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Saturday, May 17

Alabama Wins 4-1, Advances To Super Regional (9:30 p.m.) - Behind a school-record back-to-back-to-back home runs and a complete game from Kelsi Dunne, Alabama downed Jacksonville State 4-1 tonight to advance to next weekend's NCAA Super Regional, here at the Alabama softball complex. The Tide will face the winner of Missouri and Iowa for the right to advance to the eight-team College World Series.

Tide Goes Back-to-Back-to-Back (8:52 p.m.) - After a Lauren Parker home run to give Alabama a 2-1 lead, the Crimson Tide's Ashley Holcombe sent an Ashley Eliasson pitch off the video screen to extend Alabama's lead to 3-1. Whitney Larsen then followed with another shot off the scoreboard to give Alabama a 4-1 lead. The three home runs chased Eliasson from the game. It is the first back-to-back-to-back in school history.

Parker Connects (8:45 p.m.) - Lauren Parker just sent her first hit since returning from an injury over the right field wall with a runner on first to give Alabama a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Parker was 0-for-16 before the home run.

Dunne Passes Laird On Strikeout List (8:40 p.m.) - With her sixth strikeout on the night, Alabama pitcher Kelsi Dunne passed former Tide pitcher Shelly Laird for fifth place on the single-season strikeout list, with 243. Dunne then got strikeouts number 244 and 245 to end the inning around a Kayla Collins solo home run. Going to the bottom of the fifth, JSU leads Alabama 1-0.

Dunne Settling In (8:23 p.m.) - Alabama pitcher Kelsi Dunne has settled in through four innings, allowing just two hits while recording five strikeouts in consecutive 1-2-3 innings. JSU's Ashley Eliasson has only allowed one hit through three.

JSU Avoids Another Threat (8:19 p.m.) -
Alabama and Jacksonville State are still scoreless in the top of the fourth, but JSU may have avoided a bullet when Alabama speedster Brittany Rogers walked, then stole second and advanced to third on the pickoff attempt, but was called out for leaving the base too early. The out was the third of the inning and left senior Jordan Praytor at the plate.

JSU Getting Defensive (8:06 p.m.) - No score through 2 here in Tuscaloosa, with Alabama and Jacksonville State each going in order in the second inning. The Gamecocks made two impressive defensive plays in the second, the first coming on a long throw from shortstop Mary Beth Ledbetter to an outstretched Nikki Prier at first. JSU pitcher Ashley Eliasson then ended the inning spearing a liner off the bat of Alabama's Lauren Parker just inches from her head.

Tide, Gamecocks Each Strand One (7:49 p.m.) - Both Alabama and Jacksonville State got a runner into scoring position in the first inning, but neither was able to advance past second base as the Tide's Kelsi Dunne ended the threat with her 238th strikeout of the year, and JSU's Ashley Eliasson got three outs on the ground. Brittany Rogers, batting .446 on the year for Alabama, reached base on her 88th hit of the season.

Television (7:15 p.m.) - The game will be televised on ESPN2, with Eric Collins and Cheri Kempf calling the match up. Both teams are playing for the right to advance to the NCAA Super Regional, with Alabama holding the statistical advantage against the Gamecocks: the Tide is 8-0 against Jacksonville State and 6-0 in second round winner's bracket games in NCAA Regional play.

Weather Update (7:10 p.m.) - The weather is cool and overcast for a May 17 game, with the game-time temperature right at about 71 degrees.

Stadium filling up (7:00 p.m.) - About half an hour until the first pitch of tonight's championship game between Alabama and Jacksonville State and the Alabama softball stadium is filling up quickly.

Fans, Fans, Fans (6:20 p.m.) - Fans are making their way to the stadium with tailgating in full bloom. The game is just over an hour away.

Beautiful Weather (1:10 p.m.) - The championship game starts in six-plus hours, but the weather right now at the Alabama Softball Stadium as the ESPN2 crews setup for tonight's Alabama-Jacksonville State matchup is amazing.

Friday, May 16

Jacksonville State Advances (10:02 p.m.) - JSU uses a huge fourth inning (seven runs) and a two-run solo shot in the bottom of the fifth to run rule Florida State, 10-1 and advance to Saturday's championship game. They take on Alabama at 7:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised on ESPN2.

