Alabama Softball Opens Play Today

Alabama's softball team opens the season today in Mobile against Memphis. That game won't be televised, but the Crimson Tide will be televised nine times this season.

The Alabama softball team of Coach Patrick Murphy is ranked second in the nation, but part of a tough schedule has the Crimson Tide opening play in the Mardis Gras Invitational in Mobile. Bama's first pitch today (Frdiay, Feb. 10) is against Memphis at 3 p.m. CST at South Alabama' Jaguar Field.

Alabama returns two All-Americans in Kayla Braud and Jackie Traina.

Braud earned All-American honors for the second straight season as she once again paced the Tide in numerous offensive categories. The fleet-footed outfielder led the nation with 58 stolen bases and ranked 15th in the country with a .436 batting average.

Traina, despite being just a freshman, proved to be one of the top two-way players in the country. She batted .351, slugged 13 home runs while posting 19 wins and a 1.70 ERA in the circle.

Memphis and Jacksonville State were both 2011 NCAA Tournament participants and Lipscomb was in the 2010 field.

The Alabama softball team will be featured nine times to a television audience as part of the Southeastern Conference package. A total of 30 SEC softball games will air in accordance with the agreement with the ESPN networks and regional partners FOX Sports South/SportSouth, and CSS.

The Crimson Tide will play in front of a national audience six times on the ESPN family of networks. The nine total television dates are the most of any team in the conference.

Alabama opens its TV schedule against Mississippi on March 17 on ESPNU. The Tide will have its doubleheader against the Tennessee Lady Vols televised on CSS on March 21. UA will then play an ESPNU contest at rival Auburn on March 27 on the tail end of the doubleheader.

On April 6, Alabama will welcome LSU for an ESPNU game and then the series finale will air on Fox Sports South on April 8.

ESPN2 will cover a rare Thursday night game when Alabama heads to Athens, Ga., to face the Bulldogs on April 19. The Florida series in Tuscaloosa will once again be televised as ESPN2 will carry the March 5 game and the series finale will be on ESPNU.

All SEC Softball Tournament games will be televised live on the ESPN networks. Three of the quarterfinal games and the two semifinal games will air on ESPNU. Thursday night's quarterfinal game will air on ESPN as well as Saturday's championship game. The SEC Tournament is May 10-12, hosted by the University of Alabama at Rhoads Stadium.

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