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Alabama softball’s Bailey Hemphill is finalist for nation’s best freshman

Bailey Hemphill has been Alabama softball star in freshman season

Alabama softball’s Bailey Hemphill, who splits time as catcher and as the Crimson Tide’s designated player, has been named one of 25 finalists for the 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I Freshman of the Year, announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Hemphill, a native of Lafayette, La., has started 45 of the team’s 46 games. She is hitting .330 with 35 hits including five doubles, a triple and five home runs. She has 30 RBI and 23 runs scored. Her 43 walks ranks second in the Southeastern Conference as she is one of just two in the league with over 40 walks.
She reached base safely in 22-straight games to start the season, the second-longest streak by a freshman in program history.
Hemphill and the 12th-ranked Crimson Tide will host two non-conference games this weekend in Tuscaloosa, welcoming ninth-ranked Washington to Rhoads Stadium on Friday at 6 p.m. CDT and Saturday at 4:30 p.m.


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