University of Alabama team set for Women’s College World Series
Sunday, May 25, 2008 RAY MELICK News staff writer
TUSCALOOSA – Well, that was easy.
Third-ranked Alabama (56-6) scored four runs in the third and three more in the fourth on the way to a 7-1 victory Saturday over Missouri (47-17) to sweep the Crimson Tide’s NCAA Super Regional and advance to the Women’s College World Series next week in Oklahoma City.
It’s the third time in the past four years the Tide has made it to the final eight to play for the softball national championship and the fifth trip in the program’s history. [more]
Alabama Softball Beats Missouri, 6-1
May 23, 2008
TUSCALOOSA – The Alabama Softball team beat Missouri 6-1 in the first game of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Super Regional held at the Alabama Softball Complex on Friday.
“We knew coming in that anyone you play at this level is going to be a great team,” Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. “We were fortunate to get a lot of baserunners on early and finally capitalized in third. We got a couple of big hits, (Lauren) Parker’s, and a few others. The top of the order was great tonight I thought.”
Alabama (55-6) scored six runs on 11 hits while Missouri (47-16) managed one run on two hits. A majority of Alabama’s offense came in the third inning when five runs crossed the plate. Junior Brittany Rogers and senior Jordan Praytor led the Tide’s offense with three hits apiece.
“It was unfortunate that we really didn’t give ourselves a chance to win tonight,” Missouri head coach Ehren Earleywine said. “Our defense was atrocious. Obviously, you can’t give Alabama extra outs. Again, defensively we blew it, and we are going to have to do a much better job tomorrow.”
Lauren Parker provided the big blow for the Crimson Tide with a two-run home run over the right-centerfield wall. The blast came on a 2-2 count with two outs to hand Alabama a 5-0 lead in the third. [more]