Alabama Softball Kicks Off 2004 Season


Thursday, January 22, 2004

Angela Johnson

Over 800 miles and seven and a half months removed from its last true competitive outing at the 2003 Women’s College World Series, The University of Alabama softball team began its preparation this week for the 2004 season and a return trip to Oklahoma City.

The Tide broke camp on Sunday and has been shaking off the cob webs from the holiday break this week, despite the chilly weather.

“We’ve been lucky so far to be outside all week,” said Alabama Head Coach Patrick Murphy.  “It’s difficult to hit in the cold conditions but they’ve hit well all week.”

Tuesday, the Tide saw its first live pitching and responded with the kind of offensive display it has become known for. 

The first two weeks, the Alabama will work on tightening up its fundamental play before going to game situations in the final two weeks leading up to its season opening tournament at the Stanford Spring Classic, February 6-8.

The Crimson Tide will resume practice on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:00 a.m.  On Sunday, fans can get their first look at the team in a live situation as they host their first scrimmage of the season.  The scrimmage is scheduled to begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. at The University of Alabama Softball Complex.