A year ago the softball fans at UAB were excited to open a new stadium and to have Alabama for the inaugural event. After 17 Blazers struck out in Bama's 7-3 win, the Crimson Tide might have understood if no invitation was forthcoming this year.
But Alabama is going back to UAB for a 6 p.m. CST game Tuesday. The contest starts a two-week, 12-game road trip for the Crimson Tide.
When Alabama opened its softball complex 12 years ago, UAB had been the inaugural opponent, so Bama was returning the favor last year. Kelsi Dunne was something of a rude guest at the coming out party. She struck out a career-high 17 patters to spoil the Blazers' fun.
On Tuesday, Alabama and UAB will play for the 10th time. Alabama's record is 9-0 against the Blazers.
The Crimson Tide is 10-0 this year and ranked third in the nation in one poll, seventh in another.
Alabama is coming off an impressive performance in its own Bama Bash. Alabama won five games—two over Louisville, two over Syracuse, and one over Texas-San Antonio. Tide freshman Jackie Traina, a pitcher and designated hitter, was MVP of the tournament and earned Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors. Alabama won four of the five games via the run-rule. Nine Tide players hit a total of 14 home runs and the Tide scored 61 runs in the five games.
On the season, the Crimson Tide has now outscored its opponents 108-21, and has crushed 24 home runs. Alabama has scored 10 or more runs on four different occasions and eight or more, eight times this season.
UAB is 5-5 this year.