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Alabama Softball: Home Sweet Rhoads

The Crimson Tide holds their home opener after two weeks in Florida.

Bailey Hemphill’s final home opener.

It’s been rough and rocky traveling,
But I’m finally standing upright on the ground.

Willie Nelson “Me and Paul”

After a pair of weekend tournaments in Florida cities, the Crimson Tide finally makes their home debut in the refurbished Rhoads Stadium as host of the annual Easton Bama Bash. Alabama stands at 4-5 on the young season with hopes of getting over .500 this weekend.

Feb 21 (Fri) 4 p.m. CT vs Wichita State W
Feb 21 (Fri) 6 p.m. CT vs Penn State W
Feb 22 (Sat) 1:30 p.m. CT vs Louisville W
Feb 22 (Sat) 4 p.m. CT vs Penn State W
Feb 23 (Sun) 1:30 p.m. CT vs Louisville

All games should be available on SECN+. If you don’t have access, @RagersRhoads is a good Twitter follow.

  • Wichita (5-6) was 32-24 last season but unrelenting rain caused the cancellation of the American Athletic Conference tournament and they did not qualify for the post-season. So far, the Shockers are led by junior Neleigh Herring who is hitting .432 with four dingers and 15 RBI in 11 games. Senior catcher Madison “Butters” Perrigan is at .382-2-10 on the young season.
  • Penn State (5-5) has not had a winning season since 2016. They are a year removed from a 24-32 season with a 7-16 B1G record. The Nittany Lions lean heavily on lefty Bailey Parshall (2-0) in the circle. She has 42 strikeouts to only 7 walks. PSU averages 3.5 runs scored per game and own an anemic team batting average of .238 through ten games.
  • Louisville (2-7) defeated Ole Miss to open the 2020 season but it has been all downhill from there. After losing two of their top three hitters and their top three pitchers from a year ago, the Cards do not resemble the team that was a few innings away from a Super Regional. Taylor Roby is hitting .292 with 4 HR and 8 RBI and is also their number one pitcher (2-3, 1.91 ERA).
  • Elissa Brown could be the softball’s version of Herb Jones. Despite a broken hand bone that is on the mends, Brown could make an appearance or two as a pinch-runner. Murphy did not rule out the possibility of her taking an at bat, noting that she could bunt or slap.

With over 2,900 season tickets sold, Rhoads should be rocking all weekend.

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