popup ended the inning.

Neither team scored in the fifth or sixth innings and Georgia could only muster a two-out walk in the top of the seventh, as the Tide held on for the six-run win.

Game two of the weekend series is set for a 6 p.m. CT first pitch Sunday, April 14 live on SEC Network.
 

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They beat UGA in game 2, 4-0.
 

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Softball Hands Georgia First Shutout of the Season to Clinch Weekend Series - University of Alabama Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama softball handed Georgia its first shutout loss of the season Sunday night at Rhoads Stadium, winning 4-0 to clinch the weekend series.

For the second-straight game, Alabama (41-4, 10-4 SEC) held a potent Georgia (30-13, 5-9 SEC) offense at bay, as the Bulldogs were shut out for the first time this season. The Crimson Tide took advantage of a pair of fielding errors to scratch a run across in the first inning and the remaining three runs came off the bat of senior Merris Schroder, who was 2-for-3 with an RBI single and two-run home run, her second long ball of the series. The run support was more than enough for junior Krystal Goodman (8-0) in the circle, who allowed just five hits in the complete-game shutout, with no Bulldog runner making it past second base.

Alabama took advantage of back-to-back Georgia errors in the bottom of the first, plating a run to take the early 1-0 lead. With a runner at second and two out in the bottom of the third, junior Bailey Hemphill was intentionally walked to set up the force out but Schroder came through behind her, sending an RBI single up the middle to make it a 2-0 game.

Another fielding error in the bottom of the fifth put a Tide baserunner on and Schroder cleared the fence in the next at-bat, smashing her second home run of the series to increase the lead to 4-0. That was all the run support Alabama needed as Goodman and the defense retired the next six straight to end the game.

The series concludes Monday, April 15 at 6 p.m. CT live on SEC Network.
 

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Bama won 4-3, Fouts left after the 4th, allowing no runs, probably easing her back in. Her replacement gave up the 3 runs.
 

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Walk-Off Win Caps Series Sweep for Alabama Over Georgia Monday in Tuscaloosa - University of Alabama Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Sophomore Kaylee Tow provided the biggest hit of the night for Alabama softball Monday at Rhoads Stadium, dropping a walk-off RBI single into left field to give the Crimson Tide the 4-3 win over Georgia, capping a series sweep.

Alabama (42-4, 11-4 SEC) built an early 3-0 lead, helped by three costly Georgia (30-14, 5-10 SEC) errors. The Bulldogs tied it up with an RBI double and two-run home run in the fifth before a three-base error in the bottom of the seventh set up Tow for the walk-off single. It was the Tide's second walk-off win of the season and the series sweep is Alabama's first over the Bulldogs since 2011.

In her first game action since March 24, freshman Montana Fouts threw 4.0 shutout innings in the start, fanning seven batters with just one hit allowed. Junior Sarah Cornell (17-1) ultimately picked up the win in relief, her second of the weekend, retiring all seven batters she faced.

With a runner on first and nobody out in the bottom of the second, junior Claire Jenkins laid down a sacrifice bunt attempt to move the runner but the throw pulled the first baseman off the bag, allowing her to reach on the error. The lead runner moved on to third, forcing a quick throw from Georgia that sailed into foul territory, allowing her to come home on the second error for the first run of the day while Jenkins moved all the way up to third. Freshman Skylar Wallace brought her home later in the inning on a sacrifice fly to push the lead to 2-0.

In the third inning with freshman Kloyee Anderson pinch-running at second base, she swiped third and an errant throw down the line allowed her to pop up and score on the error to make it 3-0. With a runner on second following a sacrifice bunt for Georgia in the top of the fifth, an RBI double down the left-field line got the Bulldogs on the board. A two-run home run later in the inning tied it up at 3-3.

Alabama got a pair on base in the bottom of the sixth but could not bring either home as it remained tied heading to the seventh. Georgia went down in order in the top of the inning and junior Elissa Brown's speed leading off the bottom half forced a bad throw, costing the Bulldogs three bases with the potential winning run now 60 feet away. Tow sent the 3-1 pitch in her at-bat into shallow left, scoring Brown easily for the 4-3 walk-off victory.

Next weekend, Alabama hits the road for a three-game series against Florida (36-9, 9-6 SEC). Action in Gainesville begins Friday, April 19 with a doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. CT, with game one of that twin bill live on ESPN2. The series finale will air live on ESPN Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. CT.
 

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