Tide Softball Claims Crimson Classic Championship


Sunday, February 20, 2005

Jennifer Wright
Jennifer Wright

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The sixth ranked Alabama softball team (15-1) scored early and often en route to a 5-0 win over the Maryland Terrapins (1-4) to claim the 2005 Crimson Classic Championship.

The Tide came out swinging in the first inning beginning with a one-out triple from freshman Jordan Praytor.  Stephanie VanBrakle followed with a single scoring Praytor and Bama had a 1-0 lead.

The Crimson Tide added three runs in the bottom of the second inning beginning with a one-out single from Accetturo who snapped an 0-for-15 slump that stretched back to February 6 against UAB.  Leah White advanced her a base with a sacrifice and Accetturo took third on a wild pitch.  Ashley Courtney drew a walk and stole second and Praytor scored both runners with a single back up the middle for a 3-0 Crimson Tide lead.  VanBrakle tripled scoring Praytor and Alabama had a 4-0 lead.

Bama plated one final run in the bottom off the third on a two-out triple from Accetturo scoring Capper Reed who had reached on a walk.

Senior Jennifer Wright took the win scattering three hits in four innings of work while striking out six batters.  Freshman Chrissy Owens picked up her second save of the season throwing the final three innings allowing two hits while striking out four batters.  For the sixth time this season, the Alabama pitching staff did not yield a walk.

“That’s what you want out of your senior pitcher, to be at her best in her last year,” said Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy.  “You could tell looking at her that she could have pitched all weekend for us if we had wanted her to.  She’s in great condition.”

Praytor, VanBrakle and Accetturo paced the Alabama offensive attack, each going 2-3 on the day.  Praytor finished with two RBI and two runs scored while VanBrakle drove in two runs and Accetturo recorded an RBI and scored a run.

For their efforts on the weekend, Jackie Wilkins, Praytor, Courtney, VanBrakle and Wright were named to the all-tournament team with Wright receiving tournament MVP honors. 

Alabama will return to action on Thursday at Troy State before heading to the prestigious NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Georgia this weekend.

Game Notes

Vs. Maryland

--Alabama won both tournaments at home (Bama Bash! and Crimson Classic) for the first time ever. The Tide lost the 2000 Bama Bash! but won the Classic.  In 2001 and 2002 no winner was declared due to rain; in 2003 Bama lost the Classic but won the Bash! There was no Crimson Classic in 2004.

--Alabama tied the school record for triples in a game with three for the second time in three days.

--Dominique Accetturo broke an 0-for-15 slump going 2-for-3 on the day.

--Accetturo’s triple in the third inning was the program’s 100th all-time triple.


Game Maryland 2 01
Dominique Accetturo shows her excitement as she sets to round first.
(Photo by Jeff Hanson)

Game Maryland 2 02
Mandy Burford slides into second base.
(Photo by Jeff Hanson)

Game Maryland 2 03
Katie Johnson gets high-fives as she comes back to the dugout.
(Photo by Jeff Hanson)

Game Maryland 2 04
Jennifer Wright greets Jordan Praytor and her teammates.
(Photo by Jeff Hanson)

Game Maryland 2 05
Chrissy Owens fires a pitch in relief of Jennifer Wright.
(Photo by Jeff Hanson)

Game Maryland 2 06
Staci Ramsey reaches first safely as coach Alyson Habetz signals "safe".
(Photo by Jeff Hanson)

Game Maryland 2 07
Capper Reed slides into second and breaks up the throw.
(Photo by Jeff Hanson)

Game Maryland 2 08
Stephanie VanBrakle rounds first as she looks for extra bases.
(Photo by Jeff Hanson)

Game Maryland 2 09
Stephanie VanBrakle and Coach Patrick Murphy share a quick laugh.
(Photo by Jeff Hanson)

Game Maryland 2 10
Jennifer Wright fires a pitch to a Maryland batter.
(Photo by Jeff Hanson)

Game Maryland 2 11
Jennifer Wright got another victory as the Tide clinched the Crimson Classic championship.
(Photo by Jeff Hanson)