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Alabama faces Jacksonville, Drake, Stanford in second softball tourney of year

Alabama opens Crimson Classic against Jacksonville

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.

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