Alabama overcame a couple of early mistakes, battling back like it always has to secure an appearance in the Women’s College World Series for the fourth time in five years. The Tide beat the Michigan Wolverines 4-3 in front of 2,557 fans at Rhoads Stadium to complete the three-game series sweep in the Super Regionals.
“I am so proud of my team,” Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. “The six seniors have been incredible for their four years. I couldn’t ask for anybody better on my team and to represent the University of Alabama.”
It took a resilient effort from the Crimson Tide to come through. In the first inning, SEC Pitcher of the Year Jackie Traina gave up a solo home run to put Michigan on the board first. Then, the defense behind Traina made some critical errors.
We’re about 45 minutes away from first pitch between Alabama and Michigan in Game Two of their Super Regional series. Alabama won game one last night, meaning a win today would clinch a berth in the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30, and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
If Michigan wins Game Two, the decisive Game Three would be later today at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
Jackie Traina will be pitching again for Alabama. She pitched a great game yesterday, and it’s obvious head coach Patrick Murphy doesn’t want to play a third game.
One expert observation as the fans start to file in to Rhoads Stadium: it is hot. Weather.com is showing a current temperature of 90 degrees and says it will get up to 92 around 5 this afternoon.
You would think that the hot weather would be in Alabama’s favor today, as the Wolverines aren’t used to playing in conditions like this.
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Rhoads Stadium is packed for this one, still with about fifteen minutes to go until first pitch. Alabama is hosting Michigan for Game 1 of the Tuscaloosa Super Regional. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. and the game can be viewed on ESPN2.
It will be a heavyweight pitching matchup tonight as Alabama right-hander Jackie Traina (35-2, 1.68 ERA) goes up against left-hander Haylie Wagner (32-5, 1.46) for Michigan.
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