Alabama Softball Starts Out Strong

Danae Hays Goes Yard - Alabama Athletic Communications

Softball threw out the first pitch this past weekend as #6 Bama participated in the Troy Subway Invitational in Troy, Alabama. The Crimson Tide ran roughshod through the competition outscoring their opponents 48-3 running their record to 5-0 on the young season.

It was a good warm-up but don't get too excited just yet. The opponents were not of the highest of caliber:

Kennesaw State 6-0 - Leslie "Judge And" Jury pitched a 7 innings, 2-hit shutout with 9 Ks.
North Florida 10-1 (5 innings) - Kallie "On The" Case went 2 for 3 with a double, stolen base, 2 runs, and 2 RBI.
Northwestern State 16-0 (5 innings) - Jury with another 2-hit shutout; 6 Ks. 9 multi-base hits by the Tide.
Middle Tennessee State 9-1 (6 innings) - True Freshman Sydney Littlejohn had her first pitching start going the distance in the win.
Troy 7-1 - All-American Jackie "A-Train" Traina strikes out 14 while giving up 1 walk, 3 hits, and an unearned run.

Haylie "The Comet" McCleney has picked up right where she left off from her All-American freshman campaign a season ago getting 8 hits (.571 BA), 8 runs scored, 8 RBI, and 5 stolen bases over the weekend.

Junior shortstop Danae "Willie Mays" Hays is off to a hot start hitting home runs in each of the first two games including a grand slam against Kennesaw State. She wrapped the weekend with her third four-bagger on Sunday against Troy.

True freshman Peyton "Lady" Grantham has shown she belongs getting 5 hits in her first 7 at bats.

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Next weekend, things get a little more "real" as the Tide travels to Tucson, Arizona for the Hillenbrand Invitational. Friday's games should not be a problem but Saturday's game against the Arizona Wildcats (2-0) will be a test.

02/14/14 vs. Grand Canyon Tucson, Ariz. 2:00 p.m. CT
vs. Tennessee State Tucson, Ariz. 9:00 p.m. CT
02/15/14 at Arizona Tucson, Ariz. 7:00 p.m. CT
vs. Georgia Tech Tucson, Ariz. 9:00 p.m. CT
02/16/14 vs. New Mexico Tucson, Ariz. 12:00 p.m. CT

EDITORIAL: I am not crazy about the light early scheduling that Coach Patrick Murphy has put together this year, same as last. In 2013, the Tide loaded up on more cupcakes than Rosie O’Donnell at a penny bake sale and I think it cost them down the stretch. The schedule was a little tougher in the 2011-2012 championship season and the final result spoke for itself. The first ranked team Bama will face will be #15 Florida State on March 1st.

The Tide returns to Tuscaloosa on February 21 for their home opener against Virginia Tech (4pm CT) and UCF (6pm CT) in the Annual Easton Bama Bash.

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