Weather Big Foe For Tide Softball

Alabama softball has history on its side as it prepares for its final non-conference game of the regular season Wednesday. Bama's record against Alabama-Birmingham and the Crimson Tide's record at Rhoads Stadium portend victory.

The Alabama team of Coach Patrick Murphy, ranked sixth in the nation and with a No. 2 RPI national rating, is scheduled to host UAB at 6 p.m. CDT Wednesday. Bama has an all-time record of 10-0 against the Blazers, including a 3-0 win in Birmingham earlier this season. Additionally, the Crimson Tide is undefeated at Rhoads Stadium this year with a 20-game home winning streak.

The opponent that may not be defeated, however, is the weather.

Tuscaloosa was hit with serious storms in the early morning hours and more storms are predicted for the afternoon. A decision on the game is expected to be made soon.

Alabama is coming off a bad weekend, two late-game losses to Florida in Gainesville as the Gators took the series, 2-1, and dropped Bama's recod to 42-7 overall and 16-6 in Southeastern Conference play. UAB is 33-15.

Later this week the Tide has the final home series when Bama hosts SEC foe Kentucky, ranked 15th in the nation. The three-game series begins at 6:30 p.m. CDT Friday.

Over the last 10 games, Alabama junior Amanda Locke has produced in the middle of the lineup. Locke leads the team over that span with a .379 average, two home runs and seven RBI. Sophomore Kayla Braud follows Locke with a .342 batting average, six runs, 13 hits and four stolen bases. Freshman Jackie Traina isn't too far behind with a .296 clip and eight hits. In the circle, senior Kelsi Dunne sports a 3-2 record with a 1.53 ERA while fanning 59 in 50 1/3 innings. Traina is 2-3 with a 2.36 ERA while striking out 29 in 26 2/3 innings.

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