McCleney broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth, leading off the half-inning with a solo home run into the right-field stands to make it 1-0. The home run was her first in exactly one month, last hitting one on May 1 at Missouri. With two outs in the inning and Hunt at first base, Fichtner dropped a single just in front of the sliding Oregon center fielder that bounced past her. The hop allowed Hunt to score all the way from first, sliding under the tag attempt at home to make it a 2-0 ballgame.
I was able to watch a good bit of softball this weekend, thanks to a bad back that had me laid up on the couch (No, not Glen). We missed some opportunites early to put runs on the board so the 2-0 final score looks much closer than the game actually was. And that call at the plate was VERY close. Not sure what Hunt was thinking with that stand up slide, or whatever you want to call it, but she was very lucky to be called safe. All she had to do is slide head first and to the left of the bag and she would have been safe by a mile.
Florida has done its work with offense, scoring 70 runs in the NCAA Tournament and 21 in OKC. It has done work on the mound, especially when Hannah Rogers is on it, yielding just seven runs in NCAA play and just Baylor's three on this Sunday in the WCWS. And on Sunday, it did incredible work on defense, with phenomenal plays from Kathlyn Medina and Stephanie Tofft helping set the tone early.
CB will have a WCWS Final preview and a Q&A with Alligator Army up at some point today but it's not too early to scout our opponent. The Tide won a mid season series in Gainsville, 2-1, but the Gators have been playing inspired softball in the postseason. It will take two dominant performances by Traina (who I expect will likely start at least 2 of the 3 games) if she/Bama plans on shutting down a red hot UF offfense.
Kamplain earned the win, after allowing one run on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Kamplain improved to 7-3 on the season and the Tide is now 6-1 in his last seven starts. Prior to the allowing a run in the ninth, Kamplain had not allowed a run in 18.1 consecutive innings. Burrows, who allowed a run on a hit with two walks, recorded the last three outs of the game to record his 11th save of the season.
That last inning was, well, interesting to say the least. I was hoping for the 6-0 shutout of FSU just for the..
But don't worry cause FSU fans here in Tally are still
Alabama baseball playing for regional title │Tuscaloosa News
Alabama’s four starting pitchers this weekend – Spencer Turnbull, Justin Kamplain, Bramblett and Guilbeau – have combined to throw 32 1/3 innings and allow only three earned runs (0.84 ERA).
“To be honest, my arm was dead, I couldn’t really feel my arm but I didn’t care, I was just worried about getting the win for my boys, and that’s what I did,” Guilbeau said. “The last couple innings I was just worried about filling the strike zone up.”
It was a shame only the FSU/BAMA game was televised because I would have loved to see Bramblett and Guilbeau in action on Sunday. Roger may disagree, but given the relative inexpeirence in those type of games from the true freshman (Bramblett) and the junior Guilbeau (who hadn't made a start all season), it's not a stretch to say those were maybe the finest single day pitching performances by two Alabama starters.....ever?
In Tallahassee (Fla.), second-seeded Alabama takes on third-seeded Kennesaw State at 11 a.m. The winner gets Louisville in the Super Regionals.
There has been a lot of questions regarding where Alabama will play next if they win this afteroon and that question has been answered. The Tide will make the trip to L-ville to take on the Fighting Bobby's.
The seats go on sale at 8 a.m. for non-conference games with Florida Atlantic (Sept. 6), Southern Miss (Sept. 13) and the homecoming game with Western Carolina (Nov. 22). A UA news release says a "limited amount of tickets" are available for each game since the opponents returned a portion of their allotments. Tickets cost $55 apiece and can be purchased on the official Alabama website, RollTide.com.
You can pre-order your ticket starting today for $55 or get em for free just minutes before kick-off. Your call.
The conference's football information directors voted this way: 1. Alabama. 2. Auburn. Alabama also was the overall favorite to win the league. Auburn was second. At least these voters recognized the two teams that should be the best in the league again for the second straight year.
If you can somehow ignore the horribly written article by Scarbinsky here and set aside your hate for Auburn, you may see he has a point. Alabama hasn't had this many question marks surrounding the TEAM since......? 2007? The QB position alone should put Bama at #2 in the West.
I know this isn't a popular opinon but i've been saying this for a while— you have to give Auburn some credit and put them as the favorite to win the SEC. They may have to replace a LT, RB and star defensive end (among others) but Alabama has to replace two offensive lineman, their senior corner, two first round draft picks at safety and linebacker, two defensive lineman and oh, our three year starter at quarterback.
I get it, regardless of what Alabama loses in the off-season, we are still perhaps the most talented team in the country. But placing Alabama as the odds on favorite to win the West, let alone the SEC, is not only going full gump... it's actually quite silly.