Softball Set to Play Six Games in Four Days



Feb. 26, 2013

Games 17-22 | No. 1/2 Alabama (16-0, 0-0 SEC) Easton Classic

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m. CT | Samford
Thursday, Feb. 28, 5 p.m. CT | South Alabama
Friday, March 1, 2:30 p.m. CT | Iowa State
Friday, March 1, 5 p.m. CT | St. John's
Saturday, March 2, 1:30 p.m. CT | St. John's
Saturday, March 2, 4 p.m. | Iowa State 

Location Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Rhoads Stadium (3,940)
Tickets Brickyard General Admission | $5
Television WVUA (Samford/St. John's) | Gary Harris
Radio Listen | WDGM 99.1 FM | Chad Haynie
Live Stats Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6
Game Notes Alabama Notes Get Acrobat Reader | SEC Notes Get Acrobat Reader
Video Stream TideTV
Tourney Records 267-65 | Tournament Central
Promotions 2013 Promotional Schedule

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The top-ranked Alabama softball team (16-0) will be continuing its homestand this week with six games in four days. The Tide starts with single games against Samford (6-6) on Wednesday, Feb. 27 and South Alabama (13-1) on Thursday, Feb. 28, before moving immediately into the Easton Classic on March 1-2. Iowa State (7-4) and St. John’s (3-7-1) will be participating in the 2013 Easton Classic. 

The top-ranked Alabama softball team continued its dominance during tournament play, claiming its 12th straight title, after winning the Easton Bama Bash this past weekend. Before entering the weekend to open its home schedule, Alabama defeated UAB on the road, 8-4. The Tide played a total of six games this past week, including five in Tuscaloosa at the Bama Bash. Alabama outscored its opponents, 50-6, hit .321 and sported a 0.88 ERA. Opponents hit only .151 and pitched at a 7.38 clip.

Freshman Haylie McCleney continues to tear through her freshman season in an impressive manner. Leading the team with a .604 batting average, she adds to her collection of awards the title of MVP in her first Bama Bash. McCleney has 24 runs, three home runs, 14 RBI and has stolen 15 bases in as many attempts. The freshman was hitless in only two games thus far and has yet to strike out. Kaila Hunt (.395) leads the team in homeruns with seven and RBIs with 19.

The Bulldogs have a 6-6 start to the 2013 season. Madison Dickey leads Samford with a .385 average putting up 10 hits with six RBI. In the circle for the Bulldogs, Mollie Hanson (4-5) sports a 1.57 ERA, striking out 70 batters in 53.2 innings. Entering her second season as the head coach at Samford, Mandy Burford, a former Crimson Tide player, will return to her alma mater with a 20-48 record.

South Alabama heads a strong start to their season with a 13-1 record. Brittany Fowler leads the Jaguars offensively, batting .359 and putting up 16 runs on 14 hits. In the circle for South Alabama, Hannah Campbell has a 0.71 ERA, striking out 37 in 39.1 innings. Becky Clark is in her eighth season after leading the Jaguars to their first ever Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship and an appearance at the Tuscaloosa Regional last spring.

St. John’s heads into the week with a 3-7-1 record. The Red Storm is led by Jackie Reed at the plate with a .382 average and scoring seven runs on 13 hits, including two home runs. Reed has six doubles on the year and six RBI. Tori Free leads the Red Storm in the circle with a 1.91 ERA. She has struck out 40 batters in 36.2 innings. Amy Kvilhaug is in her seventh year as head coach at St. John’s with a record of 123-194 throughout her tenure. (As of Feb. 26, 2013)

The Cyclones will head into the weekend with a 7-4 record with Erica Miller leading the Iowa State bats. Miller has a .484 average recording seven runs on 15 hits and 11 RBI. Taylor Smith and Tori Torrescano share the responsibility in the circle for the Cyclones with ERAs of 2.00 and 3.61, respectively. Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler comes back for her eighth year in Ames with a mark of 152-197.

: The Tide and the Bulldogs have met on 20 previous occasions with the Tide leading the series 18-2. Alabama took the win last season against Samford in the game on March 7. Cassie Reilly-Boccia led the Tide to a 7-3 victory with a two-run homer in the first. Leslie Jury took the win, striking out seven batters in six innings.

