VanBrakle named Player of the Week

Stephanie VanBrakle has been named the Southeastern Conference's Player of the Week by virtue of her performance this past week against Jacksonville State and #13 ranked Tennessee Lady Vols.

VanBrakle helped lead the seventh-ranked Crimson Tide softball team (23-3, 6-0) to a series sweep of the Lady Vols, driving in all three game-winning RBI in the series and collecting two wins.

"Every situation Stephanie faced was pressure packed, none bigger than the three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning," said Alabama Head Coach Patrick Murphy. "Her hitting has come around nicely over the last few games, and that's been a real nice lift for us."

VanBrakle hit a two-out, three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to help lead Alabama to a 4-3 victory. She also picked up the win in the circle striking out 11 batters.

Her solo home run in the second game of the series put the Tide on top for good and in the third and final game she drove in the Tide's two runs and pitched her way to her second win of the series.

VanBrakle finished the week with a .417 average, including two home runs during the sweep of Tennessee and a victory over Jacksonville State. She also posted a slugging percentage of 1.125 against the Lady Vols and is currently on a career high seven-game hitting streak and a five-game RBI streak.

VanBrakle and the Tide host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in a single game on Tuesday. The Crimson Tide and the Golden Hurricane aren't the fiercest of rivals but Tulsa will always hold one significant mark in Alabama softball history. In 1997 the Crimson Tide and the Golden Hurricane got together for the first softball game in Alabama history. The Tide got the best of the Hurricane taking a 5-2 victory in that, their only meeting.

Tulsa comes into the game on a four-game winning streak capturing the Leigh's Athletic Ware Panther Classic championship in Birmingham.

Alabama is currently on a 14-game winning streak, the third longest streak in program history.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Fans can follow all the action at www.rolltide.com where national-award winner Jarrod Shadrick will call all the balls and strikes along with broadcast partner Chad Anderson. The broadcast will also air in Tuscaloosa on New Rock 90.7 FM, WVUA. Live stats will also be available at www.rolltide.com.


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