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Alabama Punches Ticket To Women's College World Series
Written by pmull
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After a marathon win in game one, Alabama was more efficient in game two, defeating Nebraska 2-1 in the second game of the weekend to earn the Super Regional win and punch the Crimson Tide's ninth ticket to the Women's College World Series.

"We knew that it was going to be a battle and it definitely was," said Head Coach Patrick Murphy. "I'm so proud of Jaclyn Traina because she gutted out so many performances over the year. She was much better than yesterday and I think everyone saw that."

The Super Regional win is Alabama's (50-11) ninth in program history and the third for this senior class that includes Traina (23-3), who threw the complete-game victory with just one run off three hits. A first-inning rally provided all the runs that Alabama would need, with Molly Fichtner and Marisa Runyon driving in the all-important runs while Haylie McCleney and Kaila Hunt each earned a pair of hits.

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Jesse Williams makes another trip to the White House
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This time with the Super Bowl Championship Seahawks.

Visiting Mr Obama has almost become an annual event for the 23-year-old, born and raised in Brisbane. His US college football team, the University of Alabama, made trips to the White House after winning national championships in 2011 and 2012.

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Re: Alabama Softball is No. 2 National Seed
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Wow, for those of you that didn't stay up for the conclusion of the game last night, you missed a classic. The game reminded me of two heavyweight fighters, Ali and Frazier, going at it, toe to toe, for twelve rounds. Each team had their chances to win the game after Bama tied it up on a Merissa Runyan home run in the bottom of the seventh inning but squandered away numerous chances to take the win until Grantham ended it with a long home run over the left center field fence.

When you look look back at the game and realize how Bama pulled this win off, you will find the least likely answer to this. It was the freshmen who did it. The home run ended the game but there were other plays by the freshmen in the previous innings that permitted Grantham the chance to win the game. Littlejohn, Runyan, Grantham, and Dare all played a veterans role last night in the win and this could be the key that unlocks the door for this team if they are to win another National Championship. It's only one game but last night has to light a fire under this team.

Post season play is when coaches hope the unexpected good things start to happen for their team and I would have to say, all of what happened last night had to be a little unexpected for Coach Pat Murphy. Was it possible to happen, yes, but was it probable to happen, no. Good luck to the ladies, I think they can now have a better vision of what they can accomplish with this years's team.

The sad part about tonight's game is that I can't be there, my granddaughter has a graduation in Collierville, Tennessee at 6 p.m. and I have to wonder how in the world her school could schedule their graduation on a night when Bama is playing softball. Just kidding though, Roll Tide ladies and I'll find some way to keep track of the game. Wink

"Report: Former Alabama great Derrick Thomas to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame"
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Report: Former Alabama great Derrick Thomas to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame
According to ESPN, he'll be one 16 members of the class of 2014.


Traina Named SEC Pitcher of the Year, Murphy SEC Coach of the Year
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Four Alabama players made the Southern Conference’s All-SEC team, announced Tuesday, including individual accolades for senior Jaclyn Traina, the 2014 SEC Pitcher of the Year, and Head Coach Patrick Murphy, the 2014 SEC Coach of the Year.

Traina, who also earned a spot on the First Team All-SEC, becomes just the second player in Alabama history to earn two SEC Pitcher of the Year awards, also earning the nod in her sophomore 2012 season. Former All-American Kelsi Dunne (2008-11) won back-to-back honors in 2010 and 2011. Traina was dominant in SEC play this season, compiling a 13-1 record over 15 starts with a 1.90 ERA. Four of her wins were against ranked opponents, including a pair against the then-top ranked Florida Gators in Gainesville, helping her win SEC Pitcher of the Week, USA Softball Player of the Week and NFCA Co-Player of the Week honors. Traina is just one win shy of earning the 100th of her career, which would make her just the third in Alabama history and the ninth in SEC history to surpass the triple-digit career mark.

Murphy, in his 16th season at the helm of the Crimson Tide, earns his fourth SEC Coach of the Year award, winning previously in 2006, 2010 and 2012. This year’s SEC Championship is his fifth at Alabama, including four in the last five years. He owns an 833-223 all-time record at Alabama, becoming just the 16th current Division-I coach with at least 800 wins at their current school earlier this season. Prior to the start of the season, Murphy was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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"'He gets it:' Alabama RB Derrick Henry riding Sugar Bowl momentum through 'fabulous' spring"
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'He gets it:' Alabama RB Derrick Henry riding Sugar Bowl momentum through 'fabulous' spring
"He's playing just like he left off," Alabama coach Nick Saban says.


