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THIS WEEKEND: #5/7 ALABAMA (42-4, 11-4 SEC) AT #6/9 FLORIDA (37-9, 9-6 SEC)
Gainesville, Fla. – Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium

  • Friday, April 19 (DH) – 4:30 p.m. CT
  • Saturday, April 20 – 1 p.m. CT
SCOUTING ALABAMA

  • Alabama is 42-4 entering this weekend's games, owning an 11-4 record in conference play, good for first place in the SEC standings
  • Last time out, Alabama swept Georgia over three games in Tuscaloosa, its first series sweep of the Bulldogs since 2011
  • Junior pitcher Sarah Cornell was named SEC Pitcher of the Week after earning a pair of victories over Georgia last weekend
  • For the second-straight week, Alabama is No. 5 in USA Today/NFCA top-25 and No. 7 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings
  • Five of the Tide's regular starters are hitting .300 or better, led by sophomore Kaylee Tow at .357. Junior Bailey Hemphill is batting .349 with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs, while junior Elissa Brown is third on the team with a .344 batting average and team-leading 33 stolen bases
  • Freshman Montana Fouts sports a 12-1 record and 1.00 ERA, striking out 118 over 91.0 innings pitched
  • Junior Sarah Cornell is 17-1 with a 1.87 ERA over 89.2 innings while junior Krystal Goodman has a 1.11 ERA and an 8-0 record
ALL-TIME VS. FLORIDA

  • Overall: Alabama leads 37-36
  • In Gainesville: 18-13 | In Tuscaloosa: 17-14 | At Neutral Sites: 2-9
  • Current Streak: Florida +2
  • Last Meeting: May 10, 2018 - Columbia, Mo. - L, 2-5 SEC Tournament
  • Last Meeting in Gainesville: May 27, 2017 - L, 1-2 NCAA Super Regional
LAST TIME OUT: ALABAMA SWEEPS GEORGIA IN WEEKEND SERIES

  • Alabama earned its second SEC sweep of the season and its first over Georgia since 2011 last weekend, besting the Bulldogs by scores of 7-1, 4-0 and 4-3
  • The one run scored on Saturday was Georgia's lowest run total of the season until Alabama shut them out the very next day
  • The Tide won game three in walk-off fashion, its second walk-off victory of the season following the Feb. 22 win over Minnesota
  • Junior Sarah Cornell earned a pair of wins in the circle vs. the Bulldogs, throwing a complete-game victory on Saturday with just one run allowed on two hits before earning a win in relief on Monday, retiring all seven batters she faced
  • Junior Krystal Goodman made her first SEC start Sunday against Georgia, throwing a complete-game shutout to hand the Bulldogs their first shutout loss of the season
  • Freshman Montana Fouts made her return to the circle in Monday's contest, throwing 4.0 innings in the start, allowing a leadoff infield single before retiring the next 12-straight, including seven strikeouts
  • Senior Merris Schroder was 3-for-8 at the plate over the series, hitting a pair of home runs and an RBI single. Schroder's four RBIs over the first two games accounted for over a third of the Tide's offensive output in those contests
SARAH CORNELL NAMED SEC PITCHER OF THE WEEK

  • Junior Sarah Cornell was 2-0 this weekend in the circle against the Bulldogs, throwing a complete-game victory on Saturday before earning a second win in relief Monday
  • In the series opener, she threw a complete game and held Georgia to just one run on two hits, its lowest totals in both categories to that point in the season
  • She entered in relief in Monday's series finale, retiring all seven batters she faced across 2.1 innings to ultimately earn the win following sophomore Kaylee Tow's walk-off RBI single
  • In her debut season with the Crimson Tide, the Hofstra transfer is 17-1 with a 1.87 ERA over 89.2 innings pitched
  • In SEC play, she is 6-1 with a 1.71 ERA that ranks third among league pitchers
  • This is Cornell's first career SEC Pitcher of the Week award and the first for the Tide since Alexis Osorio won on March 13 last season
  • Alabama has claimed 40 SEC Pitcher of the Week awards in program history
  • Cornell's award is the fifth weekly accolade of the season for the Tide, with fellow pitcher Montana Fouts earning three Freshman of the Week awards and Tow taking Player of the Week honors back on Feb. 11
ALABAMA AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS

  • The Tide leads the SEC and ranks fifth nationally with 105 stolen bases, one of only eight teams in triple digits
  • Alabama paces the conference and is sixth in the country with 67 home runs over 46 games, averaging 1.46 per contest
  • The Tide is first in the SEC and third nationally with 320 runs scored, one of eight teams in the country with at least 300 runs scored
  • Junior Bailey Hemphill is second on the NCAA leaderboards with 61 RBIs and tied for fifth with 19 home runs
  • Sophomore Kaylee Tow leads all players with 52 walks, eight better than second place, helping build a .553 on base percentage that ranks ninth
  • Junior Elissa Brown's 33 stolen bases is fifth nationally and only trails LSU's Aliyah Andrews for the SEC lead
  • Freshman Montana Fouts leads the SEC and is fifth among all pitchers with a 1.00 ERA and her 6.94 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranks ninth
ALABAMA IN SEC PLAY (TOP 3)

