Not that Alabama softball needs any more pressure as it continues Southeastern Conference play this weekend hosting South Carolina, but the team can achieve a milestone for Coach Patrick Murphy in the home stand against the Gamecocks.
Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy is just three wins shy of his 1,000th career win, owning a career record of 997-278 (.782). This includes a 28-20 record as the interim head coach at Northwest Missouri State in 1995 and a 969-258 (.790) mark as head coach of the Crimson Tide, a position he has held since 1999.
The Crimson Tide’s next three games come before the home crowd at Rhoads Stadium. Bama hosts South Carolina in games at 6:30 p.m. CDT Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 Sunday. Alabama is 19-0 at home this season.
There are 22 1,000-win coaches all-time at the Division-I level, 15 of which are still active coaches.
In the SEC, five active coaches have already surpassed the 1,000-win plateau: Ralph and Karen Weekly (Tennessee), Jo Evans (Texas A&M), Clint Meyers (Auburn) and Lu Harris-Champer (Georgia). Former South Carolina coach Joyce Compton (1987-2010) also surpassed 1,000 career wins.
Alabama is 28-3 overall and ranked ninth in the nation and the Tide is 5-1 in SEC games. The Gamecocks are 20-10 overall, 1-5 in conference play.
Alabama leads the league in hits (42), batters struck out (45), and is second in runs (32), on base percentage (.400), RBI (26), ERA (0.92), and opposing batting average (.181).