Eight-seed Alabama hosts NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional this weekend at Rhoads Stadium

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Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Alabama Athletics) – Rhoads Stadium

Friday, May 17

  • Lipscomb (41-13-1) vs. Arizona State (33-18) – 3 p.m. CT
  • Alabama State (24-23) vs. Alabama (52-7) – 5:30 p.m. CT *ESPNU*

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner – 1 p.m. CT
  • Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser – 3:30 p.m. CT
  • Game 4 Winner vs. Game 3 Loser – 6 p.m. CT

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner – 1 p.m. CT
  • *If Necessary* Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser – 3:30 p.m. CT

SCOUTING ALABAMA

  • Alabama is 52-7 entering this week’s NCAA Regional round, having earned its sixth SEC regular-season title before finishing runner-up at the SEC Tournament
  • This year marks the Crimson Tide’s 21st-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and its 15th-straight as a top-16 national seed, earning a No. 8 spot this season
  • Alabama is No. 4 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball top-25 polls, No. 5 in the USA Today/NFCA rankings and No. 8 in the RPI
  • The Tide placed a program-best six athletes on the NFCA All-Region team, its highest total since 2012 and tied for the most in program history
  • In addition to five All-SEC accolades, two Freshman All-SEC and two SEC All-Defensive honors, junior Sarah Cornell was named the league’s Pitcher of the Year, Montana Fouts the Freshman of the Year and Patrick Murphy the Coach of the Year

ALABAMA IN REGIONAL PLAY

  • Alabama has made 21-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, a streak that started in head coach Patrick Murphy’s first season at the helm in 1999
  • The Tide has hosted a regional every year since 2005 and has won 14-straight, the longest active streak in D1 softball
  • Alabama is 56-9 (.862) in regional play, including a 49-3 (.942) mark at home
  • The Tide has not lost a game in the regional round since the opening game of the 2007 weekend, a streak of 37-straight
  • Only seven other D1 softball teams besides Alabama own an active NCAA Tournament appearance streak of at least 21 years: Arizona (33), Oklahoma (26), Washington (26), Michigan (24), UCLA (21), Louisiana (21) and Notre Dame (21)

ALL-TIME VS. THE OPPONENTS

Overall vs. Arizona State: Alabama leads 6-4

·       In Tuscaloosa: 1-0 | In Tempe: 2-0 | At Neutral Sites: 3-4

·       Current Streak: Alabama +2

·       Last Meeting: June 1, 2012 – Oklahoma City – W, 2-1 *WCWS*

·       Last Meeting in Tuscaloosa: May 21, 2005 – W, 3-1 *NCAA Regional*

Overall vs. Lipscomb: Alabama leads 7-1

·       In Tuscaloosa: 5-0 | In Nashville: 0-1 | At Neutral Sites: 2-0

·       Current Streak: Alabama +5

·       Last Meeting: April 5, 2017 – Florence, Ala. – W, 5-0

·       Last Meeting in Tuscaloosa: Feb. 22, 2015 – W, 6-1

Overall vs. Alabama State: Alabama leads 1-0

·       In Tuscaloosa: 1-0 | In Montgomery: 0-0 | At Neutral Sites: 0-0

·       Current Streak: Alabama +1

  • Last Meeting: March 17, 2004 – Tuscaloosa, Ala. – W, 10-0 (5)

LAST TIME OUT: ALABAMA WINS TWO IN SEC TOURNAMENT, FALLS IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

  • Alabama defeated Georgia and Kentucky in the 2019 SEC Softball Tournament in College Station, Texas before falling to Florida in the championship game
  • It was the Crimson Tide’s eighth appearance in the SEC Tournament championship game and its first since 2012
  • A solo home run from freshman Skylar Wallace in the bottom of the eighth gave Alabama the walk-off win over Georgia in the opening game, the fourth walk-off win this year for the Tide and its second against the Bulldogs
  • Wallace was one of three Tide players to earn SEC All-Tournament honors, joined by sophomore KB Sides and freshman Montana Fouts

