UA Softball Advances with 6-0 Win

The Alabama softball team made it a clean sweep on Sunday, defeating Hofstra on Sunday afternoon to win the Region 12 NCAA Championship without losing a game in the double-elimination format.

No. 8 ranked Alabama jumped up on Hofstra early and never let up in the title game, winning 6-0. at the Alabama Softball Complex.

"I was happy we got on them early and then we kind of coasted from there," Alabama head coach Pat Murphy said.

The Crimson Tide scored one run each in the first two innings and then scored three in the third inning, including a two-run homer from pitcher Stephanie VanBrakle to put the game out of reach of the Pride.

"I think everything is starting to come together well," VanBrakle said. "Everyone is getting a good bat on the ball and our pitching is coming through. The past two weekends we've shown how good we can be."

Alabama closed out the game with a solo homerun from Ashley Courtney in the top of the seventh to finish out the Tide's scoring. For Courtney, a senior, it was her last at-bat in her home stadium.

"Before the inning started, (assistant coach) Aly (Habetz) came up to me and said this is my last at bat on this field," Courtney said "I got into the box and I just wanted to make it memorable, give the fans something to scream at. I think I did a good job with that."

VanBrakle picked up the win, running her season mark up to 31-6 while Callie Osborne fell to 25-7.

Alabama will face Texas A&M in an NCAA Super Regional next weekend, looking for its third bid to the College World Series.

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