Alabama Softball Hosts A&M This Weekend

Home sweet home? Usually Rhoads Stadium is a winning venue for the Alabama softball team, so it’s a bit unusual that the Crimson Tide has suffered six of its seven losses in Tuscaloosa. That’s primarily because Bama has played a tough schedule, and that trend continues this weekend.

Alabama, ranked fifth in the nation, plays host to Texas A&M, ranked 23rd in the nation, in a three-game series beginning Friday. It is the Aggies first trip to Tuscaloosa.

The Crimson Tide and A&M will start the series at 6:30 p.m. CDT Friday. Saturday’s game begins at 2 p.m. and the Sunday finale begins at 1:30.

Alabama is 23-7 and Texas A&M 24-7 this season with both teams 6-3 in Southeastern Conference games.

Pitching has been the key for Coach Patrick Murphy’s Crimson Tide with Bama leading the SEC with a 1.46 earned run average. Freshman Alexis Osorio (10-3) is first in the league with a 1.15 ERA and has struck out 95 batters in 83 2/3 innings while allowing just 27 walks. Leslie Jury is sixth in the conference with an ERA of 1.88.

Haylie McCleney leads Bama with a .488 batting average and is tied with Demi Turner for the Alabama lead in hits with 42. Turner is batting .457. Marisa Runyon slugged her team-leading fifth homer in Wednesday’s win over Georgia Tech (her second grand slam homer of the year) and has 23 runs batted in, one short of McCleney’s team-high 24.

Alabama has a .979 fielding percentage, tied for the SEC lead and 11th nationally, as Bama has committed an SEC best 16 errors.

Expect to see Rachel Fox in the circle for the Aggies. She has thrown 125 1/3 of A&M’s 208 2/3 innings this year and has a 13-4 record, 2.35 ERA, and 108 strikeouts.

Baja has a 6-1 advantage in the series.

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