  • On Base Percentage - 1st - .430
  • Walks - 1st - 94
  • Stolen Bases - 1st - 31
  • Home Runs Allowed - 1st - 8
  • Slugging Percentage - 2nd - .533
  • Home Runs - 2nd - 26
  • Earned Run Average - 2nd - 2.70
  • Runs Allowed - T2nd - 50
  • Earned Runs Allowed - 2nd - 40
  • Runs Scored - 3rd - 100
  • Runs Batted In - 3rd - 86
  • Caught Stealing By - 3rd - 3
ELISSA BROWN APPROACHING 100 CAREER STOLEN BASES

  • Junior Elissa Brown is just six shy of becoming the seventh player in program history with 100 career stolen bases
  • The last Tide player to earn triple-digit stolen bases was Haylie McCleney (2013-16)
  • Of the six ranked above her in the career records, Brittany Rogers (2006-09), Kayla Braud (2010-13) and Kelly Kretschman (1998-01) were the only ones to reach 100 stolen bases before the end of their junior season
  • So far this season, Brown is 33-for-35 in stolen bases
HEMPHILL SLUGGING INTO SINGLE-SEASON TOP 10

  • Through 46 games, junior Bailey Hemphill is already posting some of the best power numbers in UA single-season history
  • Her 19 home runs is tied for 3rd all-time at UA with Marisa Runyon (2015) and Charlotte Morgan (2008)
  • The single-season record for home runs is 25, set by Kelly Kretschman in 1998
  • The only other player to surpass 20 home runs in a season is Kaila Hunt with 21 in 2012
  • Hemphill's 61 RBIs is 10th all-time at UA
  • The single-season RBI record is 80, set by Marisa Runyon in 2015, and only four players have surpassed 70
REAGAN DYKES TWO AWAY FROM CAUGHT STEALING RECORD

  • With six runners caught stealing this season, Reagan Dykes is second all-time at UA with 42 career runners caught stealing
  • She is two shy of Kendall Dawson's (2009-12) record total of 44
  • Dykes' 16 runners caught stealing last year was one off the single-season school record of 17 set by Dawson in 2011
  • Dykes, Dawson and Lacy Prejean (2000-03) are the only three catchers in school history with at least 16 runners caught stealing in a season
HOME SWEET HOME

  • Alabama is 22-1 at home this season, sporting its highest home winning percentage (.957) since 2011 when the Tide went 25-1 (.962)
  • Tide hitters have outscored the opponents 143-55 this season at Rhoads Stadium
  • 31 of the team's 67 home runs have come at Rhoads Stadium, paced by nine from junior Bailey Hemphill
  • Tide pitching owns a 1.89 ERA this season at home, holding the opponent to two or fewer runs in 17 of the 23 games played
ALABAMA RANKED NO. 5 IN NFCA RANKINGS

  • For the second-straight week, Alabama softball is ranked No. 5 in the USA Today/NFCA top-25 poll and No. 7 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll
  • With three weeks of conference play remaining, Alabama is the highest-ranked SEC team in the NFCA poll, joined in the top 10 by Florida (6/9), Tennessee (8/8) and LSU (9/6)
  • In total, 10 SEC programs are represented in both top-25 polls with Missouri and Mississippi State also receiving votes in at least one
 

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Fouts with a clutch K to end the threat. Bama's still up 3 - 1 going into the 6th.
 

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Did I hear The announcers say they were playing a doubleheader tonight ?
 

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Alabama Sweeps Friday Doubleheader vs. Florida to Clinch Weekend Road Series - University of Alabama Athletics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alabama softball won both games in Friday's doubleheader against Florida, claiming the weekend series over the Gators by scores of 3-1 and 6-1.

The series win is Alabama's (44-4, 13-4 SEC) 11th over Florida (37-11, 9-8 SEC) in the regular season and its seventh in Gainesville. The Tide fell behind early in game one but rallied with a pair of RBI singles and a run off a fielding error to take the 3-1 victory. Leading by the same margin in the seventh inning of game two, Alabama added some insurance runs on a two-run home run and an RBI single to bring it to its final margin of 6-1. The wins were bolstered by a pair of stellar pitching performances from freshman Montana Fouts and junior Sarah Cornell, who each threw complete-game victories allowing a combined two runs on four hits and 14 strikeouts.

