Softball Faces Tennessee in the Knoxville Super Regional

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM The Crimson Tide looks to advance to its ninth Women's College World Series.
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The Crimson Tide looks to advance to its ninth Women's College World Series.
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May 23, 2013

Knoxville Super Regional | No. 10 Alabama (45-13) at No. 7 Tennessee (47-10)
Location Knoxville, Tenn.| Sherri Parker Lee Stadium (1,649)
Date & Time Friday, May 24 at 6 p.m. CDT
Saturday, May 25 at 4 p.m. CDT
Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m. CDT (if necessary)
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Television ESPN2 (Gm 1 & 3) | ESPN (Gm 2) | Beth Mowins & Jessica Mendoza
Radio Crimson Tide Sports Network | WDGM-FM 99.1 | Chad Haynie | Listen Live 
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Series History All-Time: Alabama leads 33-18
In Knoxville: Alabama leads 12-10
Last meeting:March 10, 2013 - Alabama W, 7-1
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team (45-13) heads to Knoxville, Tenn., to face the Tennessee Lady Vols (47-10) in the NCAA Super Regional best-of-three series. The two teams will open the three-game set on Friday, May 24, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, at Sherri Lee Parker Stadium. The series opener will air on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza calling the action. Game two is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET, and will air on ESPN while the if necessary game will be shown on ESPN2 and start at 8 p.m. ET.

The Last Meeting
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March 10, 2013
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Softball Bounces Back with 7-1 Win at Tennessee
The top-ranked Alabama softball team bounced back in a big way as it downed No. 8 Tennessee, 7-1, Sunday afternoon from Lee Stadium. With the win the Crimson Tide improves to 23-3 on the season and 1-2 in Southeastern Conference play.

LAST TIME OUT
The Alabama softball team earned its ninth straight NCAA regional title and 11th overall as it swept its way through the Tuscaloosa Regional this past weekend. UA opened the tournament with a 4-0 win over Jacksonville State and then beat Western Kentucky, 7-6, on Saturday. On championship Sunday the Tide downed the Lady Toppers once again, this time by a run-rule margin of 13-1. Alabama outscored its opponents, 24-7, batted .446 and pounded four home runs while pitching at a 2.58 ERA. Senior Kayla Braud batted .727 in the tournament while freshman Andrea Hawkins was a perfect 5-for-5 with three runs and a stolen base. Sophomore pitcher Leslie Jury earned two wins, sporting a 0.70 ERA, allowing just one run in 10 innings of work.

WHO TO WATCH
Alabama senior Kayla Braud has been putting the finishing touches on her All-American career in impressive fashion as she enters the Knoxville Super Regional riding a 23-game hit streak. Braud batted .727 (8-for-11) with five runs, a RBI and two stolen bases at the Tuscaloosa Regional. Over the span of her 23-game hitting streak, the fleet-footed outfielder is batting .557 (44-for-79) with 27 runs, four doubles, nine RBI and nine stolen bases. She also enters the Super Regional round as the Alabama career leader in batting average, sporting a .438 mark, just ahead of the .437 average of all-time great Kelly Kretschman. Her .476 batting average ranks third in the country.

SCOUTING TENNESSEE
The Lady Vols enter the Knoxville Super Regional as the No. 7 national seed in the NCAA tournament and sport a 47-10 overall record. UT is coming off a regional title, sweeping its way through the Knoxville Regional this past weekend. The Lady Vols did not allow a run in the regional, outscoring their opponents, 17-0, while hitting .292. Overall on the season UT has outscored its opponents, 402-111, is hitting .337 with 62 home runs and has stolen 108 bases. In the circle the Lady Vols have a 1.82 ERA, are holding opponents to a .192 average and have struck out 381 in 366 1/3 innings. Offensively UT is led by Raven Chavanne and her .470 average. She adds seven home runs, 31 RBI and 39 stolen bases in 40 attempts. Lauren Gibson has provided the punch with 18 home runs and 66 RBI while adding a .416 average. In the circle the sister duo of Ivy and Ellen Renfroe once again pace Tennessee. Ivy is 19-4 with a 1.75 ERA, striking out 136 in 136 1/3 innings while Ellen is 17-4 with a 1.80 ERA. The younger of the two, Ellen has struck out 174 in 163 innings. Ralph and Karen Weekly are in their 12th season at Tennessee and are leading the Lady Vols to their sixth NCAA Super Regional.

SERIES HISTORY
The two Southeastern Conference rivals have met 51 times with Alabama holding a 33-18 all-time advantage. The Crimson Tide holds a slight series lead over the Lady Vols in games played in Knoxville, sporting a 12-10 advantage. The two teams met earlier this season in a three-game series in Knoxville, with Tennessee taking two of the three games. Both losses for the Tide came in one-run games (4-3, 2-1) as UA won the finale, 7-1. Freshman Andrea Hawkins led the Tide in the series with a .600 (6-for-10) average, recording two doubles and four RBI. Senior Kayla Braud batted .455 (5-for-11) with two runs while junior pitcher Jackie Traina went 1-1 with a 2.62 ERA. The last time the two met in the postseason was in the Women's College World Series last season as Alabama downed Tennessee, 5-3.

ANOTHER SUPER REGIONAL
Alabama is the only team in the country to make it to the NCAA Super Regional round since the inception of the three-game series in 2005. This weekend will mark the ninth straight for the Crimson Tide but is the first away from Rhoads Stadium since traveling to Washington in 2007. Alabama is 13-5 all-time in the Super Regional round.

