Jan. 16, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team conducted its first official practice of the season Saturday afternoon. The Crimson Tide practiced for three hours in the Hank Crisp Indoor facility. Inclement weather caused the team to move indoors and change its practice time.
"There was a lot of positive energy the entire practice," Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. "This group is fun to coach as they all love the game. I am anxious to see how quickly they can come together."
Alabama started the practice with its normal warm-up routine and then quickly moved to the defensive side of things. Later on the Tide moved up to the cages to take batting practice.
"It was exciting to get back out there," senior All-American Charlotte Morgan said. "You can tell the team is eager and excited to get things going again."
The Tide returns 13 letterwinners from a team that equaled its longest stay at the Women's College World Series in program history last season. All-Americans Morgan and Kelsi Dunne return to the fold to lead Alabama in the 2010 season.
Alabama will open the 2010 campaign against WCWS-participant Missouri. The two teams will meet for a three game series that will begin with a doubleheader on Feb. 13 at the Alabama Softball Complex.