Alabama fans get their first chance to see the No. 4 team in the nation this week. The Crimson Tide softball team of Coach Patrick Murphy has had some interesting times in the first two weeks of the season, including rolling to a 10-1 record.
None of those Alabama games, though, have been played in the Crimson Tide’s Rhoads Stadium.
That changes at 5 p.m. Wednesday when Bama hosts Troy (7-3). The Tide had an all-time record of 10-0 against the Trojans.
Alabama at home continues this weekend as Rhoads is the site of the annual Bama Bash, with the Tide playing Arizona Friday and Saturday, Marshall on Saturday, and Tennessee to close out the tournament Sunday. Arizona is ranked 15th and Tennessee 14th.
Alabama went undefeated last week, collecting five wins at the Panther Invitational at Georgia State in Atlanta, and also earning a midweek win over UAB in Birmingham. Bama had three pitchers combine to no-hit UAB, and in Atlanta Alexis Osorio had a no-hitter in her first start of the season, against Maryland.
The two no-hitters in a week was the first time that has happened for Alabama since the 2009 Super Regional against Jacksonville State. The no-hitters were the 28th and 29th in program history, and the performance against UAB was the third time Bama has had a no-hitter by combined pitchers.
It was the second career no-hitter for Osorio.
Bama concluded its performance in the Panther Invitational with a second win over Maryland, a 10-5 decision that gave Patrick Murphy his 900th head coaching victory in his 18 years at the helm of Tide softball.
As for some individual achievements in Bama’s rise to fourth in the national polls:
Andrea Hawkins hit safely in every game over the weekend, stretching her hitting streak to seven games. Her career-best hitting streak is eight, set in 2013. She leads the team with a .462 average.
Leona Lafaele is also over .400 with 13 hits in 30 at-bats for .433. She has three doubles and a home run. She has also drawn four walks, giving her an OPS of 1.161.
Demi Turner has a team-leading 14 hits in 36 at-bats (.389), including five multi-hit performances in 11 starts. She has also driven in a team-leading 12 RBIs primarily batting first or second in the order. She is 8-10 in stolen bases.
Freshman pitcher Madi Moore has a 5-0 record over five starts. She has allowed just five earned runs over 26 1/3 innings (1.33 ERA). She had pitched 19 innings before allowing her first earned run.