Alabama Softball Has Fall Games

The Alabama softball team begins its fall season Sunday at 1 p.m. at Rhoads Stadium with the first of three Fall Brawl double headers.

Alabama will host six games across three Sundays starting with Fall Brawl I against Northwest Florida State College. The Fall Brawl series gives the Crimson Tide a chance to look at different lineups and to gauge where the competition at different positions stand.

"Every lineup will be totally different." UA Coach Patrick Murphy said. "I will have a new lead-off hitter, a new clean-up and a new nine-hole hitter in every game. Secondly we are looking for a shortstop/second base combination as well as pitcher/catcher combinations."

Alabama enters the new season after compiling a 45-15 record last year. The Tide returns 14 players, including All-Americans Kaila Hunt, Jackie Traina and Haylie McCleney.

"We have really good leadership from our five seniors." Murphy said. "There are a few girls that really stand out to me early including Haylie McCleney, Leona Lafaele, Jackie Traina and Leslie Jury."

Traina posted a 19-8 record with a 2.49 ERA and added 13 home runs and 45 RBI. McCleney, in her freshman season, led the team with 68 runs, 120 total bases and a .538 on base percentage.

Alabama also welcomes four new faces to the squad – Chandler Dare, Peyton Grantham, Sydney Littlejohn and Marissa Runyon.

The Northwest Florida State College Raiders finished last season with a 39-14 regular season record and went 10-6 in the Panhandle Conference.

Alabama will return to the field for Fall Brawl II when it hosts the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders, including former Alabama great Kelly Montavo, now an MTSU assistant, on Sunday, Oct. 20. The Tide and Blue Raiders will compete in a twin-bill with the first game set for 1 p.m.

Admission is $5 at the stadium.

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