For the 108th straight time, the Alabama gymnastics team beat Auburn, this time with a final score of 197.500-197.100.
"Coach told us before the meet started that it would probably come down to the last routine, so we expected it, going in," senior Sarah DeMeo said. "We're going to give it our all. That's what we did. Each event, we built on it and that's what helped us."
Coach Patterson said after the meet, "The performance was better. I thought we were better on bars, our routines were. I'm not talking scores, I'm talking performance. All the things that we worked on this past week in the gym, the ladies did it."
It was somewhat of a bitter sweet victory as Auburn's Bri Guy fell during her floor routine, all but securing a Tide victory.
"Honestly, I think if Bri stays on her feet we score a program high and we force Alabama to probably have their best meet of the year so far," Auburn coach Jeff Graba said. "What it says to me is that we're a quality team that is pushing a top 5 program, so, yeah, No. 12 didn't get No. 5 tonight but I think we proved we're better than No. 12."
Up next for Alabama is a quad meet with Oklahoma, Michigan and West Virginia next week in Oklahoma City.
The softball team headed west to the Hillenbrand Invitational and walked away Friday night with two blowout wins, 13-5 against Grand Canyon in the first game and a 12-0 shutout against Tennessee State in the night game.
Head Coach Patrick Murphy had this to say after the games, "The offense was really good today. We weren't that happy with our power numbers last year and we worked on some things in the fall to improve them and it's really showed so far this season."
The team responded to Coach Murphy's pleas for more power hitting going a combined 25-5 in both games and hitting four home runs in the game against Grand Canyon.
Alabama continues action at the Hillenbrand Invitational tomorrow with a double hiter. First, New Mexico at 2 p.m. CT and then No. 24 Arizona at 7 p.m. CT.
The 'Bama baseball team certainly had a more frustrating experience Friday night. After taking an early 1-0 lead, a two hour rain delay threw off the teams rythym and St. Louis ended up winning the game 2-1.
"We came out after the rain delay and it seemed like we came out a little dead," junior Ben Moore said. "They jumped on us in the top of the fourth inning, and they took all the momentum and we never really got it back.
"A lot of credit to Saint Louis. We said there a good team, there's a reason why they won 41 games last year, they returned the whole team. They certainly played very well tonight, so obviously we got to regroup and correct some of the mistakes we made and kind of move on from there." Coach Gaspard after the game.
Probably the more frustrating point of the night was Coach Gaspard having to pull starting right-hander Spencer Turnbull after a promising start.
"I felt really good, especially in that third inning I thought I was really starting to get a better tempo on the mound. Faster tempo really works better for me. I was really feeling a groove in that third inning."
Luckily, Alabama will have an opportunity for revenge today at 2:05 p.m. If you live anywhere near Tuscaloosa, take this opportunity and catch the Tide in action. The weather forecast calls for clear skies and a high of 49.
Track and Field
The University of Alabama track and field team notched a pair of event wins and set 11 personal bests at the Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas on Friday.
"We competed with tremendous focus today," said Alabama head coach Dan Waters. "We are becoming technically sound with each meet, and we are advancing several to the NCAA national championship meet. Hopefully, we can carry the energy and focus we had today into tomorrow's events."
Freshman Quanesha Burks led off the day with a win in the collegiate division long jump. Burks' mark of 6.25 meters (20 feet, 6.25 inches) ranks second in school history and lands in the top 20 nationally. Later Friday evening, senior Alexis Paine earned a victory in the invitational women's pole vault with a mark of 4.20 (13-9.25). Paine has now won the pole vault in three consecutive meets.
Alabama returns to the Randal Tyson Track Center Saturday for the final day of the Tyson Invitational. Events slated for Saturday include the triple jump, the shot put, the 200-meter dash and the 4x400 relays.