Tide Softball Plays This Weekend

In the early 1970s, a ticket to the Alabama-Tennessee football game cost $5. That has gone up a bit. But there is still a good $5 Alabama sports bargain this weekend.

The Alabama softball team will close out its fall schedule this weekend hosting the second and third edition of the 2010 Fall Brawl. The first game of the weekend will feature Alabama taking on Central Alabama Community College at 4 p.m. on Friday.

Admission is $5 each day, charged at the gate, as part of the Alabama Diamondbackers fall fundraiser.

Central Alabama and Chattanooga will join the Tide as the participants for Fall Brawl II on Friday. After the opening game against CACC, Alabama will face off against Chattanooga.

Saturday the Crimson Tide will close out its 2010 fall slate with Fall Brawl III. Wallace State and Samford will provide the competition for the third and final tournament.

Alabama will face Wallace State at 2 p.m., before playing its last fall game of the year against Samford at 4 p.m. The matchup between Samford will be the first for the new Bulldogs coaching staff against their alma mater.

Former Tide great Stephanie VanBrakle now serves as Samford's head coach with fellow Capstone alums Mandy Burford and Kellie Eubanks serving as assistant coaches.

Alabama will look to defend its Southeastern Conference Championship this spring when the Tide takes the field in February. The 2011 schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

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