The Tournament's Second Elimination Game is Underway (8:07 p.m.) - Jacksonville State and FSU are battling to advance to the championship day where the winner will face Alabama.

FSU Runs Up Three (7:23 p.m.) - UTC ties it up in the bottom of the seventh and the FSU answers with three runs in the top of the eighth to retake the lead. UTC scores on a solo home run to pull within two, but gets no closer and FSU advances to today's third game, taking on Jacksonville State.

Two Run Shot (7:15 p.m.) - With a runner on first, UTC hit a two-run shot that hit the top of the centerfield fence and dropped over, tying the game at 2-2 and pushing it into extra innings.

Bottom of the Seventh (7:04 p.m.) - FSU is clinging to a 2-0 lead with UTC battling to stay alive in the game and the regional.

Game 4 On the Go (5:07 p.m.) - Florida State and UT Chattanooga are underway with the winner playing again and the loser heading home.

Game Over (4:19 p.m.) - Alabama wins in five innings 10-1 after invoking the run rule.

Touching Them All (3:45 p.m.) - Alabama speedster Brittany Rogers scored an inside the park homerun. It was her first homerun of the season and came after three triples in yesterday's game against UT Chattanooga. It was her fifth homerun of her career, three of which have been inside the park.

Another Ball Long and Gone (3:33 p.m.) - Alabama Kelley Montalvo hit her second homer of the regional in the top of the third inning, another solo shot.

Bats Heating Up Some More (3:06 p.m.) - The NCAA Softball Tuscaloosa Regional had seen three solo homeruns before Alabama's Ashley Holcombe snapped a 0-17 slump with a three run homer in the top of the second inning of today's first game.

Cool Weather Not Effecting Bats (2:51 p.m.) - Charlotte Morgan hit a solo homerun for Alabama in the top of the first inning and JSU's Rachel Flemming answered with a solo shot of her own in the bottom of the first.

Game 3 is Just Minutes Away (2:17 p.m.) - Alabama and Jacksonville State are set to square off in a few minutes. The weather is cool but clear with the temp dipping to 66 degrees just before first pitch. So bring a sweater, jacket or sweatshirt and cheer on your favorite team.

Thursday, May 15

Game 2 is in the Books (9:57 p.m.) - Alabama scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to trigger the run rule.

Touch 'em All (8:41 p.m.) - Alabama junior Kelley Montalvo hit the first home run of the Tuscaloosa Regional when she sent one over the fence in the bottom of the third.

Record Setting (8:40 p.m.) - Alabama has already set a couple of records. Ashley Holcombe ended a Chattanooga threat in the first inning by picking UTC’s Tara Tembey at second base. It was Holcombe’s sixth pick off of the 2008 season, which set the Alabama single-season record. Charlotte Morgan set the Alabama single-season school record for RBI with her 70th on a third-inning sacrifice fly to center field. She passed Ginger Jones, who had 69 RBI during the 200 season.

Game 2 Begins ( 7:54 p.m.) - And they're off! After a very wet morning that had everyone questioning if any games would be played, the second game is being played in gorgeous conditions.

Jacksonville State Wins (7:23 p.m.) - Jacksonville State wins 4-3 in seven innings.

Pulling Ahead (6:42 p.m.) - Jacksonville scored another run in the top of the fifth to take its first lead since the first inning, going up 4-3.

Back to Even (6:33 p.m.) - Jacksonville State drove in a run to tie the game 3-3 in the top of the fifth inning, marking the first tie since the first inning.

Ouch x 2 (5:34 p.m.) - FSU had back-to-back batters hit by a pitch, with the first one loading the bases and the second pushing a run across.

Tied Up (5:32 p.m.) - Jacksonville jumped to a first-inning one-run lead but FSU answered with a run of its own to tie things up.

Game On (5:29 p.m.) - Game one is well underway and the sun is doing its best to shine through.

Go Speed Racer (4:14 p.m.) - The Tuscaloosa News did a special "Game Day" section for the regional which featured Alabama's Brittany Rogers on its cover. Here's a link to the story that goes with the "Game Day".

Rain, Rain - It seems to have gone away (4:05 p.m.) - The rain that fell steadily from the wee hours of the morning until lunch time seems to have given us a break. Due to the rain, today's schedule is backed up one hour, with game one going off at 5 p.m. and the second game slated for a 7:30 p.m. start.

 

     
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