Alabama Softball Falls to Hawai'i in Super Regional Game Two, 8-7
May 29, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Hawai’i softball team (48-14) snapped Alabama’s 28-game win streak, dropping the Crimson Tide to 52-10, to force game three at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Super Regional. The deciding game, with the winner advancing to the College World Series, will get underway at Noon at the Alabama Softball Complex and will be televised by ESPN.
The Tuscaloosa Super Regional was slated to get underway with a single game Friday night, but inclement weather pushed the start to Saturday and changed it to a doubleheader. Those holding a regional ticket package will use the ticket originally slated for Saturday for admission on Sunday.
“It was one of the best crowds we have ever had,” UA head coach Patrick Murphy said. “I really appreciate everyone sticking with us with the way the weather was yesterday.
“Those were two really good games. You saw why Hawai’i is here. They are a very good team. The second game could have gone either way, but they made the pitches when they needed to and got the key hits.”
After winning the day’s first game 8-0 in five innings, Alabama stayed on track in game two, drawing first blood by scoring in the top of the first. Senior Charlotte Morgan recorded her fourth RBI on the day by hitting a sac-fly to right to score freshman Kayla Braud from third.
“That’s why I love our team,” UA sophomore Amanda Locke said. “We have been called the comeback kids from the beginning. That is something that is great about our team. We know we can come back. Everyone was excited. The fans were into it, and it was just a great feeling.”
Sophomore Stephanie Ricketts recorded the win for the Rainbow Wahine, going to 28-8 on the season while Alabama junior Kelsi Dunne, who won the first game, took the loss for the Tide in game two, falling to 30-5 this year.
“They were very competitive games,” Hawai’i head coach Bob Coolen said. “The first game, I found out who Kelsi Dunne was. Everyone in the stands was letting me know that. She is a good pitcher, she shut us down. The crowd was intense, it was a great crowd. It just made for a great two softball games.”