May 31, 2008
Hello again from OKC,
I'm sure by now you've heard we lost our opening game to Arizona State 3-1 in a heart-breaking seventh inning that included a tough call by the home plate umpire. Kelsi Dunne pitched a phenomenal game and held a potent Sun Devil lineup to only four hits. Charlotte Morgan came through as she had all year long to score me from first base. Scoring that run was an unbelievable feeling, and I had no doubt in my mind that it wouldn't hold up with our great pitching and defense. Sometimes you just don't get the breaks to go your way - that's life and that's softball. But now the odds are in our favor, and we get to play more games in the Bama uniform. Last night we were certainly disappointed but we are ready to move on and to play a great Arizona team tomorrow.
Today, we were given the day off and we used it to our advantage, practicing this morning at the softball complex. Coach Murphy pitched to us several rounds each before we ended practice with a few team bonding games. We split up into two groups and designated one player from each team to be the "eyes" for the team. Both Charlotte Morgan and Cat Dozier were chosen and the rest of the team was blind folded and tied together with a rope. As a unit, we had to navigate around "land mines" that were being placed by the coaches. Charlotte did a great job guiding our team and we cruised our way to victory. It really helped to loosen us up after the tough loss last night, and we certainly could apply the land mine theory to our current situation. There will always be unforeseen obstacles in our way, but we just need to find a way around them as a team.
After practice we spent time talking with former MLB All-Star and current ESPN analyst John Kruk. He had just finished hitting off former Olympian Michelle Smith, or as he called it "swinging". To give him credit, he hasn't swung a bat in quite awhile and softball pitching is vastly different than baseball pitching. Hopefully we'll make an Alabama fan out of him before we leave.
We were given the afternoon off to spend with family and friends. If you watched the game last night you could see how many fans traveled here to watch us. We have been blessed to have such great fans and family members. I watched the Texas A&M and Louisiana-Lafayette game because we will play the loser - Lafayette - with a win in our first game Saturday. Don't mistake my confidence for cockiness, but we have simply worked too hard all year long to be two and out. Our games tomorrow will be at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. on ESPN, so everyone tune in.
So until tomorrow after we have finished our two games, ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!