Tide Softball Hosts Southern Miss

All games count, but a team in the Southeastern Conference – regardless of sport – has to think about SEC competition. Alabama's softball team hasn't played an SEC game in a while, the Crimson Tide coming off its bye weekend. And Tuesday night, Bama has its final regular season midweek contest of the season.

Alabama (37-6 overall and 10-5 in the SEC) will host Southern Miss (11-32 and 1-13 in C-USA games) at 6 p.m. CDT Tuesday at Rhoads Stadium.

Alabama played back-to-back midweek contests before taking the weekend off last week. The Tide downed Mississippi Valley State, 8-5, before taking down in state foe UAB, 11-0, in six innings.

Against MVSU, junior catcher Molly Fichtner batted 3-for-4 with two RBI while senior Kayla Braud also batted 3-for-4 and scored a run. The next day against UAB, junior Kaila Hunt batted 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI while freshman Leona Lafaele smashed a pinch-hit grand slam to induce the mercy rule.

Over the last five games UA is 4-1 and has outscored its opponents, 41-21. The Tide is batting .372 with four home runs and 35 RBI. Alabama is pitching at a 3.61 ERA and has struck out 29 in 33 innings pitched.

Fichtner continued her stellar play into last week, building on to her SEC Player of the Week honors from the previous week. Over the last five games, the Houston native is batting .750 with a home run and eight RBI. The catcher is slugging 1.063 with two doubles, three runs, and two walks. Junior Kaila Hunt follows with a .583 average with a home run, a team-high seven runs scored and six RBI while freshman Haylie McCleney is batting .500 over that span with six runs, eight walks and three RBI.

Southern Miss is on an 11-game losing streak.

The two teams have met six times with Alabama holding a 4-2 advantage in the series. The last time the two teams met was on May 3, 2006, where the Tide earned a 5-1 win. Alabama is 3-0 all-time in games played in Tuscaloosa against Southern Miss.

Bama is 19-3 in Rhoads Stadium this year.

Against nonconference opponents Alabama has a 27-1 record with a .360 batting average. The Tide has outscored nonconference opponents, 222-53.

Alabama will close out its homestand against SEC Western Division foe Mississippi State this weekend. The two teams will begin the three-game series on Friday with first pitch at 6:30 p.m. CDT. The Sunday matinee will be televised by SportSouth. The Saturday game will be Bama's annual Power of Pink Game, presented by Tuscaloosa Toyota. The Tide will be wearing pink jerseys on Saturday against Mississippi State. The first 200 fans in the Brickyard will receive free pink T-Shirts.

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