South Alabama: Alabama heads the series against the Jaguars with a 7-0 lead. In the 2012 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional the Tide downed South Alabama, 6-0. Jennifer Fenton had two runs on two hits and two RBI. Jackie Traina took the win, striking out 10 in seven innings.

Iowa State: This weekend will mark the second time that Alabama and Iowa State have met on the field. The only other time was March 6, 1998 when the Tide took the 3-2 decision. Kelly Kretschman scored two runs on two hits.

St. John’s: This will be the first meeting between the Tide and the Red Storm

For the third straight week, freshman Haylie McCleney led the team in hits and runs scored. The Morris, Ala., native batted .611 (11-for-18) with nine runs, two doubles, a home run, nine RBI and four stolen bases. McCleney was named the Easton Bama Bash tournament MVP. McCleney had four multi-hit performances in the six-game week, including three games with three hits. The rookie scored at least one run and reached base in all but one game.

Alabama outfielder Haylie McCleney has not just put together the best start for a freshman in program history but has raced out to one of the best starts through 16 games. McCleney enters the week with a .604 batting average and 32 hits, which ties with Brittany Rogers in 2008 for the best mark in those respective categories in school history. In that 2008 season, Rogers went on to be named an NFCA first team All-American after hitting .452 with 98 hits. In 2010 when Kayla Braud set the school record with a .505 batting average, the second team All-American started out with a .465 batting average, 20 hits and 15 runs scored through 16 games. McCleney has added 24 runs, six doubles, a triple, three home runs, 14 RBI and 15 stolen bases.

Alabama enters the Easton Classic this upcoming weekend with a 267-65 overall regular season tournament record. The last loss for Alabama came from Louisiana-Lafayette in the Citrus Classic on March 4, 2011. The Tide sports a strong 111-16 overall home tournament record. Alabama has not lost at home in a tournament game since March 6, 2010, when it fell to No. 7 Michigan, 4-2. Since that loss Alabama has strung together a 28-game win streak for home tournaments.

Alabama has historically gotten off to fast starts and the 2013 campaign is no different as the Tide enters the week with a perfect 16-0 record. UA has started the season better than 5-0, nine times and has gotten off to at least a 10-0 start, eight times. The Tide has eclipsed the 20-win plateau three times, setting a school record with a 27-0 start in 2001. UA started 25-0 in 2007. Last year the Tide raced out to a 26-0 start.

Alabama put together one of its most successful seasons in front of the home faithful in 2012, posting a 34-4 record at Rhoads Stadium, losing to Tennessee, LSU, Georgia State and Florida. UA has won 25 or more games at Rhoads Stadium, 12 times and 30 or more seven times. The Tide finished 31-1 in 2009 and put together its most wins in 2007 with a 39-3 record. Overall Alabama has posted a 379-56 record at Rhoads Stadium and a 434-76 record in Tuscaloosa.

After the third week of play, the Crimson Tide ranks high in many categories in the SEC. Ranked second in pitching with a team ERA of 1.17, the tide also has the second most strikeouts with 134 over 108 innings. On the offensive side the tide ranks first in steals, reaching 49 of 50 attempts, additionally giving them the top rank in stolen base percentage. Alabama is tied for first in the home run category with 21 total and second in runs with 118. (As of Feb. 26, 2013)

Freshman Haylie McCleney comes in first in batting average with a .604 as well as first in hits (32) and runs (24). She is this in doubles with six, second in total bases with 49 and second in stolen bases with 15. Kaila Hunt is third in total bases with 43 and tied for first in home runs with seven. Kayla Braud is tied for first with 16 stolen bases. Jackie Traina is tied for first on the mound in strikeouts with 75 and third in wins with eight. (As of Feb. 26, 2013)

The Alabama softball team remains on the top of the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll for the third week of the season with 20 first place votes. The Tide remains second in the Softball poll to Oklahoma (15-0) who received 16 points to Alabama’s four.

The Alabama softball radio broadcasts will make the move to the Crimson Tide Sports Network in 2013. Chad Haynie, entering his fourth year broadcasting UA softball, will provide play-by-play coverage. The flagship station for softball in Tuscaloosa will be 99.1 WDGM. Fans can listen worldwide at or on any iPhone or Android device with the radio Pup app. Links will also be available on

Alabama will remain at home to play a single game against Florida in a rare non-conference matchup on March 6, before taking to the road again to face Tennessee in the SEC opener March 8-10.