Home Runyon

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (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 outreach@cw.ua.edu (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 outreach@cw.ua.edu (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 outreach@cw.ua.edu (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 outreach@cw.ua.edu 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 outreach@cw.ua.edu (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 outreach@cw.ua.edu (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 outreach@cw.ua.edu (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...]

No. 6 Alabama softball run-rules Washington behind Osorio's 1-hitter

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Kelly Ward) Freshman right-hander Alexis Osorio was almost perfect against Washington. Almost was good enough in No. 6 Alabama softball's 9-0 win on Saturday in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional.Osorio (18-7, 1.66 ERA) gave up one hit — a Texas leaguer down the left-field line — and struck out nine.“She was on point,” Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said. “I think in the beginning of the game when she would strike out people on three pitches that isn't normal for her. Usually … [Read more...]

No. 6 Alabama softball beats Fairfield 8-0 to start Tuscaloosa Regional

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Kelly Ward) No. 6 Alabama softball doesn't have a problem with its scoreboard. No, the two home runs off it weren't personal. The team's getting a new one anyway.The two home runs were just Alabama hitters getting their swings back en route to a 8-0 mercy-rule win over Fairfield in the second game of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional.In the bottom of the third, senior shortstop Danae Hays hit a dinger off the top of the scoreboard. In the next inning, junior centerfielder … [Read more...]