Alabama softball drops game to Michigan in WCWS opener

By (Kelly Ward) OKLAHOMA CITY — Michigan got big hits. Alabama didn't. Michigan gets to play Friday. Alabama plays on elimination Saturday.No. 6 Alabama softball (47-14) was shutout 5-0 to No. 6 Michigan (57-6) in the opening round of the Women's College World Series. The Wolverines had a solo home run and a grand slam in the win.Freshman right-hander Alexis Osorio (21-9) had threw six innings and allowed four hits and five runs. She walked four and struck out seven. She … [Read more...]

Alabama softball faces Michigan in rematch of early-season loss

By (Kelly Ward) OKLAHOMA CITY — The weather was more suited to Michigan than Alabama the last time the two softball teams faced off against each other.It was Feb. 20, and it was 37 degrees in Tuscaloosa.The Wolverines shelled the Crimson Tide 8-2 in the first game. The next day, they came back and beat Alabama 4-1.“They hit the ball better than they've ever hit that early in the season against us,” Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said. “And that really impressed me. And they … [Read more...]

Home Runyon

By (Kelly Ward) Marisa Runyon was struggling.She didn't have a hit in seven at-bats at the Tuscaloosa Super Regional and the last time she came up to bat with the bases loaded, she struck out to end Alabama's rally in Friday's 5-2 loss to Oklahoma.Runyon was struggling until she saw the first pitch.In one swing, she gave Alabama a 5-3 lead with the game-winning grand slam to send the team to Oklahoma City.“It felt good, but the best part was greeting my team at the plate,” … [Read more...]

Alabama drops game one of Tuscaloosa Regional 5-2

By (Kelly Ward) Everything was going right until, suddenly, it wasn't.Alabama freshman right-hander Alexis Osorio (19-8) went five innings through the Oklahoma lineup without giving up a hit. Then, the Sooners got a pinch-hit single. NCAA career home run leader Lauren Chamberlain tied up the game with a two-run home run. A sac fly and a two-run home run later made it 5-2 Sooners. “I didn't see anything different,” Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said. “She's always been very … [Read more...]

Sooner or later

By (Kelly Ward) Sooner or later it was bound to happen. Alabama and Oklahoma softball were bound to meet eventually. Fate in disguise as the NCAA selection committee made it happen sooner than it has in years past.On Friday, possibly the most anticipated Super Regional contains two of the top six teams in the country. Alabama, seeded sixth in the tournament, and Oklahoma, seeded 11th, will meet in Tuscaloosa with the winner punching a ticket to Oklahoma City for the Women's … [Read more...]

Talley takes home NCAA title, scores lowest in career

By (Caroline Gazzara) For the past year, junior Emma Talley faced each new day with optimism and hope. If she wasn't on the greens playing golf, she was analyzing video footage or thinking about golf. Her motto is to keep getting better. And she did.Talley won the 2015 NCAA Women's Golf Individual crown on Monday with 3-under 285. She is the first player to win the individual title in Alabama's history.The junior is also the fifth player in history to win an individual title … [Read more...]

Jansen, Routliffe win second championship

By It takes a special type of doubles team to walk into the Women's Tennis National Championships ready for action. For many teams, it's difficult to build a bond with your teammate, to be able to read each other's thoughts and know where the other one is going to be when the ball hits the court.But for sophomore Erin Routliffe and junior Maya Jansen, the bond had no doubts. As a doubles team, they were cohesive. Each complimented the other during every game, set and match. … [Read more...]

OKC you soon: Alabama softball heads to NCAA Women's College World Series

By (Kelly Ward) After some of the hubbub died down following No. 6 Alabama softball's 5-3 come from behind win over Oklahoma to secure a spot in the Women's College World Series, softball coach Patrick Murphy took his seat for the postgame press conference.“Did that just happen?” Murphy asked, laughing.Yes, it did.Alabama did win two games in one afternoon to stave off elimination. Alabama did just win on a sixth-inning grand slam from its power hitter who hadn't had a hit … [Read more...]

​Alabama baseball leans on Bramblett, clutch hitting in 6-1 win over Ole Miss

By (Kelly Ward) HOOVER — Eleven-seed Alabama baseball founded its offense with its season on the line in a 6-1 win over 6-seed Ole Miss to open the SEC Tournament.“It doesn't take a baseball genius to figure out what happened,” Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. “Alabama just outplayed us today and that's what makes the Southeastern Conference such an unbelievably good league. You know, anybody can beat anybody on a given day.”Sophomore right-hander Geoffrey Bramblett … [Read more...]

​Alabama cruises past Washington, gets set to host Super Regional

By (Kelly Ward) It was instinct for junior centerfielder Haylie McCleney to catch a fly ball in full stride in left field. It was smart for sophomore left fielder Chandler Dare to get out of the way.Plays like this are routine for the All-American outfielder. She makes makes plays on balls that ordinarily are doubles like the one in No. 6 Alabama softball's 11-1 win over Washington.“Maybe in another park, not in ours,” McCleney said.Multiple home runs in a game aren't … [Read more...]