Crimson Tide’s Haylie McCleney ‘a natural’ at athletics
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Haylie McCleney calls it instinct.

When she stood in center field a week ago, watched a ball flare off the bat of LSU’s Tammy Wray into shallow right field, ran and dived for it — landing so hard and with such speed that she broke her belt buckle while making the catch — it was instinct.

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AJ McCarron makes wish come true for 13 year-old
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AJ seems like a genuine good guy. He does not have to do these type things but he wants to. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders and keeps his priorities in order.

A 13 year-old boy from Samson is currently in the fight of his life dealing with a brain tumor doctors say is inoperable.

J.D. has a big love for the game of golf and former University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron.

Last week, Make-A-Wish Alabama decided to bring both of those loves together at the North River Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa.

Not only did J.D. get a chance to meet McCarron, but the two also hit the fairways.

After making their way around the course, the two hung out at the Mal Moore Athletic Complex.

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Re: Softball - Sunday vs. LSU
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What a weekend it was for the ladies. Today's game was a rerun of game 1, get a  lead and hold it. Bama is playing at a very high level right now and that is because JTrain has worked herself almost back to the level she was playing before her injury. The team feeds off of Traina, as they have all four of her years playing here.

There were many heroes this weekend and it wasn't just the hitters. Bama is playing as good defensively as they have played in quite some time. In yesterday's game, who would have ever thought Bama could win that game because Jury was having a terrible time with her pitching. It seemed that LSU was getting the first two batters on with no outs in every inning, but the defense and some timely good pitches bailed her out each time. I will give CPM some credit for his changes in the lineup in the latter innings yesterday with the pitchers. LSU has very good hitters, especially in the middle of their lineup and the changes that CPM was making with Littlejohn and Jury kept those at bay at two very critical times. Getting those two out their last two times at bat was the key to the win, Bama had gotten the lead and was really being pressed hard. I don't think Bama will play another team that has better hitters in the 3 and 4 slots than LSU, they hit the ball hard every time at bat. I have to give credit to McCleney in centerfield, she is by far the best womens softball player I have ever seen. She can beat you so many ways, the bat, running the bases, and with her arm, glove, and speed in the outfield.

Now we will have to wait and see how the team handles success. When you're number one in the league, being ready to play every gameday is a necessity. There are a lot of young players on the team and they are improving with every game but the X factor for this team is Jaclyn Traina, Bama goes as Traina goes.


9 Game SEC Schedule
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It's March, which means one of the annual storylines that accompanies the doldrums of the offseason is creeping to the forefront yet again.

The SEC schedule.
The conference voted last offseason to keep the current eight-game, "6-1-1" format for 2014 and 2015. That format features six conference games against divisional opponents, one permanent cross-division rivalry game and one rotating cross-division opponent.
But in 2016, the nine-game schedule is still on the table. According to Jon Solomon of, the majority of the SEC's athletics directors support the eight- or "eight-and-a-half" game schedule, the latter meaning that a quality nonconference opponent is required since Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky have annual rivalry games with quality out-of-conference opponents.
That doesn't necessarily mean that an eight-game conference schedule is here to stay. As Solomon points out, the decision will also be up to the presidents. Now that the SEC is not only a collegiate athletic conference but also very much in the television programming business, expect the presidents to view the discussion less as a football decision and more as one that can impact the bottom line.

When the SEC Network launches on Aug. 14, it will force the conference's powerbrokers to change the way they think. Sure, the bottom line has always been an issue and, to a point, they've always had to act like television executives.
Now they are television executives.
As a result, the new network needs inventory, and live college football games provide the most compelling inventory available on the network.
According to, the 24-hour channel will feature 1,000 live events, including 45 college football games in its first year of existence. With three games per Saturday and some weekday football games mixed in, wouldn't it be nice if the pool of games to choose from was a little more compelling?

Of course it would.

Adding one more conference game to the mix not only would create more meaningful games for the network, but also more options for CBS and ESPN—which wholly own SEC Network—to broadcast on their major networks.

The majority of ADs want eight games, and according to Solomon, every coach not named "Nick Saban" is in the same boat. But when the cash from the SEC Network starts rolling in, they'll be torn in two directions.

Eight conference games will still be attractive in the sense that it creates an easier path to the College Football Playoff and allows for scheduling flexibility; but nine games could contribute to more success for the network and more money available for salaries, facilities, etc.

Which takes precedence?

Money talks.

When it speaks, it's going to be in favor of a nine-game conference schedule.


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