ALABAMA IN NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY
The Crimson Tide earned its 15th consecutive NCAA tournament bid in 2013. In just 17 years of existence, the Alabama softball program is in the midst of its 15th NCAA tournament and has played in nine straight Super Regionals. The Tide has advanced to an NCAA Regional in every season under head coach Patrick Murphy. The Crimson Tide have a 67-29 record in NCAA tournament action (including regional (41-9), super regional (13-5) and World Series (13-15)) and have won 11 NCAA Regional titles (2000, `03, `05, `06, `07, `08, `09, `10, `11, `12 & `13), including nine in a row and six Super Regional titles (2005, '06, '08, '09, '11 & `12). This was the ninth consecutive year Alabama has been selected to host an NCAA Regional and 11th overall.

ALABAMA VERSUS THE NCAA FIELD
Alabama enters the Knoxville Super Regional with a 23-12 record against teams that made the 2013 NCAA tournament field. UA is 9-6 against tournament teams on the road. The Tide is batting .313 with 32 home runs and 41 stolen bases while outscoring its opponents, 210-128. Tide pitchers have a 3.33 ERA and have struck out 211 in 233 innings while holding opponents to a .247 batting average. Individually senior Kayla Braud leads Alabama in those games with a .488 average (60-for-123), scoring 37 runs and stealing 18 bases. Freshman Haylie McCleney closely follows with a .414 average (46-for-111) with 37 runs while adding 19 RBI and nine stolen bases. Junior Jackie Traina is 11-6 in the circle with a 3.22 ERA. She has struck out 143 in 139 1/3 innings and held opponents to a .231 average.

ALABAMA IN NCAA SUPER REGIONAL PLAY
Alabama is 13-5 all-time in NCAA regional play and is 2-2 on the road. The Crimson Tide has won its last two super regionals and four of its last five. UA has outscored its opponents, 101-49, all-time in the Super Regional round and has a .298 average with 14 home runs and 33 stolen bases. The Tide sport a 2.04 ERA and have held opponents to a .208 average. Individually senior Kayla Braud leads the team with a .423 average in eight career super regional games played. She has scored seven runs and stole six bases. In the circle, junior Jackie Traina is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA, striking out 20 in 17 2/3 innings while holding opponents to a .131 average.

RPI
In the eighth installment of the RPI, the Alabama softball team checked in at No. 5 overall, moving up one spot from last posting. Seven Tide opponents reside in the top 25, while five check in at the top 10.

FOUR NAMED TO THE NFCA ALL-REGION FIRST TEAM
The Alabama softball team had four players selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-South Region team, the organization announced. All four Crimson Tide representatives earned first team honors as senior Kayla Braud (Eugene, Ore.) juniors Kaila Hunt (Evans, Ga.) and Jackie Traina (Naples, Fla.) and freshman Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) nabbed the accolades.

ALABAMA EARNS SEVEN SEC HONORS
The Alabama softball team earned seven Southeastern Conference honors the league office announced. Senior Kayla Braud, junior Kaila Hunt and the freshmen tandem of Haylie McCleney and Andrea Hawkins were recognized by the SEC. Braud was named to the first team and the all-defensive team while Hunt earned second team accolades. McCleney was also named to the second team, all-freshmen team and all-defensive team while Hawkins garnered all-freshmen team honors.

TWO NAMED TO THE CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
The Alabama softball team had two student-athletes named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 team, the organization announced. Senior outfielder Kayla Braud (Eugene, Ore.) and junior infielder Kaila Hunt (Evans, Ga.) earned the honors for the Crimson Tide. Braud earns all-district honor for the third straight season while Hunt nabs the accolade for the second straight year.

IAMURRI NAMED TO THE SEC COMMUNITY SERVICE TEAM
Alabama junior infielder Ryan Iamurri has been a mainstay in the Tuscaloosa community, helping with numerous projects though SAAC and on her own. Iamurri has helped with the Field of Angels, which is an organization that helps disabled or mentally handicapped kids play baseball. She has also worked at the University RISE Program, volunteered in a kindergarten class, and worked with Project Angel Tree and the annual Halloween Extravaganza. Iamurri also coaches little league. She was elected the SAAC president for the next academic year.

ALABAMA IN THE SEC

 The Crimson Tide is ranked second in batting average in the SEC with a .334 mark and is also second in on base percentage (.427). UA is tied for second in runs scored (406) and also possess the second most hits (516). With 63 home runs Alabama is fourth in the SEC. The Tide leads the conference with 116 stolen bases and is fourth with 356 RBI.

INDIVIDUALLY IN THE SEC

The duo atop the Alabama lineup rank amongst the top three in the SEC in batting average. Senior Kayla Braud leads the league with a .476 average while freshman Haylie McCleney is third with a .466 average. McCleney is also third in on base percentage (.540), second in runs (67) and fourth in hits (83). Braud is third in runs (64) and also leads the league in hits (88) and is second in stolen bases (38).

ALABAMA IN THE NCAA
The Crimson Tide softball team ranks fourth in the nation in scoring with seven runs per game and is seventh in batting average with a .334 clip. Alabama is 10th in stolen bases per game with 1.98 and 14th with .776 winning percentage. Senior Kayla Braud is third in the nation with a .476 average while freshman Haylie McCleney closely follows in fifth with a .466 clip. McCleney is also sixth with 1.16 runs per game and 13th with a .540 on base percentage.

NEXT TIME OUT
The winner of the Knoxville Super Regional will earn a berth into the Women's College World Series. The WCWS will begin on Thursday, May 30, at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.