Softball Hosts the 2002 Bama Bash!

The No. 13 ranked University of Alabama softball team returns home this weekend to host the 2002 Bama Bash!

Alabama will be looking to defend their title against the likes of Samford, Evansville and Maryland.

For Evansville and Maryland 2002 marks their first appearance in the Bama Bash! while the Samford Bulldogs make their second appearance in the Bash.

The Tide will be looking to defend their 2001 title as they went 5-0 in the tournament while defeating Samford 11-3 en route to the championship.

Returning for her senior season, Shelley Laird is one of the top 10 pitchers in the nation.

Bama is led offensively by All-Americans Jackie McClain and Suzanne Olcott who led the Tide in Arizona against the top-ranked Arizona Wildcats. McClain hit two home runs off last year's national player of the year, Jennie Finch, while going .500 for the series. Olcott is hitting .556 after going 5-9 in the series with two doubles.

The Tide is currently riding a five-game win streak in the tournament and has won eight of their last 10 Bama Bash! games.

The tournament is set to begin Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Maryland and Evansville squaring off. Samford and Evansville will play the second game which will begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. The Tide will take the field at 4:00 p.m. against Maryland and will close out the day at 6:30 p.m. against Samford.

Live play-by-play and scoring for all games will be available at www.rolltide.com, while Alabama's games against Maryland and Samford will be broadcast on 90.7 FM WVUA. The broadcasts will also be available at WVUA's website at www.newrock907.com.

Tickets are available at the gate or by calling the Alabama ticket office at 205.348.BAMA.

2002 Bama Bash!

Feb. 8-10, 2002
Alabama, Evansville, Maryland, Samford
H-Home team
During the second day of play, home team will be determined by coin toss.

Friday, Feb. 8 - Session I

11:00 a.m. Maryland (3rd base) vs. Evansville (H, 1st base)
1:30 p.m. Samford (H, 3rd base) vs. Evansville (1st base)
4:00 p.m. Maryland (H, 1st base) vs. Alabama (3rd base)
6:30 p.m. Alabama (H, 3rd base) vs. Samford (1st base)

Saturday, Feb. 9 - Session II

11:00 a.m. Samford (1st base) vs. Maryland (3rd base)
1:30 p.m. Alabama (3rd base) vs. Evansville (1st base)
4:00 p.m. Seed #1 vs. Seed #4
6:00 p.m. Seed #2 vs. Seed #3

Sunday, Feb. 10 - Session III

11:00 a.m. Consolation
1:00 p.m. Championship

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