Softball Hosts Rival Auburn This Weekend

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March 21, 2013

Games 31-33 | No. 4/6 Alabama (27-3, 4-2 SEC) vs. Auburn (20-11, 1-5 SEC)
Dates

Friday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, March 23, 1 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m. CT

Location Tuscaloosa, Ala.| Rhoads Stadium (3,940)
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Television Friday (WVUA) | Saturday (CSS) | Sunday (ESPNU)
Radio Listen | WDGM 99.1 FM | Chad Haynie
Live Stats GameTracker (Gm 1) | GameTracker (Gm 2) | GameTracker (Gm 3)
Game Notes Alabama Notes Get Acrobat ReaderAuburn Notes Get Acrobat Reader
Video Stream TideTV
Promotions Kayla Braud Day | Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Game

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team (27-3, 4-2 SEC) will remain at home to host Southeastern Conference rival Auburn (20-11, 1-5 SEC) in a three-game series that will begin on Friday, March 22. The two teams will be featured twice on television as Saturday’s contest will air on CSS and Sunday will be shown on ESPNU. First pitch for Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m. CT

LAST TIME OUT
Alabama junior pitcher Lauren Sewell led the Crimson Tide in the circle and at the plate in a 9-1, run-rule victory over Georgia State, Wednesday night. Sewell allowed one run on two hits and smacked a three-run home run as the Tide exploded for 13 hits in the winning effort. Senior Kayla Braud also had a day, batting 2-for-3 with two runs and a three-run home run.

The Last Meeting
Alabama4
Auburn2
March 27, 2012
Auburn, Ala.
Jackie Traina Stymies Auburn in Doubleheader Sweep
Alabama sophomore All-American Jackie Traina threw every pitch of both games to help lead the No. 2 ranked Crimson Tide (32-1, 9-1 SEC) to a doubleheader sweep over rival Auburn (24-11, 3-7 SEC), Tuesday night at Jane B. Moore Field. Alabama downed No. 24 Auburn, 4-2, in game one and capped off the twin-bill with a 5-2 victory in the night cap. The Tide has now downed Auburn in 17 straight games after the pair of victories.

The Last Meeting
Alabama4
Auburn2
March 27, 2012
Auburn, Ala.
Jackie Traina Stymies Auburn in Doubleheader Sweep
Alabama sophomore All-American Jackie Traina threw every pitch of both games to help lead the No. 2 ranked Crimson Tide (32-1, 9-1 SEC) to a doubleheader sweep over rival Auburn (24-11, 3-7 SEC), Tuesday night at Jane B. Moore Field. Alabama downed No. 24 Auburn, 4-2, in game one and capped off the twin-bill with a 5-2 victory in the night cap. The Tide has now downed Auburn in 17 straight games after the pair of victories.

The Last Meeting
Alabama4
Auburn2
March 27, 2012
Auburn, Ala.
Jackie Traina Stymies Auburn in Doubleheader Sweep
Alabama sophomore All-American Jackie Traina threw every pitch of both games to help lead the No. 2 ranked Crimson Tide (32-1, 9-1 SEC) to a doubleheader sweep over rival Auburn (24-11, 3-7 SEC), Tuesday night at Jane B. Moore Field. Alabama downed No. 24 Auburn, 4-2, in game one and capped off the twin-bill with a 5-2 victory in the night cap. The Tide has now downed Auburn in 17 straight games after the pair of victories.

WHO TO WATCH
Alabama freshman Andrea Hawkins has led the Tide at the plate over the last 10 games with a .478 (11-for-23) average. Hawkins has added three runs, five RBI and two stolen bases. Senior Kayla Braud is close behind with a .471 average, adding a team-best 16 hits, 13 runs and eight stolen bases. Junior Jackie Traina has provided the punch over that span with four home runs and 13 RBI while adding a .290 average.

