Alabama will begin its second tournament at Rhoads Stadium when the Crimson Tide hosts its Crimson Classic Friday-Sunday. Coach Patrick Murphy’s Bama team, ranked ninth in the nation, will open the tournament against Jacksonville (Fla.) University at 4 p.m. CST Friday.
Also on Friday the Tide will meet Drake at 6 p.m. Friday. On Saturday it will be the Alabama vs. Stanford at 1:30 and Bama vs. Drake at 4 p.m. Bama wraps up against Jacksonville at 1:30.
Earlier this year Alabama went 5-0 in its Bama Bash tournament.
Alabama, 14-2 after a 5-4 win over UAB earlier this week, begins a 12-game homestand with the Crimson Classic.
The Tide relies on two all-star pitchers in Sydney Littlejohn and Alexis Osorio. Freshman Bailey Hemphill has been outstanding at the plate for Bama.
Jacksonville comes into the tournament with a 10-5 record. The Dolphins are led by Allie McCourt and Bethany Kursch at the plate, while Taylor Thorpe is pitching ace. Drake is 12-5. Sarah Maddox is the hitting star, Nicole Newman top pitcher. Stanford, 10-5, is led by Teaghan Cowles on offense and Carolyn Lee in the circle.
Alabama has an all-time record of 1-0 vs. Jacksonville and 5-0 vs. Drake, but only 6-4 vs. Stanford.
The Tide is 44-9 all-time in the Crimson Classic.