ALABAMA PLACES PROGRAM-BEST SIX ON NFCA ALL-REGION TEAM

  • The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its 2019 Division-I All-Region honorees Thursday and Alabama placed a program-best six across the South Region’s three teams
  • Freshman Montana Fouts, junior Sarah Cornell and sophomore Kaylee Tow earned First Team All-Region distinction, with junior Elissa Brown and sophomore Bailey Hemphill earning second team honors and freshman Skylar Wallace placing on the third team
  • The six honorees are the most for the Crimson Tide since 2012, and tied for the program’s largest total in a single season
  • Alabama has placed at least two on the list every year since its inaugural 1997 season and has earned a total of 101 awards in 23 years
  • The honor is the first for Fouts and Wallace and the second for Tow, Brown and Hemphill. Cornell previously earned First Team All-Northeast Region in 2017 and 2018 at Hofstra

ALABAMA RAKES IN POSTSEASON SEC AWARDS

  • In addition to five All-SEC accolades, two Freshman All-SEC and two SEC All-Defensive honors, junior Sarah Cornell was named the Pitcher of the Year, Montana Fouts was Freshman of the Year and Patrick Murphy was Coach of the Year
  • Cornell’s Pitcher of the Year award is the sixth in UA history, the first since Jaclyn Traina in 2014
  • Fouts is the Tide’s ninth Freshman of the Year and the first since Alexis Osorio in 2015
  • This year marks UA head coach Patrick Murphy’s fifth Coach of the Year award, previously winning in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014
  • Cornell and Fouts also claimed First Team All-SEC honors alongside junior Bailey Hemphill, who won second-team accolades last season
  • Sophomore Maddie Morgan and junior Elissa Brown represented the Crimson Tide on the SEC’s second team, the first career honor for Morgan and second for Brown
  • This year’s slate brings Alabama’s total to 102 All-SEC honorees, and its five this season are the most since placing eight on the list in 2012
  • Fouts and fellow freshman Skylar Wallace were selected to the Freshman All-SEC team and Cornell and Brown also earned spots on the SEC All-Defensive team
  • Alabama has had at least one player on the SEC All-Freshman list every year since 2015 and has totaled 22

ALABAMA AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS

  • The Tide leads the SEC and ranks fifth nationally with 132 stolen bases
  • Alabama paces the conference and is ninth in the country with 75 home runs over 59 games, averaging 1.27 per contest
  • The Tide is first in the SEC and eighth nationally with 369 runs scored
  • Alabama’s 52 wins is the most in the nation, with Florida State (51) and Louisiana (50) as the only other 50-win teams
  • Junior Bailey Hemphill is third on the NCAA leaderboards with 22 home runs and fourth with 69 RBIs
  • Sophomore Kaylee Tow is third in NCAA D1 softball with 61 walks
  • Junior Elissa Brown’s 42 stolen bases is fifth nationally and only three behind LSU’s Aliyah Andrews for the SEC lead
  • Freshman Montana Fouts leads the SEC and is eighth among all Division-I pitchers with a 1.07 ERA, while junior Krystal Goodman is right behind her at ninth (1.10). Oklahoma and UCLA are the only other schools with more than one pitcher ranked in the top-20

HOME SWEET HOME

  • Alabama is 23-3 at home this season, sporting its highest home winning percentage (.885) since 2014 when the Tide went 28-3 (.903)
  • Tide hitters have outscored the opponents 149-63 this season at Rhoads Stadium
  • 32 of the team’s 75 home runs have come at Rhoads Stadium, paced by 10 from junior Bailey Hemphill
  • Tide pitching owns a 1.88 ERA this season at home, holding the opponent to two or fewer runs in 18 of the 26 games played

HEMPHILL REACHED BASE STREAK AMONG ALABAMA’S BEST

Bailey Hemphill has reached base safely in 31-straight games, which stands as one of the longest streaks in program history:

Longest Reached Base Streaks at Alabama

  1. Kelly Kretschman – 1998 – 49
  2. Jordan Praytor – 2006 – 35
  3. Haylie McCleney – 2016 – 34
  4. Kayla Braud – 2011 – 33
  5. Jackie McClain – 2004 – 31
  6. Bailey Hemphill – 2019 – 31