SCOUTING AUBURN
Auburn enters the weekend with a 20-11 overall record and a 1-5 mark in SEC play. The Tigers have lost four in a row, dropping a midweek contest on Tuesday to Florida State, 6-3, after getting swept at home to Georgia last weekend. Auburn is hitting .297 with 18 home runs and 143 RBI. They have outscored their opponents, 176-106, while pitching at a 2.93 clip. Branndi Melero leads the team with a .438 average, adding seven home runs and 32 RBI. She has also stolen eight bases in 10 attempts. In the circle, Marcy Harper has tossed the most innings, sporting a 10-5 record with a 2.82 ERA. She has struck out 78 in 89 1/3 innings pitched. Tina Deese is in her 17th year at Auburn, accumulating a 552-446-1 record on the Plains and an 838-569-1 record overall in 25 years.

SERIES HISTORY
Alabama and rival Auburn have met 53 times with the Crimson Tide holding a 40-13 advantage. Alabama is 20-5 in Tuscaloosa against Auburn and has won 17 in a row overall. Last season the Tide won a midweek doubleheader in Auburn by the scores of 4-2 and 5-2, respectively, on March 27. Jackie Traina threw every pitch in the twin-bill, allowing four runs – three earned on five hits while striking out 18 in 14 innings. In game one, Traina allowed just one hit and struck out nine in the winning effort. Kaila Hunt led the Tide at the plate in the doubleheader with two home runs and a .500 average.

MURPHY CLOSING IN ON 800
Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy is rapidly closing in on 800 wins for his career. Murphy enters the weekend with a 799-220 record in 16 seasons, 15 while at the helm of the Crimson Tide. At Alabama, Murphy has accumulated a 771-201 record. He spent one season at Northwest Missouri State, where he went 28-20 in his first head coaching assignment.

ALABAMA WELCOMES WOUNDED WARRIOR AMPUTEE SOFTBALL TEAM
The Alabama softball team will be welcoming a lot more than just rival Auburn on March 22-24, as the Crimson Tide will host the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team all weekend long. The festivities are centered on a special exhibition game between the WWAST and University of Alabama Alumni All-Stars that will take place after the Saturday, March 23, contest against the Tigers. The weekend also marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.

ALABAMA AT HOME
Alabama put together one of its most successful seasons in front of the home faithful in 2012, posting a 35-4 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 386-57 record at Rhoads Stadium and a 441-76 record in Tuscaloosa.

ALABAMA IN THE NCAA
In the NCAA Alabama ranks third in stolen bases per game with 2.62 per game and 76 overall and ninth in scoring with 206 total and 7.1 per game. Individually, Kayla Braud sits at fourth in the nation in stolen bases with .86 per game and 25 total.

SEC TEAM STATS
In the SEC, the Tide places fourth so far in runs with 206, third in hits with 250 and fourth in RBI with 179. Alabama is tied for fourth in homeruns with 30. Alabama has the second lowest strikeout count with 97. The Tide dominates the stolen base category ranking first with 76-for-80 attempts.

INDIVIDUALLY IN THE SEC
Freshman Haylie McCleney continues to lead the SEC in batting average with a .489 and in hits with 45. She holds second in runs scored with 35 and third in both triples and total bases with four and 70 respectively. Kaila Hunt is tied for third in doubles with 10 and tied for fourth in total bases with 68. Hunt is also fourth in RBI with 32. Kayla Braud is first in stolen bases with 25 and second in stolen base attempts with 26. In the circle, Jackie Traina is ranked fourth in batters struck out with 116.

TIDE RANKED NO. 4 AND NO. 6 IN WEEK SIX POLLS
The Alabama softball team remains at No. 4 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll after sweeping South Carolina in Columbia last week. Oklahoma repeats at No. 1 with a unanimous pick for the second week in a row. The Tide remains at No. 6 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll giving Oklahoma No. 1 in both polls.

ALABAMA ON THE RADIO
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 991wdgm.com or on any iPhone or Android device with the radioPup app. Links will also be available on Roll-Tide.com.

NEXT TIME OUT
Alabama hits the road on spring break headed to warmer weather in Texas facing Houston, March 27, in a single midweek game before welcoming Texas A&M to the SEC in a weekend series, March 29-31.