Thursday, May 19, 2005
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Alabama Team Notes
The eighth-ranked Crimson Tide softball team (57-13) is making its seventh consecutive NCAA appearance this weekend and the team will open action with the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devilettes (34-30) tomorrow at the UA Softball Complex.
Alabama is the top seed in the regional for the third time in school history having been seeded first in 2001 and 2003. The Arizona State Sun Devils are the second seed. The Hofstra Pride is seeded third followed by the Delta Devilettes.
The Tide has never faced Mississippi Valley, however they did get an up close look at them last year in Los Angeles as the two teams were paired in the same regional but never met.
Alabama and Arizona State have some NCAA Tournament history having met in the 2000 NCAA Regional in Tempe, Arizona. The Tide went 4-0 in that tournament defeating the Sun Devils twice to advance to its first ever Women’s College World Series. The wins over ASU were the Crimson Tide’s first ever over a Pac-10 team.
Alabama and Hofstra have never met, but the Pride is familiar with SEC teams in NCAA play, having upset the Auburn Tigers in NCAA postseason play last year in Palo Alto, California.
The Crimson Tide is hosting a NCAA Regional for the third time in program history, having done so in 2001 and 2003. Alabama went 2-2 in the 2001 regional, defeating Illinois-Chicago and Oregon State before losing to Michigan and South Florida. In 2003, the Tide went 4-0 earning a trip to its second Women’s College World Series trip. In that regional, Alabama defeated Southern, Illinois and Southern Illinois twice.
Ashley Courtney (SR, Vero Beach, Fla.) paces the Tide offensively leading the team in hitting (.392), runs (52), hits (82), triples (6), RBI (45) and stolen bases (21).
Stephanie VanBrakle (JR, Chambersburg, Pa.) is the staff ace with a 29-6 record and 288 strikeouts in 215.1 innings. Chrissy Owens leads the pitching staff with a 0.94 ERA and a .165 opponent batting average.
Arizona State and Hofstra will open action on Friday at 4:00 p.m. followed by the top-seeded Tide and Mississippi Valley State at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 205.348.BAMA (2262) or fans can purchase their tickets at the gates on Friday.
Fans can follow all the action on www.rolltide.com where live stats and audio will be available. Web streaming for Alabama games only will also be available. Fans can go to www.crimsontradition.com or they can get to the video from the NCAA Tournament site on www.rolltide.com. In the Tuscaloosa area, fans can tune into 90.7 FM WVUA where Chad Anderson will call all the balls and strikes.