GAME ONE: ALABAMA 3, FLORIDA 1
Alabama came out on the winning end of a tightly-contested pitcher's duel in game one of Friday's doubleheader, with three runs proving enough in the 3-1 win. Florida took the first lead of the game in the bottom of the first but the Tide answered back with a pair of runs to take the lead in the top of the third off RBI singles from sophomore Kaylee Tow and Bailey Hemphill. The third and final run of the day came off a Gator fielding error in the fifth inning. In the circle, Fouts (13-1) went the distance for the complete-game win, holding Florida to one run on two hits.

Following a one-out walk in the bottom of the first, a double from Florida's Kendyl Lindaman put the home team on the board first. Sophomore KB Sides drew a leadoff walk in the top of the third, Alabama's first baserunner of the day, and was moved up 60 feet up a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Maddie Morgan. Freshman Skylar Wallace drew another walk to put two on base as it turned back to the top of the order and, two batters later, Tow tied it up with an RBI single up the middle. Hemphill followed that with another RBI single before a groundout ended the inning with Alabama ahead 2-1.

With the score still 2-1 in the top of the fifth, Wallace bounced one off the wall in right and hustled all the way to third for a standup triple to lead off the inning. Three batters later, Hemphill drew a walk to put runners at the corners and a fielding error extended the inning and allowed a run to score. With two on base, a wild pitch moved both into scoring position but a strikeout ended the inning at 3-1.

The Gators made a pair of pitching changes over the last two innings but the Tide could not add to its two-run lead. Down to its final three outs in the bottom of the seventh, Fouts and the Alabama defense retired Florida in order to seal the 3-1 victory.

GAME TWO: ALABAMA 6, FLORIDA 1
Alabama found its power stroke in game two of the doubleheader, bashing a pair of home runs as part of a 12-hit performance against Florida to win, 6-1. Five players had multi-hit performances, including a pair of RBI singles from Morgan. Cornell (17-1) was lights-out in the circle, holding the Gators to one run on two hits with a season-high nine strikeouts.

Junior Elissa Brown led off the game with a single up the middle on the second pitch and then stole second in the next at-bat. Tow drew a walk to put two on and, after Brown was caught at third trying to advance on a wild pitch, Hemphill battled through a 12-pitch at bat to earn another free pass and put two on with one out. A fly ball allowed Tow to tag up and move to third and senior Regan Dykes beat out a slow roller for the RBI infield single, putting the Tide on the board first.

Florida's first hit of the game was a big one off the bat of Amanda Lorenz, a third-inning solo home run that tied the game at 1-1. Wallace broke the tie in the top of the fifth with a solo home run of her own, a no-doubt opposite field shot to lead off the inning. Brown followed that with a single to shallow left, stole second and the moved to third on a groundout. The Gators made a pitching change and a groundout got them out of the inning only trailing by one.

With a runner on first and nobody out in the top of the sixth, Sides dropped one into the gap in right for a triple but the runner was cut down at home trying to score for the first out of the inning. Morgan brought her home with an RBI single through the left side and Wallace followed that with a single before a strikeout ended the inning with the Tide ahead 3-1.

After Tow drew a four-pitch walk to start the seventh inning, Hemphill sent the eighth pitch of her at-bat over the left field fence, increasing the lead to 5-1. Later with two on and two out, Morgan dropped an RBI single into left to make it 6-1. In the bottom of the seventh, Florida's power-hitting duo of Lorenz and Lindaman got on base via a walk and single but the lineup couldn't scratch a run across as Alabama held on to win, 6-1.

The series wraps up Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. CT live on ESPN.
 

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I came pretty close to making a snarky comment asking how often we'd see Barnhill come off of the rubber in Gainesville. I thought twice and decided "why beat that horse again."

...until I watched some of the games yesterday. I don't understand why opposing coaches don't point this out more often in Gainesville. After watching Tim Walton's pitchers for several years now it's clear it's an illegal move that's not being called AND is being coached.
 

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Gator coach got tossed for telling the umo three times in fifteen seconds that double play call was "horseshit" (any lip reader could see that). Then when Bama comes to bat, Barnhill pops her.

They're getting pretty pissy about being swept. Bottom of the 7th, Bama's up 3 - 0. Two outs. Get the brooms!
 

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Great, now just need to avoid a sweep next weekend to win the regular season, I think.

I just looked up the standings, how does LSU have three more SEC games than any other team? All of the other teams have 18 games or less, going into the final weekend, LSU has 21.

Nevermind, I forgot that Bama has UK next weekend, then LSU the weekend after. Still wonder how LSU has played 3 more than anybody else.
 

