Once again, senior Amanda Locke was in the circle to pitch for Alabama’s ace Jackie Traina. And once again, she showed why the Crimson Tide is not just a one-pitcher team as it begins postseason play.
Locke allowed just one run and three hits as Alabama took down the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 5-1 in the first game of the NCAA Softball Tuscaloosa Regional. The win means Alabama will play the South Alabama Jaguars on Saturday at 1 p.m. with a chance to advance to the Regional final on Sunday.
“It just really talks about how good our pitching staff is,” senior Jennifer Fenton said. “We don’t have to rely on one person to do everything. It’s great for Amanda to come in, and she just threw her game and that’s what we ask her to do.”
South Alabama and Georgia Tech are currently heading into the seventh inning in the first game of today’s NCAA Softball Regional action from Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa. First pitch for Alabama vs. Tennessee-Martin is scheduled to get underway at 6:00 p.m., but that’s looking less and less likely.
After winning the SEC regular season and tournament titles, the Tide will begin the journey for its first ever Women’s College World Series title tonight. Here are some quick-hitters about this weekend and tonight’s matchup:
- This will be the first ever meeting between Alabama and Tennessee-Martin in softball.
- Alabama has appeared in an NCAA Regional every year under head coach Patrick Murphy. The Tide has won nine Regional titles and have hosted a Regional the last eight years.
- If Alabama wins, it will play the winner of this South Alabama/Georgia Tech game on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Elsewhere around the SEC: On Thursday, BYU beat Mississippi State 4-3 in nine innings. On Friday, Houston beat Auburn 2-1 and LSU beat Texas St. 1-0.