TIDE PLACES THREE ON ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM

  • Senior Reagan Dykes, junior Bailey Hemphill and sophomore Kaylee Tow earned 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District distinction
  • The CoSIDA Academic All-District distinction is the second-straight for Hemphill and the first for Dykes and Tow
  • The slate increases Alabama’s all-time total to 48 accolades, including multiple honorees in each of the last four seasons
  • With their selection, the trio advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America voting

REAGAN DYKES MATCHES UA CAUGHT STEALING RECORD

  • With two runners caught stealing over the Kentucky series, Reagan Dykes is now tied with Kendall Dawson (2009-12) for the career school record at 44
  • Dykes’ 16 runners caught stealing last year was one off the single-season school record of 17 set by Dawson in 2011
  • Dykes, Dawson and Lacy Prejean (2000-03) are the only three catchers in school history with at least 16 runners caught stealing in a season

HEMPHILL SLUGGING TOWARDS UA SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS

  • Bailey Hemphill’s 22 home runs is tied for 2nd all-time at Alabama, matching Kaila Hunt’s total from her 2012 sophomore season
  • Kelly Kretschman holds the UA and SEC single-season record at 25, which has stood since 1998
  • Hemphill’s 69 RBIs is tied for 5th all-time at UA, the most since Marisa Runyon set the single-season record in 2015 with 80
  • Only three Tide players have surpassed 70 RBIs in a season: Marisa Runyon (80 – 2015), Kaila Hunt (77 – 2012) and Charlotte Morgan twice (79 – 2008, 74 – 2010)

ELISSA BROWN PASSES 100 CAREER STOLEN BASES

  • In the first inning of game three against Kentucky on April 28, junior Elissa Brown stole her 100th career base, becoming the seventh player in program history to do so and the first since Haylie McCleney (2013-16)
  • Of the six to reach the milestone before her, Brittany Rogers (2006-09), Kayla Braud (2010-13) and Kelly Kretschman (1998-01) were the only ones to reach 100 stolen bases before the end of their junior season
  • She now has 103 stolen bases, good for sixth on the UA career record list and 15 shy of Haylie McCleney’s (2013-16) fifth-place total
  • So far this season, Brown is 42-for-46 in stolen bases

TOW WALKING UP THE LEADERBOARDS

  • Sophomore Kaylee Tow is the third nationally with 61 walks, putting her within reach of the UA and SEC single-season records
  • Her 61 walks is currently tied with Haylie McCleney (2015) for second and is five away from Cassie Reilly-Boccia’s (2010) record of 66
  • Reilly-Boccia’s mark is the fifth-highest in SEC single-season history, with Arkansas’ Devon Wallace (2013) leading the way with 79
  • Three of the top-five marks in SEC history have come in the last four years, including Auburn’s Kasey Cooper (71 – 2016), Florida’s Amanda Lorenz (70 – 2018) and Florida’s Kayli Kvistad (67 – 2017)

SOFTBALL HEADS INTO NCAA TOURNAMENT WITH TOP-FIVE RANKING IN PENULTIMATE NATIONAL POLLS (MAY 14)

  • In the second-to-last national polls of the 2019 season, Alabama softball is ranked No. 4 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball top-25 and No. 5 on the USA Today/NFCA list
  • The Crimson Tide, who earned a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, is ranked in the top five in both polls for the third-straight week
  • Alabama, the SEC regular-season champion, is the highest-ranked league team in both polls, joined in the top 10 by Florida (8/7) and LSU (10/13)
  • In total, 10 SEC programs are represented in both top-25 polls with Mississippi State and Missouri receiving votes in the USA Softball poll

MONTANA FOUTS TOP-10 FINALIST FOR SCHUTT SPORTS/NFCA FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

  • After being selected to the initial top-25 list earlier this season, Fouts made the most-recent cut to 10 finalists for the award
  • She is one of five pitchers on the list and one of just two athletes from the Southeastern Conference, joined by Tennessee pitcher Ashley Rogers
  • The list will be further trimmed to three finalists on May 21, with the winner announced during the Women’s College World Series banquet in Oklahoma City on May 28

UP NEXT

The winner of the Tuscaloosa Regional will advance to the Super Regional round, matching up against the winner of the Austin Regional featuring No. 9-seed Texas, Texas A&M, Houston and Sam Houston State.

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