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Come on. Home plate ump over rules base ump on a play that to close to call. As per announcers
Calls batter out for stepping out of box.
But batter really Wasn't.
Strike zone was all over the place. For both teams.
Tried to be homers for Gators. Just didn't work
Bama has some pitchers.
 

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Great, now just need to avoid a sweep next weekend to win the regular season, I think.

I just looked up the standings, how does LSU have three more SEC games than any other team? All of the other teams have 18 games or less, going into the final weekend, LSU has 21.

Nevermind, I forgot that Bama has UK next weekend, then LSU the weekend after. Still wonder how LSU has played 3 more than anybody else.
Uneven number of teams. LSU is the last one to have a bye. Standings will be even after next weekend when LSU plays Baylor.
 

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hands Florida their first home sweep in 8 Years!
 

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Roll Tide! This was a series that showed our potential. We have a title contender on our hands.
 

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Uneven number of teams. LSU is the last one to have a bye. Standings will be even after next weekend when LSU plays Baylor.
Ahh, that makes sense. It just seems like Bama has not had a bye week since they started conference play, unless their bye was the weekend before they started. Then again, maybe it is just me getting old.
 

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Ahh, that makes sense. It just seems like Bama has not had a bye week since they started conference play, unless their bye was the weekend before they started. Then again, maybe it is just me getting old.
Bama was off the second weekend. Played MO, and then went to Hawaii the next week.

Actually Kentucky will be the last to take the bye. They have not played as yet this weekend. They play Texas Tech on the last weekend.

And actually OOC would be more appropriate than bye.
 
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Alabama Defeats Florida, 3-0, to Complete Series Sweep - University of Alabama Athletics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alabama shut out Florida, 3-0, Saturday afternoon to complete the series sweep and win its seventh-straight game.

The series sweep is the first for Alabama (45-4, 14-4 SEC) over Florida (37-12, 9-9 SEC) since 2006 and its first in Gainesville since 2001. The two runs allowed this weekend is the fewest runs scored for the Gators in a three-game series vs. the Tide in Gainesville.

For the third-straight game, Alabama pitching was lights-out, with junior Krystal Goodman (9-0) throwing 4.0 shutout innings with six hits allowed, all singles, and five strikeouts. Freshman Montana Fouts backed her up with 3.0 shutout innings behind her, allowing just one hit for her fourth save of the season. Two of Alabama's three runs came off the bat of sophomore KB Sides, who blasted her second home run of the season.

Scoreless in the top of the second, senior Reagan Dykes drew a leadoff walk and junior Claire Jenkins laid down a bunt two batters later. Jenkins reached safely after the ball was dropped at first, allowing Dykes to move to third on the error but she kept going and stole home after the Gator first baseman held onto the ball, giving Alabama the 1-0 lead.

Florida threatened in the bottom of the third, putting a pair in scoring position after back-to-back base hits with one out. Goodman rallied to catch the next two Gators swinging, stranding them on base to hold the one-run lead. Alabama increased its lead in the next half-inning as Sides pulled a two-run home run to right field to make it 3-0.

After a leadoff single for the Gators in the bottom of the fifth, Fouts entered in relief and retired the next three straight, including a leaping grab in center from junior Elissa Brown to keep Florida out of the run column. In the bottom of the sixth, a walk and a throwing error put the first two Gator batters on base and a groundout moved them both into scoring position. Jenkins fielded the hard liner in the next at-bat and made the quick flip to sophomore Maddie Morganat third to catch the runner off the bag, ending the inning on the 6-5 double play to preserve the 3-0 lead.

Alabama couldn't add to its lead in the top of the seventh and Florida got the leadoff batter on in the bottom half, but the next three were retired in order to complete the win and the series sweep.

Next, Alabama travels to Cullman, Ala., for a neutral-site contest Tuesday, April 23 at 6 p.m. CT against Belmont at Heritage Park.
 

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Great, now just need to avoid a sweep next weekend to win the regular season, I think.
I started looking at this a bit last night and there's a chance Bama can get a share of the title if they sweep Kentucky next weekend. There are two teams that are two games back which can throw a wrench in the mix.

No matter what, it's a hell of a lot better than the SEC coaches pick of Bama finishing eighth in conference play this season. A HUGE swing and a miss on those picks.
 

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I started looking at this a bit last night and there's a chance Bama can get a share of the title if they sweep Kentucky next weekend. There are two teams that are two games back which can throw a wrench in the mix.

No matter what, it's a hell of a lot better than the SEC coaches pick of Bama finishing eighth in conference play this season. A HUGE swing and a miss on those picks.
Its their pitching.....got some dandies....Fouts..wow is she destined for stardom..
But its also..ball....sometimes it falls in for a hit...sometimes it doesn’t...
Bama D is good too....girls are very athletic......good mix of players.....
Swept UGA and Florida......awesome
 

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