Alabama’s 6-0 start – highlighted by a perfect game thrown by sophomore Sydney Littlejohn – has kept Coach Patrick Murphy’s team ranked among the nation’s top teams. Alabama softball remains in the top five in both national polls, ranking third in the USA Today/NFCA poll and fourth in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
Samford has a 4-1 recod. The Bulldogs are coached by former Alabama player Mandy Burford. She played at Alabama from 2004-07, helping lead the Tide its first regular season SEC title in 2006. Samford assistant Ashley Holcombe Bell was a mainstay behind the plate for the Tide from 2006-09.
The Crimson Tide has an all-time record of 19-2 against Samford.
Alabama opened the season against South Alabama in Mobile, then played five games in the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores. Following Wednesday’s game, Bama makes a real road trip, going to California for the Stanford Nike Invitational. There, Alabama will play five games over three days starting on Friday. Opponents include Stanford, Cal Poly, and Pacific.