Softball Hosts Fall Brawl I Doubleheader Sunday

Oct. 11, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama softball team begins its fall season Sunday at 1 p.m. at Rhoads Stadium with the first of three Fall Brawl double headers.

The Tide will host six games across three Sundays starting with Fall Brawl I against Northwest Florida State College. The Fall Brawl series gives the Tide a chance to look at different lineups and to gauge where the competition at different positions stand.

The Last Meeting
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October 26, 2008
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Softball Concludes Fall Play with Two More Wins
The Alabama softball team concluded its fall exhibition play with two more wins Sunday afternoon at the UA Softball Complex. The Crimson Tide opened play with a 15-0 victory over Chattanooga State and then defeated Wallace State 8-0 to finish its fall slate a perfect 6-0.

"Every lineup will be totally different." UA head coach Patrick Murphy said. "I will have a new lead-off hitter, a new clean-up and a new nine-hole hitter in every game. Secondly we are looking for a shortstop/second base combination as well as pitcher/catcher combinations."

Alabama enters the new season after compiling a 45-15 record last year. The Tide returns 14 players, including All-Americans Kaila Hunt, Jackie Traina and Haylie McCleney.

"We have really good leadership from our five seniors." Murphy said. "There are a few girls that really stand out to me early including Haylie McCleney, Leona Lafaele, Jackie Traina and Leslie Jury."

Traina posted a 19-8 record with a 2.49 ERA and added 13 home runs and 45 RBI. McCleney, in her freshman season, led the team with 68 runs, 120 total bases and a .538 on base percentage.

Alabama also welcomes four new faces to the squad - Chandler Dare, Peyton Grantham, Sydney Littlejohn and Marissa Runyon.

The Northwest Florida State College Raiders finished last season with a 39-14 regular season record and went 10-6 in the Panhandle Conference.

Alabama will return to the field for Fall Brawl II when it hosts the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders, including former Alabama great Kelly Montavo, now an MTSU assistant, on Sunday, Oct. 20. The Tide and Blue Raiders will compete in a twin-bill with the first game set for 1 p.m.

Admission is $5 at the stadium.

Fall Brawl I (Northwest Florida State College) Sunday, October 13 1:00 PM Alabama vs. Northwest Florida State College 3:00 PM Alabama vs. Northwest Florida State College

Fall Brawl II (Middle Tennessee State) Sunday, October 20 1:00 PM Alabama vs. Middle Tennessee State 3:00 PM Alabama vs. Middle Tennessee State

Fall Brawl III (West Alabama) Sunday, October 27 1:00 PM Alabama vs. West Alabama 3:00 PM Alabama vs. West Alabama