Alabama ready to make a run after opening loss in WCWS

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (WIAT) — An opening round loss in the Women’s College World Series is a new experience for the players of this year’s Alabama Softball team.

The Crimson Tide won their opening games in 2012 and 2014, making this year’s loss a first for the players. However, Alabama Head Coach Patrick Murphy has been here before.

“I remember we lost to Michigan one year and we came back,” Murphy said. “We’ve got a pretty good history of coming back on the Saturday. Now, it’s more a matter of getting their minds right. You know, thinking that they can do this.”

Murphy says a rally through the tournament will start at the plate. Alabama was the only team to not score a run in their opening game. Murphy believes being more aggressive at the plate will help the Tide find some offense.

“You have to swing at the good pitch. There’s a fine line between really being aggressive and selective,” Murphy said. “It’s just a case of make sure it’s something in the zone that you’re looking for.”

As for pitching, Murphy says everyone is available and knows to be ready at any time.

“When we started the SEC Tournament, I told the pitchers, all three, you’re ready at the very beginning of every game. So, if I got to you in the dugout and say, ‘You ready?’, they better give me the thumbs up.”

Alabama will face Oregon Saturday at 1:30 p.m. CT, a team Alabama beat to advance to the Championship Series last season.

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